A story about a bakery might be bad news for my waistline… 😉 But even at that, this one looks sweet! Today we have the privilege of meeting Naomi Miller and her new novel, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery. Before we begin our visit, here’s a quick look at the story.
Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.
But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.
Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?
Book 1 of the Sweet Shop Mysteries series
Book 2 – Christmas Cookie Mystery – COMING SOON!
Welcome, Naomi! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? purple
Favorite season? winter
Favorite writing snack? chips & salsa
With guacamole? 😉 Favorite beverage? apple julep
Favorite ice cream flavor? butter pecan
Tell us a little about Blueberry Cupcake Mystery. Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Blueberry Cupcake Mystery has an Irishman named Andrew O’Neal, who owns the Irish Blessings Café. Andrew is tall and slender, with blue eyes and sandy blonde hair with sprinkles of gray. He has a great accent that refuses to fade, and a sharp, quirky sense of humor. In book one, Andrew generously offers the use of his kitchen to Mrs. Simpkins and Katie, after their bakery is robbed. It seems obvious to everyone, except Mrs. Simpkins, that Andrew has a crush on her . . . I’m eager to see just where that leads in the next book.
That does sound intriguing, and you’ve gotta love an Irish accent! 😉 Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
Lists – many, many lists. I make lists for everything. And I take at least one evening each week for pleasure reading and family time.
That downtime is so important! What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
I wish I had known how much I would enjoy it; I would have started my writing career thirty years ago!
That’s awesome! Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
This verse is important to me, because I see too many people, including Christians, dwelling on the bad things, the negative things. We need to set an example of seeing — thinking about — the good in life.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
I love that verse! And you’re exactly right — we seem to be really good at focusing on the struggles… Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Naomi!
Your turn! How do you juggle the demands on your time? What great tip could you share with someone who’s struggling to get everything done?
More about Naomi:
Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, and English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!
Naomi works full time as an author, blogger and inspirational speaker. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next novel in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. Whenever time permits, Naomi can be found in one of two favorite places – the beach and the mountains.
Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences. Naomi loves traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.
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‘Blueberry Cupcake Mystery’ Giveaway:
Naomi has generously offered to give away one copy of Blueberry Cupcake Mystery (or Christmas Cookie Mystery when released) in digital or paperback – winner’s choice. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy. If you are unfamiliar with Rafflecopter or have trouble entering, you can find help here: How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway.