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Interview with June Shaw, author of Relative Danger
June, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed at Traveling With T!
Thanks for having me.
Cealie is a woman of a “certain age”. Many cozy mysteries have sleuths that are younger, so how important was it to you, June, that Cealie be older (but still have plenty of spunk)?
Very important. I envisioned her that way. Lots of us who were really young at the time loved Murder She Wrote, even though the main character was much older. Maybe we admire the wisdom of people who’ve lived a bit of life. Probably we all want to hope that when we’re older, too, we will still be able to think well and achieve more than we did during our younger years.
My series, though, has Cealie being a fun person that many readers want as a best friend or as someone in their families. They call this series a fun read.
June, do you have a writing space? A writing routine?
I have an office that’s usually cluttered with books, folders, and papers. My routine is to rise whenever, normally 7:30 or so. I grab coffee, sit at my kitchen counter and pray for those nearest me, and read my “Daily Word.” Then I get to the computer. By late morning, I run out of steam for new ideas.
The characters in Relative Danger- are they based on anyone you know in real life? Or figments of your imagination?
Cealie is a spunky widow who “thinks” she wants to avoid her hunky lover Gil Thurman so she can rediscover herself—but he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels, and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.
Cealie’s personality is a blend of my squeeze Bob, who’ll say or do anything. You can see examples in the photos on my website, www.juneshaw.com. Also, my sister-in-law Lois will say anything on her mind. I’d like more of that trait they share and gave it to Cealie.
As for Gil, Bob is a warm loving Cajun and a terrific cook who’ll prepare almost any dish I ask for. What more could a gal want?
People I taught with swear that they’re some of the teachers in the high school where Cealie gets in as a sub to straighten things out so her granddaughter can graduate—although she makes matter much worse! (And no, I did not use any real teachers in here. Maybe some students—favorites or otherwise—this is a murder mystery after all : )
If Relative Danger was made into a movie or TV show- do you have a dream cast in mind?
Not sure who’d play those parts today, but in their heyday, Bette Middler would be Cealie and Sean Connery would become Gil.
Have we readers heard the last from Cealie? Or does she still have many adventures (and mysteries to solve)?
Cealie sure doesn’t quit after her trials in Relative Danger. She’s right back in Killer Cousins and in trouble again in Deadly Reunion. I hope you’ll enjoy following her in each of her books, and if you do, please write a review: )
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June Shaw serves her third term as Louisiana’s representative on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter. For Romance Writers of America’s South Louisiana Chapter, she is the Published Author Liaison.
She’s written for numerous periodicals and created highly-praised novels, including this first in her cozy mystery series, which Deadly Ink nominated for Best Mystery of the Year. Connect with June- visit her website or Facebook page.