Interview with Amy Patricia Meade
After a stint as a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Now residing in Bristol, England, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing – which is rare these days – Amy enjoys travelling, classic films, testing out new recipes, and exploring her new home.
Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and The Crime Writers Association
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
FROM LADLE TO GRACE is a fun, cozy, culinary mystery with plenty of humour and several deliciously dark plot twists.
Who would your book be perfect for?
Fans of food, fun, and mysteries with heart. Oh, and someone who enjoys a good or not-so-good or even a terrible groan-inducing pun.
Can you share with us a photo that meant something special to you?
Christmas with my favourite guys.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
Receiving favourable reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal. We writers often work in a vacuum and although my husband reads my manuscripts and loves them and my editors read my manuscripts and enjoy them, there’s nothing quite like that third party validation. I ugly cry (tears of happiness) when I receive a favourable review – even on Goodreads!
Do you have any questions for your readers?
I would love to hear their suggestions for literary themed menus and recipes. We’ve all read that passage describing a memorable meal or a character’s favourite dish. I’d love to hear about what passages resonated with them. I’d also love their food-themed book title puns… I’m actually considering making that a future contest!
What is your all time favourite read of your whole life and why?
Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The way she strings the reader along and then delivers the final twist. I’d always been a story teller, even as a child, but Roger Ackroyd inspired me to do what I do.
From Ladle to Grave by Amy Patricia Meade
Could a body found in a graveyard be linked to a tragic murder twenty-five years ago? Tish Tarragon is plunged into a new case when a fundraising dinner in the local church hall leads to a dark discovery.
Literary caterer Tish Tarragon’s ‘heroines of literature’ fundraising dinner at St Jude’s Episcopal Church is a resounding success. But as Tish walks through the graveyard to lock up the church hall, she takes a tumble . . . over a dead body.
Retired Sheriff Gadsden Carney has been murdered. Not only that, he’s lying upon the Honeycutt family plot. Six-year-old Daisy Honeycutt was killed twenty-five years ago in a case that rocked Hobson Glen. Sheriff Carney was in charge of the investigation – and his murder looks suspiciously similar to young Daisy’s.
Tish and Sheriff Reade discover that Gadsden was looking into the Honeycutt case again. Could his death be linked to Daisy’s murder all those years ago? Her killer died behind bars. Or so everyone thought . . .