For me, the hardest part of being an author is promoting my books. Plotting, researching, writing and editing are primarily solitary acts and I love every aspect of the process. But I shudder when it comes time to shout, “Look at me! Buy my book!” I’m not a shy person by any means but I’ve never been completely comfortable with drawing attention to myself and/or my novels. I think most people who know me would consider me an extrovert and I do love being around people but I need even more time to myself. The truth is I’m probably one third extrovert and two thirds introvert.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Mistaken Identity?
In Mistaken Identity, all Ann Malone Kern wants is a peaceful, relaxing vacation on Fripp Island with her two children and her sister, Marnie. But things take an unexpected turn when she goes for an early morning walk on the beach and discovers the body of a young woman.
What inspired you to write this book?
In the first three books of my Malone Mystery series, I’ve put Ann through a lot, including a serial killer on the loose in her neighborhood and her young son gone missing. Like Ann, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and, whenever I need a break from my everyday life, I plan a trip to the ocean. For me, it’s the perfect escape from my daily routine and responsibilities. In Mistaken Identity, I decided that Ann could use a break too and what better place than the beach?
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
Actually, that varies. I’m a book a year writer and I’m a plotter, which means that I spend a good deal of time plotting a novel before I begin to write it. Summer is for research and letting my mind consider possibilities for the next book. In the Fall, I begin my chapter by chapter outline, which lists what absolutely must happen in each chapter – but is subject to change as my writing progresses. When I finish the outline, I start to write so I end up doing most of my actual writing in the Winter. Normally, I’m a morning writer but, when I’m “on a roll,” time permitting, I write most of the day.
Name your top five favorite books.
That’s a tough thing to do because I’ve read so many great books by so many incredibly talented writers. Off the top of my head, these come to mind:
Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
See Jane Run by Joy Fielding
Old Murders Never Die by Marja McGraw
Cameo Clue by Dorothy Bodoin
A Nose for Hanky Panky by Sharon Love Cook
What are you working on now?
I’m in the early planning stages of my fifth Malone Mystery. I just got back from a trip to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, the setting for the book. While I was there, I took a lot of pictures, bought postcards, picked up literature and engaged in conversations with the locals whenever the opportunity presented itself. I also visited Charleston (for the third time), three of the local beaches and two small nearby towns. Soon, it will be time to start to put that research (and my imagination) to work!
Title: Mistaken Identity
Author: Patricia Gligor
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Ann feels like she’s in Paradise as she digs her toes into the soft, white sand and gazes out at the ocean. She’s looked forward to this trip to South Carolina for a long time and all she wants to do is bask in the sun, resting and relaxing.
She and her two young children are enjoying their time on Fripp Island with Ann’s sister, Marnie, and Marnie’s elderly friend and former neighbor, Clara Brunner, a long time resident with a vast knowledge of the island and the people who live there. At the fourth of July fireworks, Clara introduces them to newlyweds Jenny and Mark Hall and their families.
But Ann’s plans for a peaceful vacation are shattered the next morning. When she goes for a solitary walk on the beach, she discovers the body of a young woman with the chain of a gold locket twisted around her neck and she immediately recognizes the locket as the one Jenny Hall was wearing the night before.
Shocked and saddened, Ann is determined to try to find the killer and to see them brought to justice. She convinces Marnie and Clara to join her in conducting an investigation but, in the process, she places her own life in jeopardy.
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction. Ms. Gligor writes the Malone Mystery series. The first three books, Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business, and Desperate Deeds take place in Cincinnati but in Mistaken Identity, the fourth book, her characters are vacationing on Fripp Island in South Carolina.
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