About Duffy Brown:
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlok and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the upcoming Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.
What inspires you to write?
The love to plot a mystery and the setting. I love putting the stories in real places like Savannah and Mackinac Island. When I visit these places I can imagine the characters, where to hide the body, why there’s a murder and the fun thing that go on with the their lives and how the murder sets them on their ear.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a plotter. At first I write down scenes I want in the story, funny lines, unique ideas about the characters, where to hide bodies, etc. Then I use a big sheet of paper and start plugging in the beginning, the end, the middle action, when all seems lost, new characters etc. Things always change but this is how I start off.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
You have to be true to your characters so listening to them is important and they do come up with the funniest lines and crazy things to do. I think my characters are all a part of me that come out on the paper…well, maybe not the murderer but there are are times… LOL
What advice would you give other writers?
Sit your butt in the chair and wite 3 pages a day come hell or high-water.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing with Berkley Prime Crime is a dream come true. I always wanted to be with a big publisher as the editing is fantastic and the distribution is wonderful. Penguin/Random House is the biggest distributor of books in the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always read and with self pub and indy pub and big publishers the reader has fantastic options.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Cozy mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print