Please help me welcome: Louise Pelzl who is writing under the name of Z. Minor. She’s a delightful lady that I’ve known for a very long time and has been supportive of my writing journey. She’s past president of the Kansas Writer’s Association and a dear friend.
What parts of you and your background feed your imagination?
Everything around me; people, TV Shows, the what-if when I see or hear a headline either on the news or in a magazine.
Tell us a little about the very first story you remember writing?
The Sisterhood of the Coin. It was my first endeavor into writing a novel and it got published!
Creative people are often creative in other ways, besides writing what else does the muse encourage you to do?
I do decorative painting on wood – my favorite is snowman or Christmas decorations. I love to garden. I love having my home-grown cut flowers in the house. I plant a lot of flowers so when I bring them in the house my garden doesn’t look bare.
What genre(s) do you like to write?
Historical romantic suspense
Contemporary mystery novels
Play at sci-fi for fun
Most of my stories have murder and mayhem in them.
Tell us a little about your novel, its plot and the main character(s).
Sisterhood of the Coin is a series of three historical romantic suspense books.
The second book – I just sent my edits back to my editor, while I’m working on the third.
The stories involved three foster sisters who are interesting in finding out who their birth parents are for various reasons. The books take place between 1820 – 1824. When the women were young they formed a club called the Sisterhood of Coin. Each has an old Roman Coin. If they are ever in trouble, they only have to send their coin to another sister, and she will come to their aid.
Nicola Highbridge is the main character in the first book. She comes to London to help her younger sister and meets Clay Barber. He appears to be a common laborer but in reality, is a titled Earl. He helps her find her birth parents and in the process discovers who is one of the leading players in the Cato Conspiracy (a true fact from 1820).
My second book, Mara’s Legacy is about Mara Highbridge and what she discovers when she sets out to find her birth parents.
My third book, Emmy’s Discovery is about Emmy and an archeology opportunity that might just set the world of literature in a tailspin. And of course, as I have introduced new characters major and minor in my current works I see other books taking shape.Which might mean there will be more than three books in the series.
Are any of the characters like you and if so in what way?
I don’t think so. I think my characters are how I wish I could be.
What genre(s) or author(s) do you like to read?
I don’t have a favorite author. As long as the book is interesting, I will read it.
Where and when do you find the best ideas or inspiration for your stories?
I like to use historical facts that are not known to most people. I research the events and then add my own twists, while keeping the historically portion accurate.
If there were a message you could share with other writers what would it be?
Don’t give up on your writing- not ever!!!
Where can readers go to learn more about you and your work?
I write under the name Z. Minor (middle initial and maiden name). Find me on Amazon, or my website www.zminor.com. I’m also on Facebook under Z. Minor.