Today I welcome CeeCee James, USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series. She’s here today to talk about her Flamingo Realty Mysteries and, in particular, Duplex Double Trouble. Glad you’re here, CeeCee!
Tell me about your new book.
This whole series has been incredible to write. It’s called The Flamingo Realty Mysteries, and the running story is about Stella O’Neil, who returns to her home state to try and reunite her family of stubborn men. She never expected the personal growth she would go through herself. Each story builds on the next, woven in super fun murder mysteries that she always seems caught in. The newest is called Duplex Double Trouble and I honestly love it. Stella is my hero!
Who is the audience for the book?
Anyone who loves a good clean mystery with some humor, crazy clues, and a dead guy!
Tell me about the setting of your book—how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?
I chose Pennsylvania because one of the characters is in another series, The Baker Street cozy mysteries. That’s Stella’s home town that she returns to!
Interesting! I saw the covers and I assumed Florida. But Pennsylvania is near me, so that’s cool!
What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
The hardest thing is to make sure there are enough clues without giving too much away. ❤
If your book were made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?
If it were made into a movie I’d freak out so much I probably wouldn’t care!
Have you written any other books?
Yes! This is number 25!
Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?
I have a few critique partners I really adore. They help me keep the story in line.
Do you write every day?
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite genres?
I have so many favorite authors! Terry Pratchett, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lucy Maud Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, Daphne du Maurier, Stephen King, James Herriot and Neil Gaiman just to name a few. I read all sorts of genres.
Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?
Right now, Hawaii!
I’m with you there.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Do it for yourself. Get that first draft done and save the editing for the second time through. Advice is good, but trust your own gut as well.
What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings series. Why? Because Tolkien is one of my favorite authors and I love the series. But the books weren’t something my husband could get into. So when the movies came out, we could finally discuss it. Loved that!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Ohhh such a good question. I’d tell myself that you’re going to be okay. Keep looking up.
Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, Hobbity (in the ‘I really really like my home’ way, not the ‘hairy feet’ way), and Creative
Where can readers connect with you?
Where can readers find your books?
Thank you so much! This was so fun!!
Thanks for visiting, CeeCee! I enjoyed having you here.
Until next time,