Let’s Talk with Lois Winston

Hello from Lois Winston
By Lois Winston

Lois WinstonI’m thrilled to have been invited to join the wonderful mystery authors who squeeze onto Booklover’s Bench. My name is Lois Winston, and I write both the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries and the Empty Nest Mysteries, coming to the amateur sleuth/cozy genre by way of romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction.

I was first published in humorous women’s fiction in 2006 with Talk Gertie To Me. I followed that book up with the romantic suspense Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception, which was actually the first book I ever wrote, back when I had no idea what I was doing. But as many authors will tell you, once you’re bitten by the writing bug, you can never turn back. So I spent the next ten years learning how to write, rewriting that first book countless times, as well as writing others.

During this odyssey, an editor told my agent that she was looking for a crafting mystery series. Knowing my background was as a designer in the consumer crafts industry, my agent thought I was the perfect person to write such a series—even if I’d never written a mystery!

I gave it a try, though, and Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun wound up a finalist in St. Martin’s Malice Domestic competition. Unfortunately, I didn’t win. No problem. The original editor was still interested. However, the publishing house was in the middle of being sold. My agent was told they had to wait until the sale was finalized before issuing any new contracts. After the sale went through, the first thing the new publishers did was change the name of the company. The second was to fold their cozy mystery line. Did I mention I have really rotten luck?

It took several years before the series finally sold. There are now seven full-length Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries—Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, Death By Killer Mop Doll, Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, Decoupage Can Be Deadly, A Stitch To Die For, Scrapbook of Murder, and Drop Dead Ornaments. In addition, there are three companion novellas—Crewel Intentions, Mosaic Mayhem, and Patchwork Peril. Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide, the eighth novel, will be available in the fall.

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun is one of the books available this month in our May Book Vault giveaway. As you may have gathered from the series titles, these are humorous mysteries. How do you feel about mixing murder and mirth?

Besides blogging here once a month, you can also find me online at the following places:

Website: www.loiswinston.com
Newsletter sign-up: https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/z1z1u5
Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/anasleuth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/722763.Lois_Winston
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lois-winston