If you love to cook, eat, and curl up with a good, clean cozy mystery, read on.
New York Times bestselling Cozy Mystery author of over 20 novels in the Hannah Swensen Mysteries series joins us on the March Forth Media Co. Blog today, sharing her journey as an author, and announcing her delicious new novel, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (available on Amazon, independent bookstores, and anywhere amazing books are sold).
Born and raised in Minnesota, Joanne Fluke Joanne Fluke originally started writing as a child. She didn’t like the ending of a book her mother was reading to her, so she created an ending that she enjoyed more, and she continued writing from there. Now, as the author of many novels, she hopes that readers share equal enthusiasm for reading her work as she has for writing them.
Her “Hannah-Maniacs” continue to inspire her writing. She loves to receive recipes from fans, and hear stories about their “Moishe” and his antics. It is continued motivation, and Joanne finds inspiration and enthusiasm through them. As a baker myself, I have found so much enjoyment for Joanne’s work, and appreciate the recipes that are included in the series.
Her newest adventure, The Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, Spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah doesn't have time to stop and smell the roses--not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate! Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. Everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect.
This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit!
As a New York Times bestselling author, Joanne has had many memorable moments as an author. She shares with us “my very first sale to a publisher was a great accomplishment. Also having my Hannah Swensen Mystery books made into the "Murder, She Baked" movies on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.” On the flip side, writing has also provided some struggles. Her biggest challenge has been “making quality time for [her] family, working a full-time job and still writing on the side while waiting for that first acceptance letter!”
As a child, Joanne loved reading just about anything. Some of her favorites included “The Penny Parker Mysteries,” and of course, the Nancy Drew series. As she got older, she also found a love for “Pippi Longstocking” and classic novels such as “The Old Man and the Sea.”
Her advice to those looking to write a book: “Read everything! You never know what you might end up writing. Also, carry a notebook with you everywhere. You might find something in your travels that could give you an idea for a great book, short story, or screenplay.”
When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys playing with her dogs, going out for lunch with friends, and every year "doing the rounds' with her son, John, when he plays Santa Claus handing out gifts at his local hospital burn centers, children’s hospitals, group homes, and homeless shelters, a tradition they have held for twenty-five years.
Featuring over 25 recipes from The Cookie Jar, order your copy of Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder now.
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