Monday, September 12, 2011

Interview & Contest: Josi Kilpack


Up today: An interview with one of the coolest people on the planet, and a dear, dear friend.

I'm excited to announce two things in conjunction with her interview:
1) The release of Pumpkin Roll, the sixth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series:


and

2) A contest to WIN an iPad. Fer reals, peeps.



About the author:
Josi S. Kipack hated reading until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing education to the many novels she has studied since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep's Clothing (2007) won the Whitney Award for Best Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series, was a Whitney finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, four children, one dog, and a varying number of chickens.

Additional notes from me: Josi's cell phone ring is the sound of chickens, and Josi adores chocolate-covered cinnamon bears. She's also one of the four authors (with me!) of the upcoming Newport Ladies Book Club series.



***Our interview***

AL: You started your writing career with issue-driven books (prescription drug abuse, internet predators, infertility, etc.). How is writing culinary mysteries different?
JK: It’s a lot more different than I thought it would be when I started. For one thing, this was the first time I’d ever written a book with only one point of view character. There’s also specific expectations associated with Cozy mysteries—culinary mysteries are Cozies with a specific expectation in regard to story arc and character. I’ve had to learn about so many new things.


AL: Any similarities?
JK: This series is not different in regard to developing a character people hopefully care about and a plot that challenges that character to grow. AND, I still manage to work in an issue here and there :-)

AL: How do you go about approaching each new story to keep things fresh and interesting?
JK: Panic and pray and write, write, write. I write, I cut, I write some more, cut some more, and eventually mold something new. I’m mindful of trying not to repeat plot lines, motives, twists, and character types which gets harder every time but so far is working out after much stress and many Coke slurpees.


AL: With your Sadie mysteries, how do you come up with the type of murder and motivations each time?
JK: I watch a lot of TV and movies. A LOT!


AL: What research did you have to do for Pumpkin Roll in particular?
JK: I’d never been to Boston before, which made it intimidating to set a book there. I had hoped to go before my deadline, but that didn’t turn out, so I had to rely on friends, travel guides, websites, and movies and TV shows set in Boston—did I already mention I watch a lot of TV and movies? I also spent a lot of time researching ghost sightings and metaphysical beliefs and objects—lots of education there.


AL: What is your typical writing schedule like?
JK: I fantasize about a schedule. *sigh* Alas, I am a frantic writer these days. I try to plug writing in anywhere I have room. My most effective writing these days is when I can leave my family in the hands of my husband and escape to the office building of our business. I try to do this once a week and write from about 5:00 p.m. 'til midnight. I can get a lot done, and if I know I have it scheduled that week, I don’t feel as neurotic about it. In addition to my writing, I have four kids and do the bookkeeping for our business. Life is chaotic.


AL: Your career started out with a smaller niche publisher and has gone on to be with a much larger publisher and a successful series with a large fan base. What is one big thing you've learned throughout your career?
JK: That you can never stop learning and growing. Not only within your writing, but in your own personal development. If you stop experiencing life, you’ll run out of ideas, and if you at any time think you know it all, prepare to be sideswiped with something that reminds you otherwise. Writing should be a part of your life that helps makes it better, and your life should be a part of your writing that makes it better too. Every goal you reach will lead to a new goal you’ll need to set. There will always be set backs, there will always be frustrations, but the pursuit has been a worthwhile one for me.


AL: What's been the biggest surprise about the journey?
JK: The amazing people I’ve met. I never imagined that there were as many neurotic people driven by the stories in their head :-) But my best friends are people I’ve met through my writing, and it has enriched my life more than the writing ever could. If someone would have told me that before I started, I wouldn’t have seen how the connections would happen, but they’ve become a priceless part of my journey, which just goes to show you that you’ll never know where your ambitions might take you.



AL: Any advice for aspiring authors?
JK: Allow yourself failures and be honest in your evaluation of them. Find people who will tell you the truth and always look for ways to improve and grow your abilities. Keep perspective that writing should be a part of your life, but don’t stop living in the meantime. Surround yourself with inspiring people and things and work, work, work.


*****And now for the iPad contest!*****

In conjunction with the release of Pumpkin Roll, Josi and her publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for a new iPad.

To enter, simply leave a comment in the comment section of this post before
November 1, 2011. Winners will be announced and notified November 3, 2011.

For additional ways to enter (and there are many), visit Josi's website.



Get the book in paperback, audio, and Kindle formats HERE.

84 comments:

Brooke said...

I LOVE Josi! I want to win!

TERRI said...

