Interview with Gale Deitch

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It may seem strange to someone who is not a writer, but sitting alone in a room with four walls and a computer creating my characters and their world gives me more of a high than almost anything else.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love having control over every aspect of my books. I make all the decisions about my cover art, interior formatting, and most important, my stories and characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans, who love a good cozy, mystery, my books have no value. I write these stories for their enjoyment with the hope that they will come back for more.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on book #3 in the Trudie Fine Mystery Series - "Fine Arts."
I think fans will love this book, which features not only Trudie and some of the characters from my previous books plus a few new individuals, but also a dog who plays a significant role.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read, and like my protagonist, Trudie Fine, I enjoy food, cooking and TV shows on the Food Network.
What is your writing process?
With the Trudie Fine Mystery Series, I find that I write consecutively. I always read through my last scene first, make changes or flesh it out. Then ask myself what Trudie would do next or what would she say in a particular situation or what danger I could create for her. I often feel as if she is sitting on my shoulder channeling herself through me. Once I begin writing, I lose track of time. So when I get up for 4:30 a.m. writing sessions, I set the alarm on my cell phone for 6:00 a.m., so I can stop and get ready for work.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a fabulous cover designer, Su at I give her a short synopsis of the book and a few suggestions of elements she might include on the cover. She sends me one or two possible designs and we go from there working together until the final product emerges.
Describe your desk
Well, I'm certainly not going to show you a photo of my desk. To outsiders, it looks like a big jumble of papers. But I always know where everything is. I keep a spiral notebook where I jot down thoughts or phrases or things I need to research or my books. I also have a stack of the latest comments on my chapters from members of my two critique groups. Scrambled in the mix are other non-writing related receipts, bills, and other items that should either be filed or discarded. Yes, I'm a procrastinator where filing is concerned.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, and so much of my writing, whether novel, short story, article, poetry, or the Trudie Fine Mystery Series are usually based in my hometown, the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since childhood, beginning with a diary given to me on my 11th birthday. It was very special to me with its white embossed leather cover and little gold key, and I wrote in it just about every day. As a teen, I unloaded all my adolescent angst in the form of poetry, and as a young woman loved to write long letters to family and friends. When I was married with young children, I began my first novel, took creative writing classes, joined a critique group and started writing short stories. I find writing to be the best way I can communicate my thoughts.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write what interests you. Your passion will show in the writing. Take writing classes, join a critique group and accept whatever comments they make about your writing. Go to conferences and writer's workshops and learn from others in the writing community. Keep writing daily, or at least once a week, and your writing will continue to improve.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Fine Dining
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,400. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Trudie Fine’s good friend May is discovered sitting by the body of her dead brother, holding a bloody knife, the case seems as cut and dried as sliced okra. Trudie believes in her friend and sets out to prove May’s innocence. But if May isn’t the killer, who is? Trudie's sleuthing plunges her into a jambalaya of dangerous waters. Recipes included!
A Fine Fix
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,790. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
More than anything, Trudie Fine wants to make her catering company a success, but the business is in jeopardy when a murder is committed at her first big gig and her partner is the prime suspect.