Synopsis: A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.
A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip. As Derry and her friend, Bruce, race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Madam Tulip can’t predict is her own.
Madame Tulip: And The Bones of Chance is the third in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.
CH: Today’s Guest International Author David Ahern. He writes mystery thrillers with some humor. Welcome to my blog, David.
CH: This book is the third book in the Madam Tulip Mystery series. It is about the out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell. Why should we read this book?
DA: That depends on who you are. If you’re bored with implausible action heroines, you’ll like that Derry O’Donnell is completely believable. If you’re tired of dark and gloomy crime, Madam Tulip has lots of laughs. If you like cozy mysteries, but wish they were page turners as well, then…
CH: This time Derry is in a movie, instead of a play. How did you come up with the premise for this book?
DA: It would be a spoiler if I told you, but let’s say the movie business is about money and not much else. And where there’s money, there’s greed and there’s crime.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
DA: Nothing so complicated. Scenes just play out for me, and the characters do whatever they do.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?
DA: I’ve had some experience with almost everything in the story (except the criminal parts, I’d better say.)
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
DA: I like a book that’s an easy read, but not dumbed down in any way. All the best performances look easy.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
DA: I never have trouble with characters. They just walk on and start talking.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
DA: Can’t say I have any favorites, but I love writing the scenes between Derry’s divorced parents—an Irish artist father and her wildly successful art dealer mother. They’re hilarious, and I really do laugh out loud writing them. Readers seem to agree with me; they love Jacko and Vanessa.
CH: Where did you get the inspiration for the characters?
DA: Like I said, they really do just walk on and start talking. I don’t plan them at all.
CH: When you write the first book in the series did you realize it would be a series then?
DA: Yes. I knew straight away that I’d want these characters around me for a long time.
CH: Will there be any more books in this series?
DA: Lots, I hope. Book #4 is in the writing now.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
DA: I’m not a message kind of person. But I do love my heroine Derry O’Donnell (aka Madam Tulip) and I like what she’s made of.
CH: This book was just released. What kind of feedback are you getting from ARC readers of this book?
DA: I never know what to think of a book when I’ve finished it, so I’m surprised that everyone is saying it’s even better than the last. Nice if that’s true, but only readers can judge.
CH: What is your next writing project?
DA: Madam Tulip #4. I know what it’s called, but I’m not telling.
CH: How to Find David Ahern:
- David’s Website: www.DavidAhern.info
- David’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/h6opry
- David’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/7dynry
CH: Where is your book sold?
DA: The paperback and eBook were on Amazon presale from March 12th, and it was published yesterday, April 12th. The book will be exclusive to Amazon for a little while, but then more widely available.
CH: Any additional comments?
DA: I hope people enjoy reading Madam Tulip stories, as much as I enjoy writing them.
CH: Any closing remarks?
DA: Thanks so much for the chat. Next time, I’ll bring the cake.
CH: Thank you so much, David Ahern, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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