Sunny has always loved writing, and she's published two mysteries featuring Christy Bristol, an amateur astrologer who works as a secretary in a sheriff's substation in the San Joaquin Valley. The books are Fools Rush In and Where Angels Fear. I certainly hope you'll give them a try-- if you haven't already!
Let's get to the fun part, shall we? On to the interview!
What was the very first book you remember reading and loving? What makes that book so special?
Betsy's Little Star by Carolyn Haywood. It was about a girl and her baby sister, Star. I didn't like my sisters much so I guess it was wishful thinking. My parents tried to get me to read The Bobbsey Twins--yuck!
Read. I wish I could say housework and gardening, but anyone who shows up at my doorstep knows better. Oh, and I do love TV. I lived without it for so many years of my life that it's still exciting. Especially in hi def. I'm pretty much a couch potato. Except when I'm swimming. Love to swim but I can only indulge a few months out of the year.
If I were to visit your hometown, where would you recommend that I go? (I like seeing and doing things that aren't in all the guide books.)
You have total control over casting a movie based on your life. Which actor would you cast as you?
Who is your favorite recurring character in crime fiction?
I'm a Kinsey Millhone fan, but I also like J.A. Jance's Beaumont. It's a draw.
Name one book that you've read that you wish you had written. What is it about that book that made it come to mind?
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (he's the guy who wrote Fight Club). I find his writing brave, quirky and in-your-face. I wish I had the courage to put down what I really want to say without worrying about offending the world. I despair at the alter of his talent.
What did you do the first time you saw one of your books on a shelf in a bookstore? How did you celebrate when you first heard you were to be published?
You know, I really didn't have a reaction. Even when I win a contest or manage a major achievement, I let myself gloat for three days and then it's back to work. I think that comes from being a newspaper reporter where your best stories wind up on the bottom of a birdcage collecting bird droppings. At least, that's what my family did to recycle newspapers. It's sort of the world telling me to get over it.
I don't know if you've seen it, but I love Parnell Hall's video about book signings. What is the most unusual experience you've had at a book signing or author event?
At Malice Domestic I found myself sitting next to well-known author. Her books had not arrived and she didn't have anything to sign. I felt bad for her so I handed her one of my books and said, "Do you want something to read?" Okay, that was snarky, but I meant it in the nicest way. Really.
The way some people talk, the only way to read now or in the future is with some sort of electronic device, like my husband's Nook. What is your opinion of eBooks, and how will they affect you as a published author?
I love the idea for others, but I haven't learned yet how to answer my cell phone, so I'm afraid I'd either lose it, break it or forget how to operate it. I never read directions (they don't make sense). The books spilling out of my bookshelves will suffice for the rest of my life. But, I can see the practicality of e-books and my sales are healthy in that arena. So, thumbs up--but not for me.
Thank you so much for spending this time with us, Sunny. May your book sales do nothing but increase!