Meow, my guest today is author Libby Klein!
Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School sometime in the ’80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets and taking out the trash. She writes from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling.
Hi and welcome Libby! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Cape May, NJ, but now I live in Northern Virginia. My friends call me the cat whisperer because stray cats will come out of the shadows and run up to me for pets when I’m around. I love travel, coffee, chocolate and all things fluffy. Except for squirrels. Squirrels freak me out. I was a stay at home mom and ran a daycare for many years. I only started writing about five years ago, and Class Reunions Are Murder is my first published novel.
Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
I appreciate every single comment and review you leave for me. There are a bajillion books out there, yet you chose to read mine. I hope you love Poppy and Aunt Ginny as much as I do, and I hope we put a little joy in your day.
Please tell us about your newest release
Midnight Snacks Are Murder releases July 31, 2018. Someone goes on a rampage and breaks into neighbor’s houses leaving a wake of chaos. If you find it half as hilarious as I do you’re in for a treat.
Which is your favorite minor character and why?
One of my favorites is Figaro. He’s based on a combination of my two cats – both of whom aren’t with me anymore. Figaro is a black smoke Persian with bright orange eyes, and he has a few quirks. He flops over without warning and lands with a thud. Many times, people think he’s sick or hurt but its just one of those things he does. He always seems to know what Poppy is feeling, and he finds a way to get his point across. I love writing Figaro because it gives me a chance to bring my boys back and remember all of their little antics.
What is your favorite personality trait of your main character?
Poppy is very snarky. It’s her go-to response and defense mechanism for dealing with the world around her. Most of her inner monologue is very dry and deadpan because it’s everyone else who’s crazy and she’s the straight man.
Tell us something funny about one of your characters.
Figaro thinks every story is about him and he doesn’t get enough page time.
One of your characters is going on a shopping spree. Where does he/she go and what does he/she buy?
Aunt Ginny’s dream shopping spree would be at a flea market or the dollar store. She is all about quantity and deals. She might not have a need for Happy New Year 2006 paper plates, but at fifty cents for twelve you never know when they’ll come in handy.
Your character is at a bookstore. Which section is he/she shopping in? What book is in his/her hand right now?
Poppy would be in the romance section, and she’d have a novel about second chances at love or rewriting your life. She’d be a big far of the time travel trope because she has spent so much time fantasizing about what her life could have been with different choices.
I’m inviting your main character to dinner. What should I make?
If you make lasagna and jelly doughnuts Poppy will think she’s died and gone to heaven. But then she’d need a fistful of pills and a couple of weeks to recover because she can’t eat any of that. If you want her to not get sick, she loves street tacos wrapped in paleo tortillas and gluten free brownies.
Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one? (What makes your book stand out from the rest?)
If you like a dry, serious cozy that focuses on hardcore mystery without any local color or side plots – this book is NOT for you. Midnight Snacks is fun and funny and everything you want a lighthearted escape from reality to be – with a good mystery. Character development and theme are very important to me so expect to see growth from book to book.
What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Getting started. Not just with a new book, but every day getting started. I find a million things to do “first.”
Can you tell us some of your latest news?
My publisher has recently contracted me for 2 more books. The Poppy McAllister Mysteries will have at least 5 books.
If you were in the witness protection program, what would you choose as a career?
I’d work in a bookstore putting the books in order on the shelf.
How do you construct your plots? Do you outline or do you write “by the seat of your pants”?
I am a big outliner! I know every major point that’s going to happen from A to Z. But within those points, characters take on a life of their own and I pants my way through each scene. Sometimes I end up with scenes and chapters I had never outlined because the characters tell me things I didn’t know when I started.
Where can we learn more about you and your books? www.libbykleinbooks.com All my social media links are there too.
Please share a few favorite lines or one paragraph from MIDNIGHT SNACKS.
“I don’t control the owls!” You’ll see. 😊
Pepsi or Coke? Vitamin Water XXX
Favorite kind of chocolate? The one in front of me as long as its not wrapped around bugs or something weird. Fancy truffles like Godiva probably edge out most candy bars, but sometimes you just want a Hershey bar.
Cats or dogs? Cats! (ROCCO: YAY!!!!)
Do you read more than you write? Not anymore. Deadlines.
Favorite movie? The Princess Bride.
Favorite book to movie? The Life of Pi
Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;) Romance – Jude Deveraux. Fantasy – Jasper Fforde. YA – Eoin Colfer. Cozy Mystery – I have made far too many friends who are brilliant mystery writers to be able to narrow this list down.
Hardback/Paperback or eReader? From the Library – hardback. For the beach – paperback. For a vacation where I don’t want to pack 10 books for the airplane – eReader. For long car trips and marathon cooking sessions – Audiobooks.
Do you own a laptop or desktop computer? I have a tech company – We have at least one of everything.
Thanks for a great interview, Libby!
