Kelle has graciously agreed to answer a few questions by way of introducing her new book, The Cupcake Caper. You’ll want to look for this one!
“Kelle Z. Riley’s appealing new mystery series has it all—a plot full of twists and turns, a super smart sleuth, and a smidgen of romance. Cupcake baking scientist Dr. Bree Watson has both a sense of humor and a gift for solving puzzles. This likeable heroine will lure the reader in with her intelligence and capture them with her charm.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author, Denise Swanson, Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime store mysteries
What is your greatest temptation: When it comes to temptations—I’ve met very few I didn’t like. Still, if I think about it I can come up with a few specifics, in the spirit of sharing.
In men: I gravitate to tall, dark and quiet. You might recognize the kind—the ones who have an innate sense of humor and unexpected kindness lurking under the hunky exterior. I also love muscular definition on a guy, but when it comes to hair, unless it’s on the head I’m a “less is more” girl at heart.
In food: Hmm. One of the first compliments I ever received on my writing was “you write lovely descriptions” then the commenter went on to add “especially of food.” I think that means I’m obsessed with food. For one thing, I’m married to a professional baker. (Those of you who follow my Facebook Posts might already know “Baker Tom.”) Sweets definitely sweeten my mood. But then so does pasta, a perfectly cooked steak, homemade bread, and—what was the question again?
In clothes: I love to be a bit fashion forward and enjoy shopping. But my greatest weakness in clothing is anything that is soft. Seriously. I buy clothes based on the texture and have been known to pass on something that was really cute just because it has some itchy stitching next to my skin. When I’m writing I live in super soft oversized tee shirts and yoga pants.
What is your greatest weakness (example: buying shoes)? Books! My greatest weakness has to be books. When I travel for my day job (which I do often) my suitcase has 3-4 books packed away. Even though I have hundreds of books on my tablet (with no sign of changing my buying habits) I still gravitate to paper books. I’ve trained myself to think that if I’m seeing words on a screen it should be because I’m writing them!
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? A red one. Probably a Tesla or other energy efficient car. And definitely one that is self-driving. I could squeeze in some extra reading time that way. My second choice would be a limo with a chauffeur. Again, it maximizes the reading time.
Your dream home – mountains or ocean? I live in the mountains of southern
Tennessee right now! But when it comes to dreaming, a think a home on a Caribbean island surrounded by pristine aqua blue water and soft ocean breezes would be my favorite.
What inspired you to become a writer? From as early as I could remember I told myself stories. As a child, I had more imaginary friends than real ones! But it was a high school English teacher who really inspired me. She encouraged us to think that our words could have value. Still, it took me a couple of decades to realize that my love of story and my love of language could be blended into a writing career. These days, my inner circle for friends tell me that writing is my “therapy.” So if I’m cranky, feeling out of sorts or otherwise not myself they tell me to sit down and start writing!
Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, please share. Honestly, my writing routine has changed a lot over the years. When I first began, my husband was working the afternoon shift at our local grocery store. So I would come home from work (I’m a scientist in my day job) at around 5:00 and head straight to my writing desk where I worked until he came home at 8 p.m. When he switched to the early morning bakery shift, he’d get home around noon, so my writing schedule shifted. We would have couple time from about 5 until about 8 when he went to bed. Then I’d write until about midnight. (He used to say he loved falling asleep to the sound of my fingers on the keyboard.) These days, I travel frequently for work so my schedule has to be more fluid. When I’m in the middle of a project, my goal is to produce at least 20 pages/week. Usually I break that down into 3-5 pages per day. When I’m on the road, I tend to craft scenes in my head and save them up for the time when I’m at my computer again.
What is your favorite book? LOL. Many companies ask me this question to use for security purposes. And it always throws me for a loop. I love books so much that it isn’t possible for me to pick a favorite. (Which makes those security questions really hard for me to answer!) But I will say that if I’m feeling down and need some comfort, I’m likely to pick up a book by one of these favorite authors: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, or Kerrilyn Sparks. Sure—they all write in different subgenres but each is a master at building a world I can slip into and forget my cares!
What is your favorite movie? Again, this is a difficult question, but I really enjoy the movie Two Weeks’ Notice with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. The humor, along with the classic love story (girl-next-door-wins-billionaire’s-heart), entertains me every time.
Who is your favorite historical figure? I don’t really have any favorite historical figures.
In your books, who is your favorite hero and please introduce him? My current favorite hero is Matthew Tugood from my latest release (The Cupcake Caper). He’s the marketing expert assigned to work with my heroine during the launch of her new product line. Matthew is tall, dark and charming all wrapped up in a package that—according the women in his office—ought to belong to an underwear model. Definitely too-good-to-be-true. What no one at the company knows is he’s really an undercover agent hired to ferret out some dangerous corporate secrets.
Who is your favorite heroine and please introduce her? My current heroine, Dr. Bree Mayfield-Watson is an average, all-around-geek. Like me, she has a Ph.D. in chemistry—which isn’t as glamorous as TV makes it seem. When she’s not traveling to customer plants or cooking up something in the lab, she can be found in her kitchen trying to create new recipes. But neither her science skills nor her natural curiosity prepare her for the chaos she encounters when her boss-from-hell winds up dead in his office.
What do you have out now? My newest release, The Cupcake Caper, is available for pre-order now. Links to order the ebook or the signed print version are available on my website. http://www.kellezriley.net/the-cupcake-caper/ and are also listed below.
The Cupcake Caper (Book 1 of the Undercover Cat series)
Science is about solving puzzles. Why should solving a murder be any different?
Dr. Bree Watson (aka Gabriella Catherine Mayfield-Watson) is comfortable solving chemistry problems. She isn’t comfortable finding her boss dead and being a suspect in his poisoning. Now she’s juggling:
A sexy marketing manager—who may, or may not—be a contract killer.
- A handsome lead detective whose interest goes beyond the case.
- The dead man’s cranky cat.
- A goose-chasing dog in hot water with an animal rights group.
- The search for the perfect cupcake recipe.
- And, of course, someone who wants her out of the picture.
And she thought getting a Ph.D. was hard.
New releases anytime soon? Early next year I’ll be preparing for the release of book 2 in the Undercover Cat series. Because of the mystery threads, the romance takes place over the course of the series, rather than finishing with each book. Don’t worry, though! Bree will get her “HEA.” Expect things to heat up between Bree and Matthew in book two!
Where can eager fans find you?
Newsletter link http://eepurl.com/bkXs5n
Reading for Treasure Link http://www.kellezriley.net/thanks-mom-you-were-right/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleZRiley/ (Author Page)
Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/624729674370594/
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellezriley
Through my website: www.kellezriley.net
Kelle Z. Riley, writer, speaker, global traveler, Ph.D. chemist and safety/martial arts expert has been featured in public forums that range from local Newspapers to National television. In addition to her works of fiction, a personal story was included in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.” Her other publications include a romantic suspense (Dangerous Affairs), multiple short stories, a self-published memoire in honor of her father, and the newly released “Cupcake Caper” (Undercover Cat Series) which features a scientist-turned-sleuth. A former Golden Heart Finalist, Kelle resides in Chattanooga, TN. She is the past program chair and popular speaker for the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild, a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers’ of America and various local chapters. When not writing, she can be found pursuing passions such as being a self defense instructor, a Master Gardener Intern and a full time chemist with numerous professional publications and U. S. patents.