I've read all of Josi's books! I've loved them all~ AND I was just in Willard, UT visiting from AZ--I had no idea that is where she lived~ What a nice area, I loved all the produce stands~ I'm still waiting for my Pumpkin Roll--pre ordered it from Amazon~ I have to hurry and read, so I can send it onto NC for my daughter's book club!

CTW said...

I always enjoy hearing what Josi has to say. Thanks for doing the interview Annette.

TisforTonya said...

always fun to see a little of the person behind the "about the author" - thanks! (and now I'll have to get this one for my M.I.L. who is currently serving a mission in Boston!)

Sue said...

I feel like eating her book cover.

;)

LisAway said...

Josi is great. I can't wait to read this one. So perfect for fall! :)

Michelle said...

Great books, Great Contest and Great blogs can't ask for anything more.

Konstanz Silverbow said...

I love The Witch of Blackbird Pond so it's super exciting that a favorite author does as well! Thanks for the interview and giveaway! :D Hope I win!

Raejean said...

Josi sounds so down to earth. It's nice to see "normal" successful people. And the contest is cool too.

Kristin said...

I love this series and love the giveaway!!!

Andrea said...

Great interview. I love these culinary mysteries. Can't wait to get my hands on Pumpkin Roll. And, the iPad would be great too. ;)

NorahS said...

I love her books! I can't wait for this one!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Fabulous giveaway! And I love Fall and Josi's books and all things pumpkin. (That pumpkin roll looks heavenly!)

Rebecca Irvine said...

Such a great series. I am so jealous of Josi's writing abilities.

Jordan McCollum said...

Fun! Josi's series is great (though I admit I have a few books to go to catch up). The more I read about Pumpkin Roll, the more I want to read it!

Collette said...

Wow - an iPad!?! I would love to win one of those! Of course, I would be happy winning a copy of 'Pumpkin Roll'. I love these books! Fun interview. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I love all of Josi's books and I am excited about this one!

L'sJourney said...

I can't wait... Thanks for this.

Christina said...

I saw this book today in my new Deseret Book catalog and was intrigued- the title is one of my favorite fall desserts! What a great giveaway!

mindi said...

Great blog and post! Plus, great giveaway! I hope I win!

Ariell Larson said...

Nice interview! Can't wait to read Pumpkin Roll. Also plan on checking out your books!

Mindy said...

Great interview! And Pumpkin Roll is amazing! Finished it this afternoon. Favorite so far (but I say that everytime) :)

Cheri Chesley said...

Great interview. I bet you two had a blast doing it!

Kirsten said...

great interveiw

Cammi said...

I've read Key Lime Pie and waiting until my mom gets around to getting the next ones.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Oh, pick me! Pick me! For once, I want to win a contest. Actually, once, a long time ago, I won one of Josi's books. Let's do a re-play of that!

suzy said...

love me some josi! heard this is the best book yet!

Gemma said...

That sounds yummie.

Jenn said...

I love this series. Great food-lit

Stephanie Black said...

Great interview. Josi is an awesome author and I'm looking forward to reading Pumpkin Roll.

Lacy said...

loved her newest book! cant wait to try the recipes :D

April said...

I love all of her books but I love Pumpkin Roll the best so far, you rock Josi!!

Taste and Tell said...

I recently read Lemon Tart, and I can't wait to work my way through the series!!

Chris said...

Fun interview, thanks for participating in the giveaway.

Jayde said...

I love the series! :)

The Dales said...

Love Josi's books! Can't wait to read Pumpkin Roll! And would LOVE and Ipad!

johnsoncircus said...

Love this book. Reading it right now. Would love to win!

Alice said...

This novel sounds great. I look forward to reading it.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I love that Josi's cell phone sounds like chickens. That's a sound you wouldn't miss in a busy store. I just bought Pimpkin Roll and am excited to read it.

Karlene said...

Great interview! I loved Pumpkin Roll. And I think your new series sounds like it will be lots of fun—to write and to read. :)

carina said...

Josi's books are the best!

Amanda D said...

I haven't been able to get my hands on any of the Sadie mysteries but the first one. I enjoyed it. Currently reading, Her Good Name from the library.

Mary said...

I wish I had an ounce of talent to write. Thanks for the advice.

Mary
mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

geschumann said...

Reading comments about the series has gotten me excited to read it. Thanks! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

kswederski said...

I havent read any of Josi's book but I am going to -they sound great!

kayswederski@yahoo.com

Luisa Perkins said...

So awesome! I love you both.

The iPad will clearly be mine, since the contest is over the day before my birthday. ;)

Fireflywishes said...

The pumpkin roll sounds delicious! I like her cell phone sounds like chickens, that's definitely unique!!

