The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Meredith’s latest book for Monday, May 10, 2010, but between then and now, let’s meet the author through her formal, professional “bio:”
Meredith Cole directed feature films and wrote screenplays before writing mysteries. She won the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition. Her book POSED FOR MURDER, set in Williamsburg Brooklyn, was published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in February 2009 and was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Meredith’s short story “Exercise is Murder” was in the June 2008 issue of EQMM, and her short story “Out in the Cold,” is in the anthology MURDER NEW YORK STYLE. Her second book, DEAD IN THE WATER, comes out May 11, 2010. She teaches mystery writing and screenwriting and lives in Virginia.
Hmm, not much that you didn’t already know? Well then it’s seems the appropriate time for the revealing of Meredith:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Grateful to have happiness, love and many books.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Help out or get out of the way. I don’t like when people sit around and complain. Getting off your duff and jumping in is the best way to change anything in your life (or the world). And you actually feel a lot better.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Picnicking with friends and family next to a river on a beautiful day.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Losing someone I love. Not finishing what I start. Falling off something high. Do I have to choose one?
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: In an outdoor café in Paris watching the world go by.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Barack Obama. He’s a smart man, and I hope he becomes known as one of our greatest presidents. He has a lot of challenges ahead of him.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: Great. Sigh. Shrug.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I tried several times to play an instrument and never got very far. I love music and I would love to be able to play guitar or piano.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My amazing kid.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Stubbornness. I can’t be moved once I make up my mind.
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Stubbornness. I never give up!
Q: What do you regret most?
A: I regret the times when I haven’t been very patient with people.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: A dolphin. They look so beautiful and happy all the time, and they’re terrific swimmers.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My eyes. People who knew me when I was two years old (and had no hair) still recognize me when they meet me again as an adult.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Elizabeth Bennett.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Professor Moriarty
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: My great-grandfather Harry J. Huff was an Olympian (a runner) and I would love to have met him. I just wish I could run as fast.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Swimming. Reading. Being a mom.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Full-time novelist—with benefits.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty. Cheerfulness. Helpfulness.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (trad.)
“It’s a Beautiful Day” – U2
“You can get it if you really want” – Jimmy Cliff
“Woke up it was a Chelsea Morning” – Joni Mitchell
“Angel from Montgomery” – John Prine (and Bonnie Raitt)
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria in a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to possibly claim your book.