Today I’m super excited to have Jordaina Sydney Robinson, author of Beyond Dead, join me on Readsalot. She very graciously agreed to answer a few questions.
What inspired you to write cozy mysteries?
I just love mysteries in general. Cosy mysteries usually have humour and a little romance in them as well which just ticks all the boxes for me. That’s what I love reading so it makes sense to me that those are the stories I love to write.
Who would you pick to play the character of Bridget Sway in a Hollywood adaptation of Beyond Dead?
I already know this actually because I was talking to someone about it the other day. Until then I’d not given it much thought. Bonnie Wright (who played Ginny Weasly in the Harry Potter films). Have a little google for how she looks now – I think she’d be perfect.
Describe Beyond Dead in 140 characters (also known as a tweet).
I’m not on Twitter so I’m a bit ignorant of how that works – do spaces count?
Beyond Dead is a ghostly whodunit with a hint of romance, a heap of dead bodies and an healthy dose of sarcasm!
Describe Bridget Sway in 1 word.
I’ve seen people describe her as “fearless” or “sassy” but, for me, the word that describes her best is “herself”. And I mean that as in if you were to ask me who she was I would say she was just herself. That’s who she always is, flaws and all.
I see there are currently two Bridget Sway novels. Can we expect more? And when can we expect it?
Yes! The third instalment in the series, A Little More Dead, will be released early winter this year. I’m not exactly sure when the fourth book will be out because I have two books in a new series coming out at the start of next year. Maybe autumn 2017.
Would your characters in Beyond Dead want to hang with you?
Ha! Probably not. Well, maybe Petal would but then Petal likes everyone.
What’s your favorite part about the writing process?
When you finish the first draft and everything has fitted neatly into place and it all makes sense. I hang onto that feeling for as long as possible because I know as soon as I go back to edit I’ll realise that, actually, it didn’t all fit together as well as I’d thought!
What’s the most amusing thing that happened to you while writing Beyond Dead?
There’s not really anything all that amusing that’s happened to me while writing Beyond Dead that’s directly connected to it but I seem to be one of these people that amusing things happen to in general. Or things happen to me that other people find amusing, I should probably say.
Have you ever written something you absolutely hate?
Yes. Of course. I think every writer has. But then you take some time away and go back to it and realise that actually it wasn’t that bad after all. Although I’ve looked back at some of my really early writing recently and just cringed at how bad it was.
BEYOND DEAD by Jordaina Sydney Robinson
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Print Length: 306 pages
Publication Date: March 5, 2016
Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.
Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves.
With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in her locker.
Grab a copy here!
About the Author
Jordaina Sydney Robinson grew up and, despite many adventures further afield, still lives in the North West of England. For fun she buys notebooks, gets walked by her husky puppy and sings really loudly and really badly while driving her trusty old Seat, Roger. If you want to find out just how bad her singing is then you can visit her official website at www.JordainaSydneyRobinson.com and ask her.