Today’s Friday Five focus is Bartenn Mills, author of cozy thriller and mystery short stories and novels.
Bartenn Mills was born and raised in the upper Mid-west but after moving north, south, east and west she settled in a small Iowa town where she raised a family without bloodshed and currently works full-time at a respectable job, certainly nothing that would suggest a life of fictional crime. Along the way she gathered a few contest awards and published several short stories and poems. Her debut novel, Bishop to Queen’s Knight, was closely followed by Bishop Bewitched. Her most recent novel, Vanilla Lies, is set in 1985 when computers were young and murder wasn’t so innocent. In the wee hours of the morning you can find her solving imaginary murders.
There are too many men in Jane Vanilla’s life —
One wants her love.
One wants her money.
One wants her dead.
Jane unwittingly has the only copy of a tell-all memoir. Everyone who’s read the book has died. As the circle of corpses close in on her, Jane needs to get her head out of the clouds before her feet get planted six feet underground.
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1. What literary character are you most like and why?
Probably Pollyanna, as I always see a silver lining.
2. What are three things on your bucket list?
My bucket list is pretty complete. I try not to let the things I want to do get pushed into a tomorrow that may never come. But if my family was to pick three things I would like to do they would be go to Disney, go to Disney, go to Disney, even though I’ve been several times.
3. What’s your current writing project and what are your writing plans for the near future?
Currently I am working on Bishop’s Ghost, the third book in the Garfield Falls series, where Detective Bishop solves his first case. I’ve had several short stories accepted into anthologies and I would like to make them available as a single collection.
4. Why should people read YOUR stuff? Who’s your target audience and why?
If you like a fast thrilling story that doesn’t forget to develop the characters I think that you’ll enjoy my books. If you know who Cannon, Kojak and Magnum PI are you are my target audience.
5. How much of your published writing is based on personal experiences?
Everything and nothing. I’ve never killed anyone, I don’t know any police officers. I have met a witch. But I can relate to many of the emotions that my characters go through — love, hate, fear, longing.
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Vanilla Lies is currently available through Amazon.