BTS: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in the Bay Area (not far from San Francisco). After college, I worked as an actress in Los Angeles. I actually had a fun role on Murder, She Wrote acting opposite Angela Lansbury. What a pro. A few years into my career, I started to write television shows and screenplays, hoping to expand my possibilities in the business. I created the format for a popular sitcom, Out of this World. However, when my husband asked if we could move across country for his career, I set aside writing for the screen, and I turned to writing thrillers and mysteries. I took lots of classes and received a lot of rejection along the way. But I never gave up.
BTS: How would you describe your books to readers?
GIRL ON THE RUN is a stand-alone suspense. I am known for my cozy mysteries (The Cookbook Nook Mysteries and The Cheese Shop Mysteries), but I’ve always wanted to publish a suspense novel. GIRL ON THE RUN is the story of a woman suspected of murder, on the run to find the truth. [I posted the blurb below.]
BTS: What are you currently working on?
I’m doing edits on the next Cookbook Nook Mystery #5 titled GRILLING THE SUBJECT and outlining a follow up Cookbook Nook Mystery #6.
BTS: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
Oh, gosh, I love all my books…I mean I love the characters in my books. That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child! Each has its own texture, own flavor. Right now, GIRL ON THE RUN is my favorite because it’s so new to me and to my readers. I love the pace of a suspense novel.
BTS: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
I remember reading Rebecca and thinking, wow! I loved the emotions in Gone with the Wind. I loved the action in The Bourne Identity. I loved the history in Hawaii. And then I loved the critical information in Stephen King’s On Writing and the writer’s tools provided in The Artist’s Way.
BTS: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
Finding the voice is the most challenging and making sure the voice matches the story. Then the most challenging part is to come up with the beginning, middle, and end. Of those three, the “muddy middle” is the hardest. Making sure all the twists and turns make sense. Making sure the rollercoaster ride has enough excitement and fun! The most rewarding part is when a fan tells me that he or she loved the book. That’s my aim: to entertain and amuse and help a reader get lost for a few hours.
BTS: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
More mystery, more suspense, and maybe even a women’s fiction or two. But whatever I write will have to be entertaining. I’m not going to hit my readers with dark, dark material. That’s just not me. I don’t like reading it. I know I can’t write it.
BTS: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
I almost didn’t become a writer. Why not? Because my 7th teacher told me I wasn’t any good and I shouldn’t try. Can you imagine dousing a kid’s dreams? I had written a play by then and my schoolmates loved it. I’d tried writing a Nancy Drew mystery, too. That needed work! But the teacher’s words (based on a short story I’d written) cut me to the core and I set aside my pen. I focused on acting, and luckily, I found tremendous success and pleasure doing so. I’m a bit of a ham.
Thanks for the opportunity to share with your readers!! Great questions.
Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.
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Blurb of book:
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life…but will the truth set her free?
Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairytale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets.
Though Chessa is a former costumer and adept at disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.
REVIEWS for book:
“Spellbound from start to finish. This author grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. A fantastic debut into the suspense genre.” ~ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
“GIRL ON THE RUN never lets you catch your breath. With a heart-pounding pace and twists you’ll never see coming, it’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.” ~ Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning Author of Blood Always Tells