Get to Know Lisa Q. Mathews

What is more fun then finding a new author that you really enjoy? Lisa Q. Mathews was one of the new authors that I came across this summer that I will be continuing to follow. The newest book in Lisa’s Ladies Smythe and Westin Mystery Series, Fashionably Late, was just released in August and is a whole lot of fun. (My thoughts on it here).

I had the pleasure of helping Lisa host a Facebook Party to celebrate this book. There was lots of great discussion and I wanted to share some highlights from Lisa with you today.

Where did you get the idea for this series?

From observing a lot of characters at my parents’ retirement community. It was very fancy but my dad never wanted to move there. I dedicated the first book, Cardiac Arrest, to him.

Is there a author or book that you love? 

I love all my fellow cozy authors (really!) I also enjoy Janet Evanovich and especially Carl Hiaasen. I like zany, bumbling villains.

Tell us a little more about editing Nancy Drew books. Did you read them as a child?

I read all the Nancy Drew and other kid detective books I found in my summer camp library. At the time I had no idea it would be my job to edit them! And I was surprised to end up working with “Carolyn Keene.”

Have you always liked mysteries? If so did anything in your childhood foster your love of mysteries?

I’ve always loved them. I started with the Bobbsey Twins (and later edited them, too, at the same job as the Nancy Drew.)

What is coming up in the future for you? Do you have any other books on the horizon, in this or any other series?

Well I have a couple of projects I’m working on. A new Ladies book (a wedding story), a new cozy series (very early stages!) and a Christmas single title with figure skating in it.

Thanks to Lisa for taking the time to chat with us!

Are Lisa’s books new to you? Were you able to meet Lisa at the Facebook Party? Leave me a comment below and keep the conversation going.

Did you miss the party and want to go back and check out all the fun? The Event Invite is still up on Facebook for you to relive all the fun. 

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