Thanks for a chance to win the iPad :)

myshelfconfessions at gmail dot com

April @ My Shelf Confessions

Jessica G. said...

And now I'm craving pumpkin bread. :)
Looking forward to reading this series!

brendajean said...

Fun interview and I can't wait to read your new book together! Four of my favorite authors:) Thanks for the chance to win!

bchild5 at aol dot com

sherril stephens said...

I love Josie's books and I
am excited for Pumpkin Roll

Nichole Giles said...

Great interview. So excited to read Pumpkin Roll! Way to go Josi.

Camille said...

What a fun interview Annette - it's great to meet the author behind the books! Can't wait to read this one!

PheMom said...

I'm so glad you posted about this on the Utah Bloggers FB page! Of course I'd love to win the iPad, but honestly, I'm always looking for great authors to read and am super excited to have found Josi's books! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Sue said...

Chocolate covered cinnamon bears are my favorite. She should do a book about those. . . :)

dalene said...

A chicken ring tone? I love it! And culinary mysteries sound like a delicious combination!

Kalli said...

Josi sounds fantastic, I can't wait to check out her work. Oh, and yes please to the iPad!

Jenny said...

Now I want a pumpkin roll.

When I was young I had aspirations of growing up and becoming a famous author. Then I got older and became discouraged and real life kicked in...blah blah blah. As an adult, the more authors I meet, the more I realize I'm grateful I'm not, deep down in my soul, a fiction author. Nothing against y'all--I just fight plenty of demons without a story trying to work its way out at the same time.

So it's nonfiction blogging for me. Maybe someday I'll write something topical. Who knows. For now I entertain myself and marvel at those of you (Josi, Annette, etc.) who bear the gift and curse of fiction storytelling.

Oh, and I want an iPad.

The end.

books4me said...

The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a favorite book when I was younger. I read it numerous times and still have the well-worn book!

Thank you for an awesome giveaway!!

books4me67 at ymail.com

Taffy said...

I love that you are friends, writing a book together and support each other.
Chicken ring tone? Odd. Does Marion Jensen like it?? lol

Pam darby said...

Pumpkin Roll is a great way to spend a fall evening. A great book!

apple blossom said...

Oh, I'm reading Pumpkin Roll right now. I'd love to win IPad for my hubby for Christmas.
Thanks
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

MStavros said...

Love it! Congratulations on your book launch!

krstrpp said...

Josi's series sounds like great fun! Thanks for the chance to win an iPad. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

Konae Putman said...

Love Pumpkin Roll and Ginger Cookies! Pick me to win!
konaeputman@yahoo.com

also just read Band of Sisters -I was wandering around the library looking for a new book to read and found it- Awesome!

Cathy said...

I love reading these books. All the recipes sound amazing!

Lisa Ann said...

Pumpkin Roll was another one of those amazing books by Josi Kilpack, I continue to love to read her great mystery books!

Deb said...

Exciting! Can't wait to read the Book... Such a great giveaway too!

pduthoy said...

I love mysteries, and I would love an iPad. Thanks.

Cristina said...

Fun interview! Chocolate-covered cinnamon bears and coke slurpees. I am craving now. LOL The Newport Ladies Book Series sounds interesting.

Matt Ferrell said...

Nice giveaway! Thanks to you, Josi S. Kilpack and Shadow Mountain for it!

animasou @ comcast . net

Sharon said...

This series sounds wonderful!

SweetMarie said...

These books sound wonderful! I would love to win and ipad2! Have a lovely day...

Patrick Jolley said...

I'd be stoked to win!

Dina said...

I love cozy mysteries!

DarcyO said...

Thanks for sharing the interview with Josi. Sounds like a fun cozy and a great contest.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I have so loved this series. Sadie is a wonderful character and Josi is just a terrific writer.

je2kids(at)gmail(dot)com

2 Kids and Tired Books

Anna Maria Junus said...

I would love to win the IPad and I'm looking forward to reading these books. She's a good writer.

Amy DeWidt said...

Oh, my gosh! I already read the first book and I was completely hooked! Can't wait to read Pumpkin Roll...I hope I get it for Christmas!

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Great interview --my little sister is writing fanfiction based on her favorite CSI and NCIS t.v. shows ... maybe she'll write a mystery someday. =)

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Family Attic said...

I love this series and I'm looking forward to reading Pumpkin Roll. Thanks for the great stories.

Merry said...

I am excited to read this book! I hope I win!

Nathan Major said...

Great interview, and I love your books. I can't wait to read this one! :)

Brittney said...

I love Sadie!!!

Naddez said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for sharing!

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