Something unique about [The Upstaged Coroner].
The character-driven mystery series stars a thirtyish biracial woman named Fenway Stevenson. This book explores in the inner workings of a university Shakespeare group. Other books may have a murder in the theater as the core of the mystery, but this theater group is unique—and it was based on my own experience as a student actor at UC Santa Barbara twenty-six years ago.
If it’s a series, do you know how many books it will ultimately be?
I’ve mapped out the course through Book Six, and I’m in the middle of writing Book Five now. I have character arcs mapped out for another three books after that, and I think it will be a total of either nine or twelve books.
A few of the secondary characters are interesting enough to give them their own series, too, so the world of Fenway Stevenson may be continuing for a while.
Your biggest inspirations in writing.
In college, I had this idea that I would write grand literary fiction that would win the Pulitzer and the PEN/Faulkner (and I was a big fan of Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster, and Marguerite Duras). But I realized just a few years ago that mystery was where my heart lies.
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