Interview with Eileen Gonzalez

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is A Welcher in Whitefish (available March 25 ^_^), the third in the Spring Break Sleuth series. I actually started writing all four books at the same time, though progress on the later ones dropped off as I had to concentrate on whichever one was due out next. I remember thinking, "Well, every mystery series I've read seems to have one book that takes place on a ranch, so I guess mine should too." The ranch became an organic vegetable farm, and the line about mystery series' weird obsession with ranches ended up in the book. That should tell you what kind of humor you can expect to find in A Welcher in Whitefish, if you weren't already familiar with my work. :)
When did you first start writing?
When I was about eight, in second grade or so. My first recurring characters were a family of anthropomorphic Papillons, and I'd squeeze them into school assignments whenever possible. I even included them in a picture book I drew for my fourth grade teacher as a wedding present (yes, I was "that kid").
What is your writing process?
What is this "writing process" of which you speak?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh boy. It probably had something to do with Rosie Papillon and company (see Question 2). The first story I remember clearly was a third grade assignment about the Titanic; we had to create a character and describe their experiences during the sinking. I created a first-class family with three girls, cleverly named Mary, Laura and Carrie because I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie at the time, and when the ship hit the iceberg they were all too busy watching television to notice immediately. Somehow I still got an A.
Who are your favorite authors?
Douglas Adams is my hero, and if I ever amount to a quarter of what he did, I will be the happiest person ever.

I also read a lot of comic books, so in terms of that, my favorite authors include Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Kurt Busiek, Denny O'Neil, and Darwyn Cooke.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. If I did, it would probably be buried under comic books.
What are you working on next?
So much :P My Sherlock Holmes obsession is starting to bleed through in the form of a short story collection I am currently editing. There's also an almost-novel co-starring Alice Jung of "Like Knights of Old" fame.
Published 2017-03-06.
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Books by This Author

A Welcher in Whitefish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,320. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Things get personal for Kat, Paco, Snow, Soraia, Tanekwa and Tashawn—collectively known as the Spring Break Sleuths—when Paco’s sister Giselle is accused of deliberately obstructing the formation of a humanist organization in Whitefish, Montana. Can they get to the truth of the matter—and clear Giselle’s name—before school starts again?
Like Knights of Old
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » USA
Like Knights of Old is the inspiring tale of Alice Jung, a Chinese-American teenager who learns to take life's obstacles by the throat and squeeze until it gives her at least some of what she wants. Oh, and a sea monster. Can't have an uplifting story about overcoming obstacles without a sea monster, after all.
A Hoodlum in Haddam
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,680. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
The Spring Break Sleuths return to hunt down a graffiti artist targeting historic buildings around Connecticut. Follow along as Tanekwa, Snow, Paco, Kat, Soraia, and Tashawn sort through the suspects—sarcastic Kelby, sweet Laila, straight-laced Grant, standoffish Brianna, and secretive Eddie—and visit some of the state’s most unique landmarks in their quest to put the cap on this vandal's career!
Whiteboard
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: American English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A year in the lives of Simone Kim, her boyfriend Caleb Cross, and Caleb’s genderfluid sibling Kelby.
Tumult in Tenochtitlán
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Ancient Civilizations, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Mexico
Petra and Lionheart, the superheroic guardians of Saga City, travel all the way back to 16th century Mexico to learn about the dazzling but dangerous Aztec empire--and about how harmful bullying can be, even when you're bullying another bully.
Without a Trace
Series: Jury's Greatest Hits. Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00)
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, former rock star Jodie Trinket—now hotelier Jodie Monahan—bumps into the man who broke his heart almost twenty years before.
A Sinner in San Diego
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 37,470. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
When six slightly nerdy freshmen discover that a rare fish has been stolen from a San Diego museum, they take it upon themselves (some more eagerly than others) to track down the thief in this lighthearted YA mystery novel.
Drought
Price: Free! Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
New Mexican teenager Carly Vazquez takes a walk with her dead best friend, who sacrificed herself to thwart Carly’s suicide attempt.
Jury's Greatest Hits
Series: Jury's Greatest Hits, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,270. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When their second album fails to impress, ‘80s rock trio the Jury Brothers recruit a fabulous (and fabulously talented) upstart to inject new life into the group, much to the consternation of their former front man. With this single, life-altering decision comes more rewards—and more rude awakenings—than any of them expected.
The Book of Jodie
Series: Jury's Greatest Hits, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.00)
In 1973, a stubborn, self-confident English teenager is caught kissing another boy and forced to see a psychiatrist.