Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Interview with Casey Daniels and Giveaway - January 4, 2012

Please welcome Casey Daniels to The Qwillery. Casey is the author of the Pepper Martin Mystery series. Wild Wild Death, the 8th Pepper Martin Mystery, was published on January 3, 2012.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Casey:  Hmmm...thinking about this one. Not sure I have any writing quirks. At least nothing I think of as a quirk! I write all day, 5 days a week, on weekends, too, if I've got a deadline breathing down my neck. One of the things I do that might be unusual is that I set a clock for 45 minutes. In that time, all I do is write. At the end of the 45 minutes, I get a 15 minute break to do whatever I like (check email, empty the dishwasher, etc.). Not sure that qualifies as a quirk, but I do know it helps keep me on task and that since I started doing it, I get more done each day.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Casey:  Plotter. Definitely.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Casey:  Oh my, there are so many challenging things! I suppose one of the biggest is just to stay focused. Life gets in the way too often.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Pepper Martin Mystery series?

Casey:  I love cemeteries! I love exploring them and taking photos in them. The Pepper Martin idea grew out of that. It gave me the chance to play with a character who works in a cemetery. I'm also interested in the paranormal, so having her investigate mysteries for ghosts is a natural!

TQ:  Describe Wild Wild Death (Pepper Martin Mystery 8) in 140 characters or less.

Casey:  Pepper travels to New Mexico to ransom a friend who's been kidnapped. Has to take along the bones of a long dead Wild West star to do it.
I have no idea if that's 140 characters or less. Don't Tweet. Don't want to learn!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Wild Wild Death?

Casey:  I'm quite fond of the opening scene, with Pepper heading to the cemetery to dig up a body. The scene is especially meaningful to me because I never wrote the opening words (It's tough to decide what to wear to a body snatching) until I was about 75 pages into writing the book. Revelation time! I knew I had to go back to the beginning and start right there.

TQ:  In Wild Wild Death, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Casey:  Pepper is always easy for me because at this point, in book #8, I know her pretty well. I suppose her friend, Dan Callaghan, was the hard to write because Dan is kind of a hard guy to pin down. Always has been since book #1.

TQ:  Pepper aside, do you have a favorite character from Pepper Martin Mystery series?

Casey:  I love Ella, Pepper's boss. And of course, there's Quinn, Pepper's hotter than a firecracker on again/off again boyfriend. There's a new man in her life in this book, too, and he was great fun to get to know.

TQ:  Do you and Pepper Martin have anything in common?

Casey:  Not much. I love cemeteries. Pepper, not so much. She's way too into fashion for my taste. And she has no respect or interest in history. That's probably why she's so much fun to write, we're nothing alike!

TQ:  What's next?

Casey:  Pepper #9 is written and will be out in September. It's called "Supernatural Born Killers," and a whole lot of questions about Pepper and her life and her relationships will be answered. It's great fun, because I got to play with the whole Superman mythos. He was created in Cleveland, you know. Pepper is getting the chance to find out a whole lot about super heroes.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

About the Pepper Martin Mysteries

Wild Wild Death
Pepper Martin 8
Berkley (January 3, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Her job has been cut, she's low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she's after a clever murderer-one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

A Hard Day's Fright
Pepper Martin Mystery 7
Berkley (April 5, 2011)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?

Tomb With a View
Pepper Martin Mystery 6
Berkley (July 6, 2010)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Cemeteries come alive for amateur sleuth/reluctant medium Pepper Martin.

Cleveland's Garden View Cemetery is hosting a James A. Garfield commemoration. For tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin this means that's he'll surely be hearing from the dead president himself. And when she's assigned to help plan the event with know-it-all volunteer and Garfield fanatic Marjorie Klinker, she'll wish Marjorie were dead...too bad someone beats Pepper to it.

Dead Man Talking
Pepper Martin Mystery 5
Berkley (October 6, 2009)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Heiress-turned-cemetery-tour-guide Pepper Martin is not happy to discover that a local reality TV show, Cemetery Survivor, will be filmed at Cleveland’s Monroe Street Cemetery—and she has to be a part of it. To make matters worse, the ghost of a wrongly convicted killer needs Pepper’s help to clear his name. But digging for the truth could put her in grave danger.

Night of the Loving Dead
Pepper Martin Mystery 4
Berkley (January 6, 2009)
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Introducing sleuth Pepper Martin...

And now, in her fourth hip, quirky mystery, she's all ours.

Pepper Martin, heiress-turnedcemetery- tour-guide, often has her hands full with two hotties and the ghosts who won't let her rest—or work, or shop—in peace.

Now the specter of a young woman in a lab coat wants Pepper's help. Before the woman died, she worked with a sexy, mysterious doctor who coincidentally once saved Pepper's life—and who the woman claims is now in danger. But Pepper doesn't know that there's more to the story, including a devious doctor—and an obsessive, crazy love.

Tombs of Endearment
Pepper Martin Mystery 3
Avon (September 25, 2007)
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

Cemetery tour guide Pepper Martin never imagined she’d get to meet rock legend Damon Curtis, the bad boy poet who made millions of teenage girls scream. After all, he kicked the bucket years before she was born. But thanks to her newfound ability to chat up the dead, Pepper’s got a front row seat perfect for swooning over the still-sexy Damon’s latest lyrics. He’s convinced that his former bandmate Vinnie Pallucci murdered him back in ‘71, and he’s promised Pepper she won’t get any rest or peace until she helps him prove it.

