A Chat with Shelley Freydont
1. If you could live a day in the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
Alice, while she’s in Wonderland
2. What is your all time favorite book? And what books are currently on your nightstand?
I have too many favorite books to name; they change with age and life stages and are favorite for different reasons. Charlotte’s Web, Little Women, Emma, Pickwick Papers, all of Mary Stewart and Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Michaels), Two Moons by Thomas Mallon, The All True Adventures of Liddy Newton by Jane Smiley. At the moment I’m reading, A Desperate Fortune, by Susannah Kearsley, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, and rereading Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart.
3. If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
I always wanted to be a pianist, but now I think I’d like to run a small museum somewhere on the Cornwall Coast.
4. Do you read and/or comment on reviews?
Yes, I read them. I never comment online. I appreciate points that I think can use to hone my work. I’m thankful for those whose lives are affected by my work, and I leave the other stuff alone.
5. How much more fun (or more difficult is it) to write stories centered around holidays – as is Trick or Deceit?
It can be really fun to create a mystery around holidays, It can also be a little challenging to fit all elements into a specific time period and holiday mood. And not to become cloyingly holiday. Mainly I just have to plan ahead. And sometimes you stumble over great additions that wouldn’t ordinarily fit into your story, for example a Zombie parade for Trick or Deceit.
6. What is one question that you hear too many times during interviews? And a question that you wish someone would ask?
I never get tired of interview questions but when I meet someone and they ask if my books are something that they would have heard of, I wish they would rephrase it to can you tell me some of the titles of your book?
This or That?
1. Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction
2. Novella or Tome? Tome
3. Cover or Synopsis? synopsis
4. Bookstore or Library? Both
5. Pen or Pencil? Pen
6. Hardcover or Paperback? Paperback
7. E-book or Audiobook? Audiobook
8. Science Fiction or Paranormal? Paranormal
9. Stand Alone or Series? Both
10. Bookmarks or Dog Ears? Bookmarks
About Trick or DeceitTitle: Trick or Deceit
Series: A Celebration Bay Mystery #4
Author: Shelley Freydont
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 304 pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
The author of Independence Slay invites readers back to Celebration Bay for Halloween festivities with more tricks than treats…
This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.
But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized ... and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.