Libby will give away a copy (an ARC) of MIDNIGHT SNACKS ARE MURDER to one lucky commenter!
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Winner will be chosen at random using random.org. Don’t forget to mention all you’ve done in your comment. Good luck! Contest closes midnight August 2!
Hi everyone! I'll be checking in to see if anyone has questions or comments!ReplyDelete
Great article. It's always nice to learn more about the authors. Have a Blessed day. Robin Whitaker
Great interview! I am the cul-de-sac crazy cat lady, wish I were a cat whisperer! Looking forward to reading this. Posted on my G+, FB, and Twitter. Follow you on Twitter, your blog by email. I think we are friends on FB? Not sure if under my name or account that is both Randy's and mine. Jeanie Dannheim, jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) comReplyDelete
Mama Cat, We are indeed friends on facebook. And if we weren't Figaro's Secret Mission would have fixed that by the end of the event! ;)Delete
Hi. I like the snarkyness in Libby's books. When I waited tables I developed a strong sense of snark as the best way of staying out of jail for murder.ReplyDelete
I signed up to receive your blog,& followed you on Twitter .I tried to friend you on FB, but the link doesn't work.
Libby, what made you start writing, & how many more books do you think you have in you? I know you're contracted for 2 more, but do you have a million plot ideas in your head?
What a good question crazycatlady! I am under contract for 5 and I've finished 3. I love my characters and can't imagine ever saying goodbye to them. I would love to write a dozen more books, but there are many more factors in play than just my idea storage. We will see if Figaro can keep people interested for years to come.Delete
Well,whatever the obstacles are, I hope you can overcome them.Delete
Thank you so much for the kind words.Delete
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By the way, I've really been enjoying your Scavenger Hunt Libby.
What a fun interview and two great books! I need to find out about "I don't control the owls!"ReplyDelete
Hey Rocco - I follow the blog, am FB friends and mentioned Libby on your FB post (also followed Libby on FB!). Thanks for the giveaway.
Hi Grandma Cootie! Thanks for following me on FB. When you get to the scene where Poppy makes that statement, just know that I was in tears laughing with the whole scene when i wrote it.Delete
Fun to learn more about Libby! I am a Fforde fan too. Looking forward to reading Poppy's new book. Thanks!ReplyDelete
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Hi J, I have been waiting so long for Jasper Fforde to come out with the second in his Shades of Grey series. The name of which got me into a very interesting conversation with some ladies who had read a very different "Shades of Grey" book that I had never heard of at the time.Delete
What a great interview. I enjoyed learning more about Libby. Looking forward to checking out this series. sable677 at yahoo dot comReplyDelete
Thank you, Susan.Delete
I love learning about the woman who feeds the cat. I am a theatre geek and loved your answers vitamin water and Princess Bride. I also have cats who help me type.ReplyDelete
I have shared this post via twitter and FB, of course we are friends, so I do follow your blog. I just don't get to comment as often as I would like.
Thanks Libby for a fun scavenger hunt!
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Thank you Laura! Miss Eliza Doolittle is less helpful and more Domineering Overlord demanding food. If you're a fellow theater geek, you'll love Theater Nights Are Murder - now in production.Delete
I am excited, even if I must wait.Delete
Great review! I read the 1st in this series and loved it, I'm looking forward to this one, thank youReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Penney! You are going to love Midnight Snacks!Delete
I love learning about new authors and their books. Thanks for the information. I would love to read Libby Klein's books so my fingers are crossed. I follow your blog, am a friend on facebook and mentioned the contest on Facebook. Robin L. Coxon firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Good luck Robin!Delete
Fun interview! I laughed myself silly all through the first book, and I can't wait for this one. I am also very excited to know there will be at least three more! Since I've been involved in theater for most of my adult life, I am really looking forward to Theater Nights Are Murder. Rocco, I follow your blog with email and I am Facebook friends with you, too.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Autumn! You will love Midnight Snacks! Good luck in the giveaway!Delete
What a wonderful interview she is a new author for me so that is good. I follow your blog,am friends on fb,mentioned the contest peggy clayton email@example.comReplyDelete
Thanks for giving me a chance, PT.Delete
Great interview, Rocco! I enjoyed getting to know Libby and her work. I'm looking forward to reading her books.ReplyDelete
Rocco, we are friends on Facebook and I follow your blog and on Facebook and Twitter. Also shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you Dianne! I hope you fall in love with Poppy and Aunt Ginny!Delete
Another great interview, ROCCO! Figaro sounds like a wonderful fictional cat, and this book looks like such a fun read. Thank you for the chance! Marla Bradeen: firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Thank you Marla. Believe it or not, Figaro is a real cat! He's based on two of my cats and they've done every crazy thing that I've put in Class Reunions are Murder! Good luck in the drawing!ReplyDelete
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My kitty flops over suddenly, too. She's such a drama queen. It's so funny.ReplyDelete
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