But when Pepper goes behind the music, she finds Vinnie with a knife in his heart and the rest of the band members running for their lives. And if Pepper doesn’t snare the killer soon, Damon’s next hit from the great beyond might be her swan song.

The Chick and the Dead
Pepper Martin Mystery 2
Avon (February 27, 2007)
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

Ever since the former rich girl-turned-Cleveland cemetery tour guide banged her head on a headstone, she sees dead people. Worse still, she hears them—and they won’t shut up! Now it’s Didi Bowman, a poodle-skirted relic from the Great Beyond, who’s bending Pepper’s ear, complaining that her famous author sister, Merilee, has done her wrong. Trouble is, if Pepper proves it, she’ll break the hearts of millions of Merilee’s fans. And if she doesn’t, Didi’s ghost may never go away.

Pepper needs peace and quiet (and rent money), so the cash-strapped ex-heiress agrees to take a job as Merilee’s secretary and dig around the family tree. But when she unearths more than she bargained for—like an illegitimate daughter, a bunch of illicit love affairs, and a possible murder—suddenly a very poisoned pen is all set to write Pepper out of the story permanently.

Don of the Dead
Pepper Martin Mystery 1
Avon (May 30, 2006)
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

She sees dead people, Beautiful, smart, and chic, Pepper Martin never had to work a day in her life — until her surgeon daddy was convicted of fraud, her wealthy fiancé took a powder, and the family fortune ran bone dry.

Suddenly desperate, the inexperienced ex-rich girl was forced to take the only job she could get: as a tour guide in a cemetery. But a grave situation took a turn for the worse when a head-on collision with a headstone left her with an unwanted ability to communicate with the disgruntled deceased . . . and now Pepper has a whacked Mafia don demanding that she hunt down his killers — and threatening to haunt her until she does.

About Casey

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a cemetery tour guide. She didn't get the job, but she did get the idea for the Pepper Martin mystery series. Casey learned to love mysteries early thanks to her dad, a Cleveland Police detective, who on his days off went looking for stolen cars--with Casey along for the ride. Casey began her career writing romance. These days, she write the Pepper Martin series, and the Button Box mysteries as Kylie Logan. Next year, she'll have a new series premiering. She lives in northeast Ohio.


Casey blogs on Wednesdays at:

The Little Blog of Murder


Something Wicked

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Wild Wild Death (Pepper Martin Mysteries 8) from Casey! US ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you have a favorite ghost story or a favorite ghost hunter? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a United States mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday,January 11, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. My favorite is Ghost Story by Peter Straub. I read it every fall and remain scared for about 2 weeks after finishing it.

    This Pepper Martin series sounds really good. I need to add it to my wish list.

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  2. No, no favorite ghost story or hunter. I do like the movie The Haunting with Liam Neeeson and Lilly Taylor.

    I like the new covers for Casey's books. I've been a fan from the beginning and shared them with my sister and her boyfriend. (Makes him feel good to share something between us.)
    GFC Anne38

  3. My favorite ghost hunter is Alex Graft from the Grave Witch series by Kalayna Price. Some really new and different things in that series!

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  4. Dude the Ghostbusters are the all time favorite Ghost hunters, because seriously how could you go wrong with them, LOL!

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new covers! i adore pepper!
    i went to st augustine , i love all the old places that is huanted

  6. I love the Ghostbusters. They were great.
    Enjoyed reading the interview. Great covers
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  7. I adore R.L. Stein. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson
    Thank you!

  8. My favorite ghost stories are Lady in White and Ghostbusters. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  9. What fun to read everyone's comments. Thanks for recommending so many authors, some of them were new to me.

  10. The first thing I thought of when I read the question was Casper the Friendly Ghost. LOL! I really need to hang out with more adults. :) Thanks for the chance. I really like the sounds of this series.

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  11. I thought of Casper too, and the Ghostbusters!
    This series sounds like a lot of fun!

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  12. OMG, I still love The Ghostbusters. I hated it when Universal Orlando took out their Ghostbusters show.
    Your books sound really good. I've not read any books by you... but I've now added them to my list of books to read.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I'm a big fan of the Ghostbusters as well, although I occasionally check out The Ghost Hunters on Syfy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. My favorite ghost hunters are definitely the Ghostbusters!

    GFC: ML

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  15. i'm not a big fan of reading ghost stories, but i recently saw Shutter, starring JoshuaJackson & omGOSH!!! the special effects were fantastic & yes, definitely scary!!!!!

    thank you for this giveaway!!!!

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  16. +1 No favorite ghost hunter or story!

    +1 gfc follower under Martha Lawson

    I would love to read this series it sounds really good.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  17. I can't really think of any other ghost hunters besides Ghostbusters, but I always liked the Ghost Whisperer television show. There were some pretty cool ghost stories on that show.

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  18. I agree with Anne... I too liked The Haunting, but don't have a favorite ghost story or hunter. Those Pepper Martin Mystery series covers are really cool... definitely adding them to my wishlist:) Thanks for the author/books intro!

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  19. sounds cheesy, but GHOST with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Such a lovely story>>>>>>>>>

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  21. Fav. ghost story is one told by my mom and it never fails to creep me out because it's something that happened to her when she was little

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  22. Favorite ghost were the ghostbuster!
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