Saturday, June 2, 2018

A visit from an old friend....Krista Davis!

Meow, today we’re cat-ching up with an old friend, author Krista Davis!

Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  She resided in Northern Virginia for many years and lived for a time in Old Town, Alexandria.  
She really does have a gregarious Ocicat named Mochie who can open cabinets and leap to amazing heights.  Her dogs, including a Golden Retriever who isn’t golden and won’t retrieve, consider Krista’s writing career a convenient second job that allows her to be available for her primary job as door opener, canine cuisine chef, and walking assistant.
Krista’s fascination with mysteries was fueled by Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie.  Like her protagonist, Sophie Winston, Krista loves to entertain friends and family, but would just as soon leave cleaning to someone else.

Krista writes the “Domestic Diva”, “Paws and Claws” and the new “Pen and Ink” mysteries for Kensington!

·       Welcome back Krista!  Tell us about your “Pen and Ink” series! How did that idea come about?

Thanks ROCCO!  I would love to take credit for it, but my editor, Wendy McCurdy, is the one who came up with this clever idea. She contacted my agent, Jessica Faust, who contacted me. We all brainstormed, and Color Me Murder was the result.

·       What about your other series, the “ Domestic Diva” and the  “Paws and Claws”? Will we be seeing any more of them?
Oh gosh, yes! THE DIVA COOKS UP A STORM is coming on May 29th, and THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH will be out next spring.

·       What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a writer and what inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Time! Time to write has been my biggest challenge lately. Three series keep me busy! I do love writing mysteries, though, so that’s great motivation.

·       What are you working on now and what are your future writing plans?
I just turned in THE COLORING CROOK, and am starting THE DIVA SWEETENS THE PIE.

·       What is a typical workday for you and how many hours a day (or week) do you devote to writing?
It varies. My elderly mom lives with me now, so no two days are the same.

·       If you could take only three books with you for a year-long writing retreat in a gorgeous setting with no library, which three would you take?
You mean I can’t take Google? I guess I would take a fabulous but very long book. Mitchner, maybe. A combination dictionary and thesaurus (note how I’m already cheating by combining two books), and WAIT! Hold everything. One year? I would trade the right to bring three books for the right to bring my two dogs and two cats. They would have fun, and I would get more done without worrying about them!

·       What advice do you have to offer to an aspiring author?
Don’t give up. A lot of first books don’t get published. But when you think about it, you probably didn’t play the piano perfectly the first time, or paint a masterpiece the first time you picked up a paintbrush. Sue Grafton once told me that aspiring authors need to hone their craft. You have to keep trying and learn about writing. The more you work at it, the better you’ll get.

·       What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Well, it’s not so much something that I did, but an office of the US Consulate once closed the door in my face . . .  It’s kind of a funny story now, but it wasn’t so funny when it happened. There were a couple of British guys with me, and I still remember them saying, “The Queen would never allow this!”

·       What’s one thing your readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m scared out of my wits by rollercoasters. Won’t ride them. Won’t, won’t, won’t. But I will hold your jacket and purse while you ride them!

·       What question do you wish interviewers would ask? (And what’s the answer?)
Interviewers come up with amazing and original questions. Thank for being so creative, ROCCO and Toni!

·        Where can we learn more about you and your books?
I’m all over the net. I hope I see you there!

thanks for a great interview as always, Krista!!!

Now, it's Giveaway time!

Krista will give away a copy of her latest, COLOR ME MURDER, to one lucky commenter!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your name and email address (entries without email will be disqualified). For extra entries, you can do any or all of the below:
* Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
* Follow me on Twitter (+ 1 point) (Link:
* Tweet about the contest (+ 1 point)
* Friend me on Facebook (+ 1 point) (Link:!/
* Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on your blog (+ 1 point)

Winner will be chosen at random using  Don’t forget to mention all you’ve done in your comment. Good luck! US entries only please.  Contest closes midnight, June 9!


  1. I love the idea of this series and would love to win. I follow Rocco's blog by email and just friended Toni LoTempio on FB. Thanks!

  2. I enjoy Krista Davis's books as well yours Toni. I follow your blog by email and also am a friend on facebook. I shared the contest on facebook also. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. I haven't read this series yet. I enjoy Krista's other series and I'm sure this is a great series also. Great blog, Rocco and Toni.
    Rocco, I follow your blog and on Twitter, we are friends on Facebook. Shared on Facebook and Twitter.

  4. I do love the idea of a book whose cover you can color.
    We are FB friends and I've linked this to my page
    I visit here regularly
    I don't tweet or have a blog
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  5. I really enjoy kristas series a lot. The paws and claws and the diva series are excellent. I like the idea of coloring the cover. I’m sure this series will be excellent too. Thank you for the chance.

  6. Your story of visiting an office of the US Consulate made me laugh.
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