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Great Escapes Interview: Murder in White Sands by Marla Bradeen (@marlabradeen)


Murder in White Sands


Marla Bradeen


Genre: Cozy, Chick-Lit Mystery
Publisher: Marla Bradeen
Date of Publication: July 28, 2015
Number of pages: 322
Cover Artist: San Coils




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On the night of her engagement, Rae Lynn Dobbs stumbles across a dead body on the beach of White Sands, Florida. Not only does she recognize the murder victim as one of the retirement-home residents where she serves dinner, but it looks increasingly likely that someone there also killed him.

To her fiancé's dismay, Rae Lynn launches her own investigation. Between the gossipy widows, the home's last surviving bachelor, and her coworkers, Rae Lynn doesn't have any shortage of suspects. But the more she learns, the more it seems anyone could be guilty. And if she doesn't find out "whodunit" quickly, her fiancé might just become fed up enough to leave.


Today, we welcome Marla Bradeen to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a big Geeky welcome!

Aw, thanks. It’s been a while since I’ve had a geeky welcome, but they’re the best!

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with a round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Yes, but be gentle. I’m still adjusting to being outside my writing cave.


Writing Specific

Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
Definitely pantser. My first drafts are always a mess, but I write them fairly quickly. Luckily, I like editing (I know, I’m a little strange). I’d love to be able to plot, but when I try I find myself staring at a blank screen for hours at a time.

How do you deal with Writer's Block?
I don’t really believe in writer’s block. For me, a more accurate question might be, “How do you deal with being so lazy?” When I’m first starting a book, I really have to force myself to sit down and write. Personally, I find writing the first half of the first draft to be difficult and, dare I say, somewhat of a chore. Once I have an idea of what’s going on, I start getting into the story and that’s when I really begin to enjoy writing it.

Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
I didn’t read for fun for years. That’s hard for me to believe now, but all the required reading in school really turned me off from reading for a long time. I had forgotten that reading could actually be fun until sometime in college, when a good friend of mine gave me a novel as a gift (Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses, if you’re curious). That was really a life-changing gift, and I’m so grateful for it whenever I think about it now.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Do sleeping and eating count? No? Okay, I’ll go with reading then. Like most writers, one of my favorite pastimes is reading. Reading with a cat nearby (I have two to choose from) is one of life’s biggest joys. And, here they are (you have to mentally insert me beside them because I had to get up to take the photo):

How did you choose the genres you write in?
I write what I like to read, namely mysteries/thrillers and chick lit, although I enjoy a lot of books that fall outside those genres too. I prefer stories that I can picture happening to me in real life. Of course, I hope to go through the rest of my life without ever stumbling across a dead body on the beach, but it’s easier for me to imagine that type of scenario than meeting an alien or being teleported through time.


Fun Stuff

What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
Jurassic World. Watching the movie wasn’t as much fun as telling the kids I saw it with that I was rooting for the dinosaurs and witnessing their reactions.

Tell us 2 positive and 2 negative character traits you possess.
Oh, gosh. This question reminds me of my last job interview. You know how they always ask “what’s your biggest weakness” and you say “perfectionism” or something that’s really a strength in disguise? That’s what I feel like I should do here. Okay, but seriously, I think two positives are creativity and a desire to learn. Two negatives would be stubbornness and procrastination. I don’t have to somehow spin these into positives, do I? Are you sure this question belongs under “Fun Stuff”?

You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
Chocolate, a hairbrush, and a book. I think my reasons are obvious.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Lots of veggies and fake meats. Okay, so the majority of the veggies are potatoes, but that still counts, right? And I wouldn’t be a responsible vegetarian if I didn’t put a plug in here for all the delicious fake meats you can get nowadays. If you’ve never tried any, start with Tofurky sausages or Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken-less. Delicious.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
That’s a tough one, because any accurate title would be too boring to sell any copies. I mean, would you buy a biography titled “The Lazy Writer”?


Think Fast

Meat or Veggies? Veggies. Since I’m a vegetarian, that’s an easy one.
Italian or Chinese? Italian. I can never get enough pizza or pasta (or potatoes, but that’s been covered already).
Summer or Winter? Summer.
Cake or Pie? Cake, because frosting.
Car or Truck? Car.

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
I don’t know about words of wisdom, but I will say that this has been fun interview. Thanks for hosting me, Judy, and thank you, everyone else, for tolerating me!


Author Bio:

Marla Bradeen previously worked as a software consultant and analyst. In 2012, she gave up a traditional job for no other reason than to have more time to pursue personal interests, such as sleeping in late and taking naps. Although she misses seeing regular deposits into her bank account, she hasn’t once regretted that decision.

She didn’t initially intend to begin writing novels, but after several weeks of doing nothing, she realized sleeping all day isn’t as easy or enjoyable as her cats led her to believe. Over the ensuing months, she wrote Lethal Injection, which she self-published in 2013.

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