Interview with Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, a cozy mystery, is entitled, Sunny Side-Up. It's book two in the Susan Cramer Mystery series. After solving the mystery in book one, Scrambled, Susan 's adventure takes her on a dream cruise to the Hawaiian islands. But murder doesn't escape her on vacation either.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
I love marketing! So much so, I created a marketing book to help myself out as well as other authors interested in promoting their work using little or no money! I promote with author interviews like this one, reviews, radio interviews, speaking engagements, book trailers, and more!
What formats is the book available in?
Sunny Side-Up, to be released in October of 2014, will be available in paperback and eBook formats.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
When was the last time you were on a cruise ship and someone fell dead at your feet? Sunny Side-Up is full of twists and turns that will keep you reading until the last page! Susan is an amateur sleuth with a bold personality. She knows what she wants, but she's also known for stumbling in words and action. You will find humor in Sunny Side-Up as well as strange choices that lead to even stranger conclusions.
Who designed the cover?
This is a great question with a fun story behind it. I knew what I wanted. A Sunny Side-Up egg on the front cover. I wanted the picture to be bold and unforgettable. My husband, who is the photographer, came up with the red pan idea. We bought the pan at Wal-Mart and a few days later my husband was standing on a kitchen chair, camera in hand, as the egg sizzled on the stove. He took about a million pictures of the event, choosing one for the front cover. While he got busy designing the cover, I ate the fried egg.
Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?
I'd taken a cruise, but had to study quite heavily on cruise ship protocol. I didn't know, for example, where bodies were stored that died on board, where the cruise ship staff slept, or even what the captain's cabin looked like.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
All of my books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If a reader wants an autographed copy of any of my books (Sunny Side-Up makes 7) they can visit my website at: http://www.ariverofstones.com
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
My first book was published traditionally, and I bought the rights back years later because I wanted more control over the books I published. The decision has been a good one for me. I now am the owner of Idea Creations Press, and help other writers publish their books at a fair price.
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My husband is the photographer of most of my books, but he also formats my books and takes care of everything techy so that I can write. I have an in-home office and my family knows that I work in there for the most part. Most of the time they give me the space to write because they know writing is much more than a hobby for me.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to garden and work out in the yard; that means I also love to mow the lawn! Incredible, you say? Well, there is something fantastic about a well-manicured lawn and beautiful flowers swaying in the summer breeze.