Title: Dial P for Poison
Author: Zara Keane
Publisher: Beaverstone Publishing
Series: Movie Club Mysteries #1
Movies. Muffins. Murder.
Maggie Doyle moved to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the investigation.
With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?
1.) What inspired you to write Dial P for Poison?
I love reading cozy mysteries where the protagonist has an unusual hobby or profession. When I was planning my cozy mystery series, I wanted the main character to share my interest in old movies. I’m from Dublin, but I spent my summers with my grandparents in a small town in the southwest of Ireland. In their town, there was an abandoned movie theater, and my cousin and I used to sneak inside. I loved the idea of putting that movie theater on my fictional island and having a character renovate it into a café with a movie club attached.
All the titles in the Movie Club Mysteries riff off classic movies. Dial P For Poison was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder. The second book in the series is called The Postman Always Dies Twice, and it got its name from The Postman Always Rings Twice.
2.) How long did it take to come up with your characters?
While I have to think about plot ideas and let them percolate for a while, characters just come to me. I fill in character sheets and interviews, but I tend to do this after I’ve started writing a story as a way to keep track of birthdays, physical appearance, traits, and so on. I get to know my characters while writing the first draft, and then I flesh them out during revisions. For the Movie Club Mysteries, I wanted my protagonist to be both a fish out of water and accepted on Whisper Island as one of their own. After her life implodes, Maggie Doyle, the main character, moves to the remote Irish island where her father grew up. She spent several childhood summers on Whisper Island, and she has family there, as well as old friends she can reconnect with. This means she’s embraced by the community from Day One, yet she’s still an outsider in many respects. My mother is American, and some of her culture shock stories from when she moved to Ireland inspired a couple of incidents in the book.
3.) Did you ever have writer's block while writing this story?
No. This book was a joy to write from the first page. Actually, the whole series has been a blast to write. I’ve never had writer’s block for any of my books, but I have experienced moments when I feel like I’m spinning my wheels. This usually means I need to take a step back and look at the story from a macro level. If that means scrapping a section and starting from scratch, so be it.
4.) What was your favorite part to write about this story?
The humorous scenes and the back and forth dialogue between Maggie and Aunt Noreen.
5.) Do you have anything new coming up?
Yes! Book 2 in the Movie Club Mysteries, The Postman Always Dies Twice, comes out April 20, and Book 3 will be out in June. Meanwhile, Book 1.5, a novella called To Hatch a Thief, will be an exclusive serial for my mailing list subscribers. The first episode will be sent April 18. If you’d like to sign up to receive all the episodes, the link is https://zarakeane.com/newsletter2
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Stacey!
About The Author
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