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I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Alibi in High Heels and it was absolutely fantastic! I read the whole book in one day. Gemma will be answering readers questions in the comments section and she is also giving away the first book in her series, Spying in High Heels, to one lucky reader.
Thank you SO much for coming Gemma!!
Mystery Series, the FABULOUS Gemma Halliday!!!
Please tell everyone about your series featuring Maddie Springer?
The The series is a cross between " " and " " – lots of fun, fashion, and dead bodies.
How did you come up with the idea for your series? series features Maddie Springer, a shoe designer turned amateur sleuth living in . and trying to fight crime, all the while maintaining a very hot on-again-off-again relationship with sexy L.A.P.D. Detective Jack Ramirez.
I've always loved reading mysteries (thanks Nancy Drew!), but I wanted to do a fun, fresh, younger sort of sleuth than the ones I was finding. I thought about the kind of girl I'd like to read about (one with a fab shoe collection) and, voila, Maddie was born!
Do you know when your series will be coming to TV?
The Spying in But, the producers of the show are all really behind the project, so I'm hopeful I'll have good news again when the strike is over.
Who would you cast to play your characters? TV show is on hold at the moment due to the WGA (Writer's Guild of America) strike in .
I'd actually really love to see some new actors in the lead roles. I think it would be a fun vehicle for new talent. But, as I was writing Maddie, I always had Reese Witherspoon's character in in mind, so she'd be fab. As for Ramirez – any of those Latin soap opera hunks would do the trick for me.
Do you know how many books will be in the series?
The book I'm working on right now looks like it will be the last in the series, so most likely we'll end it at five. But, I'm leaving things open enough that we can always come back to it if there's a demand for more Maddie.
Do you recommend reading your series in order or do you think it can be read out of order?
I think the romance between my two main characters, Maddie and Ramirez, grows and develops over the course of the series, but you certainly wouldn't be lost picking one up book three or four. Each book is a fresh chapter in Maddie's life, so I try to make them stand alone as much as possible.
Are you working on a book now?
Right now I'm working on the 5th In this one, Maddie investigates the murder of a prominent wedding planner. Lots of fun! I have to admit, though, it's a bit bittersweet for me, being the last in the series. But I'm hoping readers will agree that things are tied up in a nice, satisfactory way in the end. ;)
What is your writing routine? book, Mayhem in .
I generally like to write in the mornings and try to get at least 10 pages a day written. Now, whether I actually do or not is another story… but I try.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It really varies. The shortest amount of time it's ever taken me to write one of the Heels books is 10 days (I don't recommend that!) and the longest is 9 months. Generally, I'm most comfortable with at least 6 months to plot, write, polish.
Do you plot your stories or just sit down and write?
I do plot. For me, the mystery is just too hard to write flying by the seat of my pants. I tend to plot the first few chaps, then write those, then plot the next few, then write those – rinse and repeat. :)
What authors and genres do you read?
I tend to read a lot of mystery and suspense, so some of my favorites are the biggies in those genres – Evanovich, Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak. As far as new authors, I can't say enough good things about Christie Craig. Love her books, and she's just a doll!
Do you love shoes as much as Maddie Springer?
Um… yeah. I do. It's bordering on addiction. Though I don't quite have Maddie's designer dream wardrobe, I seriously covet it.
If you could only have three pairs of shoes for a two month trip, which shoes would you pack?
My red patent leather (my all time favorite pair of heels), my black pointy toed leather boots (very classic), and, since I'm taking the trip somewhere tropical (of course!), sparkly silver flip-flops
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
That's is one of the hardest parts for me. Some of my characters go through several names before I find one I can live with. I think it's a lot like naming your children – you need to pick something you don't mind repeating over and over and over…
Do you pick your titles or book covers?
Most of my titles are ones I've come up with, but I do rely on my editor's input heavily, as she is a brilliant woman. The one I'm working on now, MAYHEM IN , was her idea. Clever, huh? As for the covers, that is all the art department's work. I LOVE what they've done with each one. I do generally get some input, but, for the most part, I just let them do their thing.
Is there anything else you would like to tell your readers?
Gemma is answering questions from readers. Feel free to post your questions about her books and writing in the comments section and she will be coming by to answer them.
Visit Gemma's website http://www.gemmahalliday.com
Buy book 1 Spying in High Heels here
Buy book 2 Killer in High Heels here
Buy book 3 Undercover in High Heels here
Preorder book 4 Alibi in High Heels here