Interview with an Author: Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell

Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Her latest book is FLIPPED FOR MURDER, the first in the Country Store Mysteries (October 2015, Kensington Publishing). Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. I managed to catch Edith in a spare moment (hard to believe she has any). I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!

Judy: Tell us a bit about Flipped for Murder.

FlippedcoverEdith: Robbie Jordan is a Californian transplanted to scenic hilly Brown County, Indiana. Her cabinetmaker mom taught her carpentry, but she’s also an accomplished chef, and put both skills to work when she renovated an antique country store and opened Pans ‘N Pancakes, her breakfast-and-lunch restaurant. She likes to get out on her bicycle for exercise, and is a pro crossword puzzler solver at home, which helps when it comes to solving the puzzle that is murder.

FLIPPED FOR MURDER and the following mysteries in the series are set in fictional South Lick in Brown County, where small-town rivalries and gossip vie with the loyalty and support of the local residents. It’s hilly and pretty, with century-old Art Deco style buildings downtown. The artsy (actual) county seat of Nashville is five miles away, and the local (very real) towns of Gnaw Bone and Bean Blossom aren’t far, either.

Judy: What or who inspired you to become a writer?

Edith: I have always written, but I took a several-decades non-fiction break between my story-writing as a child and starting up again with mysteries in my forties. My mother, a big mystery reader herself, said to eight-year-old me, “You’re a good writer.” And I believed her!

Judy: Describe your writing process and/or a typical day in your life.

Edith: I usually write in my upstairs home office, and I’m at work before seven every morning except Sunday. I like it quiet when I write, and for distraction I gaze out the windows to my right and track the goings-on of my street. I do my creative work all morning, then go for a plotting walk and have lunch before doing all the other business of an author in the afternoon.

Judy: What’s the best writing advice you have ever read or been given? 

Edith: “Butt in the chair, fingers on the keyboard.” You can’t revise what you haven’t written. The magic of telling the story always comes out of my fingertips once I sit down and start typing.

Judy: What’s next for Edith Maxwell?

Delivering the TruthCoverEdith: With three contracts, I’m always working on the next book. Right now I’m polishing the second Quaker Midwife mystery, and gearing up for the April release of the first one, DELIVERING THE TRUTH.

Find Edith on her website, her Amazon author page, and on Wicked Cozy Authors.




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12 responses to “Interview with an Author: Edith Maxwell

  1. That is just what works for me. I think we all have different ways that work for us. And I agree, great questions!

  2. I have always been a morning person. So 7 o’clock is easy for me. and I am toast at night!

  3. Thanks! It was my pleasure.

  4. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Sheri, for stopping by.

  5. eightpawswriting

    Great interview, Judy. Thanks for sharing, Edith. I hope to get more disciplined. Good idea to write first and do other stuff later.

  6. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for popping by Debra!

  7. Great interview, Edith. I admire you for starting before seven in the morning! I’m lucky if I get to the computer by 8:15! But I also do lighter work in the late afternoon and save promotion research and most of the social networking stuff for the evening.

  8. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Kristina for stopping by.

  9. Funny. Yes! ;^) Thanks for stopping by, Kristina.

  10. Kristina Stanley

    Edith, your last piece of advice is to true. It’s amazing how many words you can put on paper by actually writing. Great interview today. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you for taking the time!

  12. Thanks so much for having me over, Judy!

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