Today I welcome C.J. Baty to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.
C.J. Baty Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1) I started writing Twilight Fan Fiction before I was first published.
2) I titled my first published release “A New Dream” because it was my dream to published and it came true.
3) I spend time in the Smokey Mountain National Park for inspiration.
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Descriptive Sensual Humours
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Sir Author Conan Doyle
4) Share your 3 favourite books
All Lessons Learned (A Cambridge Fellows Book)
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
Notebook and Pen (I count these as one)
Diet Mountain Dew
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
At my desk, which looks out into my backyard.
In the mountains. I have one place where I can park in the shade and listen to the water rushing by.
A local shop called My Favorite Muffin, fabulous coffee, muffins and bagels.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
I would love to write paranormal or sci-fi.
For my gay romances and mysteries, I’d like to be a part of Dreamspinner Press.
I want to eventually write mysteries/romances with an older female as the lead finding love again.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up.
Find a group of writers where you can get encouragement and help (NANOWRMO is great for this)
Go to events, you don’t have to be a featured author. Go as a reader. Meet other authors. Meet readers. It’s a great way to get to know the business side of doing what you love.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
1) I have started a new series which will be a collection of novella size gay contemporary romances all based around a gay club in Atlanta. I want to release them quickly a month apart.
2) I have begun the next Pinkerton Man story which will out later in 2018 if everything goes well.
3) In 2019, I’d like to finally release a paranormal story.
10) Tell us about your latest release
My latest release is Murder in New York. It is the third Pinkerton Man story. The first two stories are in the original release titled The Pinkerton Man. This story can be read as a stand alone, but if you read the first story you will have a better understanding of the main characters motives in finding the killer in this story.
The story takes place in the early 1900’s in New York City. It was a time of great differences between the rich and the poor, between men and women too. Lizzie Ferguson, Stiles Long’s partner and best friend, is a modern woman in her mind. She doesn’t need a man to fulfil her and if she could only get her father to understand that, things would be so much better. However, her father is killed shortly after her return to NYC and she is the number one suspect.
In the meantime, the NYC branch of the Pinkerton Agency has requested Stiles help with a case which has similarities to the first case he was on for the agency. When one of the suspects from the original case shows up at the hotel where the victims have been reported to be seen, Stiles goes after him. However, there is just one little problem. Michael O’Leary is the one-man Stiles has never been able to forget and is drawn to in a way like no other.
Two different murder mysteries occur in this book. Some of the suspects are overlapping, which makes it difficult to discover the killers. The reader also gets a more detailed look at Lizzie and her life and secrets, which was something readers had asked for.
In my research for this book, I discovered that in the early 1900’s there were several well-known bars that catered to homosexual men. They could openly meet other men and if they dressed well and behaved in a gentlemanly manner they were quite welcome in the establishments. The Astor Hotel was one of the most popular. This was before the hotel merged with the Waldorf hotel and became the Waldorf Astoria that we know today.
I’m very proud of this book and these characters. Their story will continue with new adventures.
Pinkerton Man #3
Heat Rating: 4-5
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Coming back to New York to see her ailing father, Lizzie Ferguson did not expect to find him healthy and newly married to a much younger woman. She, also, didn’t expect to connect with an old lover and childhood friend or be accused of killing her father. But, life has a way of knocking you to your knees when you least expect it.
Stiles Long had always regretted that the killer, from his first case as a Pinkerton Agent, had got away. Now, in New York it was happening again. The Hotel Astor Bar was a meeting place for men who enjoyed the company of men. And, some of them were being brutally murdered. When one of the suspects from the original case appears at the hotel, Stiles is torn between his desire to stop a killer and kiss the man senseless.
Two different cases, but some of the faces overlap from one to the other. Stiles and Lizzie are in a race to discover who the killers are before another body gets added to the count.
CJ has kindly offered a free eBook from her backlist to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The author will select a winner at random from any entries.
CJ Baty lives in southwest Ohio with her very patient husband and two encouraging children. Her heart however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire someday. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.
The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.
One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is, “You are never too old to follow your dream!”