The Purloined Poinsettia Playlist

  1. Faith’s Song – Amy Wadge
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
  3. Better Days – Dermot Kennedy
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Love You Right – Walk Off The Earth
  6. Deck The Halls – Pentatonix
  7. The First Noel – Pentatonix
  8. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
  9. 12 Days of Christmas – Pentatonix
  10. Happy Now – Pentatonix

Things I googled for Purloined Poinsettia

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  1. Dulwich Village
  2. Various stairwells in the tube stations in and around Covent Garden
  3. How fire spreads
  4. Seeds to plant in winter
  5. Winter storms in Cornwall
  6. Covent Gardens flats.
  7. Travel routes/times between Dulwich and Polperro
  8. Unique manners of death
  9. Serial Killers and why they keep trophies
  10. Best cat treats

An Introduction to Dempsey

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We meet Wayne Dankworth in book two of Motts’s series. He’s a ‘fancy London detective’ who works cold cases and has been looking into her childhood friend’s murder. He develops a soft spot for Motts. We see a lot more of him in Purloined Poinsettia.

So here are a few things about him.

  1. A definitely silver fox.
  2. He was very loosely inspired, at least visually, by the character Deacon on SWAT.
  3. Enjoys solving cold cases.
  4. A cat person.
  5. Cares greatly about the detectives under his command.
  6. Has a soft spot for Motts (and went out of his way to educate himself about autism and neurodivergence.)
  7. Highly educated.
  8. Enjoys a good sandwich.
  9. Finds the ocean peaceful.
  10. Relaxes by looking into historical cold cases.

Motts Cold Casy Mystery Sale

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In celebration of the upcoming release of Purloined Poinsettia, the fourth book in my Motts series.  We’re having a little sale

Poisoned Primrose is 99c from July 26th – Aug 25th!

https://books2read.com/motts1

Pierced Peony is 2.99 from July 26th – Aug 25th!

https://books2read.com/motts2

Autistic, asexual, and almost forty, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley flees London with her cat and turtle to a quaint cottage in Cornwall. She craves the peace of life in a small village. The dead body buried in her garden isn’t quite what she had in mind, though.

Will Motts survive the onslaught of murderously bad luck?

Can she solve the mystery before it all spins out of control and off a cliff?

The Biggest Mistake I Made…

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…when I started writing.

I thought it might be fun to think back over the past six or seven years of my writing career and think about the mistakes I made, especially at the beginning. No one is perfect.

Everyone screws up in one way or another.

I’m no different.

When it comes to writing itself, my biggest mistake, in the beginning, was trying to be a non-autistic author. And by that I mean, I read lots of advice in blogs, books, and online. All of it was geared towards neurotypicals (as is most self-help.)

Much of that advice is great–unless you’re autistic or neurodivergent.

And the mistake I made was trying to make myself fit into that mold. A mold I was never going to be able to fit into. Setting goals and tasks for myself that I was never going to be able to complete.

It led to burn out. Disappointment. And put me into a bad place mentally for a while.

I had to fight my way back to enjoying writing.

The biggest lesson I learned was finding what works for me.

Finding it and accepting that what works for a non-autistic author will likely not work for me. And that’s okay. It’s okay to need a little extra help from my publisher. It’s okay to not be able to do ‘all the must do things to be a successful author.’

It’s okay to just be me.

And to just do what works for me.

5 Things Osian & Dannel Shouldn’t Have Done

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  1. According to detective inspector Haider Khan? Intrdue on his crime scene.
  2. Walk straight into danger.
  3. Attempt to question a murderer (see #1 + 2)
  4. Underestimate the power of lust and love.
  5. Eaten an entire pizza at three in the morning.

The Most Difficult Parts….

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..of writing Crown Court Killer

First?

Writing in a pandemic. Being creative during ‘interesting and traumatic’ times is difficult at best. Difficult feels like such an understatement for what writing in the past two years has been like.

Second?

Burn out. (See above) A combination of the pandemic and personal life stuff hit me really hard right about the time I began writing Crown Court Killer. It made the entire process a lot harder than usual.

Third?

A complex murder plot involving a lot more moving parts than I usually deal with.

Fourth?

Uncooperative characters who further complicated a complex plot. My characters often run amuck (amuck is such a good word.) But they definitely had mind of their own in Crown Court Killer.

Fifth?

Another story calling my name. I won’t lie; I spent a lot of the time thinking about Purloined Poinsettia, Motts’s next adventure. It’s hard to work on one mystery when another is loudly screaming at your muse.