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Name (the one you’re published under): Avery Aames
Speed date Bio (one or two lines): Avery Aames is the national bestselling author of A Cheese Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Avery likes to read, cook, garden, and do amateur photography.
Web Link: You can visit Avery at www.averyaames.com. She also blogs at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, a blog for foodies who love mysteries, as well as at Killer Characters, a blog overtaken by cozy authors’ characters.
Next Book, pub date: Lost and Fondue, May 3, 2011
Agent: Kim Lionetti
About My Writing
Real Name or Pseudonym: Daryl Wood Gerber, aka Avery Aames
Currently Reading: Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
Next on Your Reading List: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Facebook or Twitter (include account name): Twitter: @AveryAames as well as @DarylWoodGerber.
Facebook: There's a page for Avery Aames as well as Daryl Wood Gerber.
Three authors living or dead you would want to have dinner with: Lisa Gardner, Agatha Christie, Robert Crais
Jet-setter or armchair traveler: A little of both. ☺ I’ve hitchhiked by myself around Ireland. Not sure if that’s a jet-setter, but it’s a risk-taker. I’ve also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
Glass ½ full or ½ empty: Half full always.
Tea or Coffee: Decaf coffee; way too much energy zipping through my bloodstream on a regular basis. A little wine with my cheese, too. Say cheese!
Live to write or Write to live: Live to write. I love crafting stories. I always have. I also act, so I hear voices in my head. Please don’t tell more than five of your closest friends.
When (time of day) I write: Morning is best. But I’ll squeeze in writing any time I can. Love coffee shops.
Writing soundtrack: I listen to instrumental Latin and classical music.
Character Inspirations: Those darned voices. They keep knocking at the inside of my brain and telling me what they want to do and say.
Plot Inspirations: Newspaper and Internet real-life stories make me think outside the box.
Setting Inspirations: Where I’ve lived. Where I’d like to live. Where I believe the story should be set. I wrote four stories set in Lake Tahoe. I believe I nailed the last one, a suspense novel. Right now, I write about Ohio because The Cheese Shop is set there and the pastoral, fictional tourism-driven town of Providence fits in the location.
Plotter (carefully plot books) or Pantser (write from the seat of my pants): I like to plot. I like to have road maps when I drive, as well. However, I like to take detours, so if one of my characters (the voices) starts taking another route (circuitous most often), I’ll follow for a while. And if I get jazzed by some outside-the-box idea, then the plot can morph. I’ll fix the outline, however, before I go too far. I always like knowing who did it and why. That’s very important to me.