As a Writer Cat, I have had the great honor to interview some super interesting kitties.
Now I have my first human interview! Yay!!
Meet Christine DeSmet, who’s here to talk about her Fudge Shop Mystery Series.
Here we go!
What advice do you have for bright young writers?
Bright young writers should write and write and write some more because the act of writing helps a writer develop his or her voice. You have a good “voice,” Hazel, one that’s nicely humorous and “fluffy” as your tail at times. Keep it up! We need more fluffy-tailed writers who are true to themselves.
Aww thanks! 😀 Tails are great. If you were fudge, what flavor would you be?
A luscious, smooth, rich and dark Belgian chocolate fudge.
That sounds great! Can I have a bunch? What are your greatest inspirations?
Nature and talking with ordinary people. When I travel, I love engaging the ordinary people in the shops, local bars, the lighthouses, restaurants, in the parks or wherever I am. I always like to consult the cats, too. Many bookstores have cats. Every tidbit I get from humans and cats in my travels gives me new ideas for my writing.
That’s a good idea! If you could have dinner with Ava Oosterling, what would you eat and what would you talk about?
Ava and I would have some tremendous salmon or trout caught in Lake Michigan or the bay of Green Bay. I suspect you’d love that, too!
We’d talk about the unique history of the Belgians in Door County. The county and the neighboring counties of Brown and Kewaunee have one of the biggest concentrations of Belgians in this country.
Belgians are known for giant and yummy pies, beer, and booyah (a chicken stew you’d like, too), so we’d swap some recipes.
Yes! I love eating! Can I come?? And how do you think the setting of Wisconsin affected your narrative approach?
It’s affected my approach a lot. There’s a quirky sense of humor in Wisconsin that I hope I bring to my stories and my fudge shop mystery book series. We love to kid each other a lot here.
We also work hard, endure winters and do zany things like ice fishing. People here are also very friendly.
I’m dedicated to making sure I bring all of that into my stories so that I portray the authentic Wisconsin voice.
You are doing a great job with that! What are some mistakes you’ve made that have shaped your career path?
Hazel, don’t you know I’m purrrfect???!!! Seriously now, I would say any writer looks back and realizes she or he could have done a lot more writing and done it sooner. We humans tend to get distracted too much.
Whenever I sense I’m wasting time, I work harder and start new projects. So my mistakes with time have actually taken me into journalism, then romance writing, screenwriting, short story writing, playwriting, and now cozy mystery series writing—in that order. Let your panic about time being wasted force you to do a new writing project.
That’s a good idea! I know your time is precious so I just have one more question:
If you could say only one thing to a new or existing fan, what would you like them to know?
That fudge is powerful catnip for humans. Wars and even conflicts in Congress could be solved immediately if everybody would just sit down and share some of Ava Oosterling’s fudge. Ava has discovered that fudge helps people think better, relax, and smile.
Sweet, I agree. If we all just took some time to share life’s most wonderful goodies, we’d have a lot less to fight about. Thanks for the awesome chat, Christine! I really appreciate your time and insights.
And thank YOU reader for reading!