Interview with Louise Hathaway

We see that you are a husband and wife writing team. When did you decide that you wanted to write books together?
The Wife: For years, I'd been trying to get published on my own. I have a M.A. in English and spent my twenties at the post office mailing my short stories to various publishers with no success. About 3 years ago, on a lark, I began writing a murder/mystery about a group of librarians and what would happen if someone accidentally got crushed when the electronic compact shelving mechanism malfunctioned. How would my imaginary librarians react if they found the body? Would they accuse each other? Who would they think did it? I wrote about 6 pages and showed it to my husband. He liked it and I asked, "How would you like to write the rest of this book with me?" He kindly agreed and that's how we started writing books together. The Husband: I got inspired when my wife started writing eBooks. She graciously allowed me to add my ten cents worth into the books she was writing and the rest is history. I'm so lucky she's allowed me into her domain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The wife: I love bouncing ideas off each other. I am constantly amazed by some of the dialogue and ideas my husband comes up with. One of my favorite things to do is to sit out in our garden, have a glass of wine, and read to each other what the other has written that day. I always knew that my husband was a good writer (he seduced me with a poem he'd written about me). But I'm amazed by just how good of a writer he is and how much better he writes with each book. The husband: Forget what she said. She's the better writer. I'm just along for the fun ride. It's a joy to be creating our little works of art and then unleashing them onto the world!
Do you ever get into arguments when the other one wants to make changes?
The Wife: We get asked this question a lot. It's a challenge, I've got to say, because I look at it like "you're talking about my baby; I've spent hours writing that dialogue or scene." But, I must say, 99% of the time he's right. He keeps it real. The Husband: Never. I mean never. Sure, there are disagreements over a line or two but it always works itself out the best in the end. We're lucky to have the ability to look at a piece of writing and choose what works the best for each situation.
What are you working on now?
The Wife: I have just finished writing a time-travel novel about two sisters who live in the present time and find themselves magically transported back to the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California. This is a concert my sister and I went to when we were teenagers (I was only 13 and she was 18). It was later referred to "Orange County's Woodstock". I describe the bands who played at the festival and what the audience was like. The sisters go back to their hometown and meet the ghosts of their parents and siblings. They even meet younger versions of their husbands. I tried to make it funny and poignant at the same time. The book is called: "The Summer of Love: A Trip Back to 1968."
My husband and I have just finished writing "Honeymoon in Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery." When we wrote our other two Detective Santy Mysteries, we realized that Clarissa Santy is having a spiritual crisis at the end of both "The Tustin Chronicles" and "The Murder at the Abbey." She deserved better, so in the third book in the series, she gets married and goes on a honeymoon to Savannah, Georgia. It's part travelogue/ part homage to "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"/ and part romance novel. Murder seems to follow Clarissa wherever she goes, and even on vacation, she finds herself involved in an investigation after her cousin, a famous chef, is killed. Each book in the series can be read alone, without having to buy another from the series.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The Wife: We are both native Californians and I think it shows up in our writing. We like to think of our County as a main character in our books. Especially, when there can be such negative press and jokes written about people from Southern California (I'm especially thinking of "The Real Housewives of Orange County.)" That's so not us.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Both of us can hardly believe how many people have been buying our books on Smashwords! People we don't even know from all over the world. It really is amazing to see people sampling and even buying our books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Wife: "David Copperfield". "Brideshead Revisited." "Leaves of Grass." "The Web & The Rock." "Rumpole of the Bailey." Why? Because I'm an English Major. The Husband: I'm a history lover at heart. She's introduced me to the great literature of the world and without her I would have never ventured to read such wonderful books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The husband: I work full-time. It's hard to find the hours to write as much as I'd like to.
What do your fans mean to you?
The wife: We love our fans. I've been so touched by all of the books my friends and family have bought. They are an amazing support system for me. What's really surprises me is how many people have bought them in Canada, England, Germany, Australia. Who are these people? We have been blown away by it.
Published 2014-05-13.
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Books by This Author

Tripping Back to the 60s
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,310. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This humorous time-travel tale is about 2 sisters who are magically transported back to the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California—an outdoor concert later described as “Orange County’s Woodstock”. They hitch-hike back to their childhood home, see and talk to relatives who died years ago, and even run into younger versions of their husbands. Will they ever find their way home?
Our First Year Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy (And Then Some)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,950. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
Come along with us as we follow our new Jack Russell puppy through his first year (and then some) and watch him learn and grow to become part of our world. We hope that you may learn from our mistakes and successes with bringing up this adorable, funny, intelligent, and always-entertaining breed of wonderful little dogs.
Fifty Shades of Dead
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,490. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Three young librarians get together for a girl’s night out at the movies to see Fifty Shades of Grey where they meet a handsome stranger who bears a striking resemblance to the film’s main character. He invites them to dinner, but only one goes with him—a vulnerable redhead who has just been served divorce papers. A few days later, her body is found behind an abandoned house in the 9th ward.
Deadly Promises: A New Orleans Mystery
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,120. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this intriguing New Orleans mystery, two murder investigations take center stage in the Crescent City. First, a young woman is gunned down during a wedding at St. Louis Cathedral; then 13 bodies are found in a shipping container on the docks. Could these two seemingly unrelated cases be connected? Discover the seamy underworld of human trafficking as two homicide detectives search for answers.
The Salacious Scribes Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"I never imagined when I joined an erotic romance writing group that one of us would be killed at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. It had all started out so fun." So begins this humorous and PG-Rated romantic cozy mystery about the relationships between writers and what happens when one of them is killed.
The Stolen Masterpiece: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Join precocious teenage sleuth, Nancy Keene, on another of her international adventures. This book finds her in Amsterdam visiting her newly-found Dutch relatives who have recently discovered a secret room in their house that contains valuable artwork, including a Vermeer masterpiece worth millions. Someone has stolen it, and it’s up to Nancy and her team to find out who.
Fighting Demons: A New Orleans Mystery
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,060. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this riveting murder mystery, Homicide Detective Yvonne Dauphin risks her life and sanity when she checks herself out of the hospital after a bipolar meltdown, determined to prove to her boss and coworkers that’s she still up to the job of capturing a serial killer. To complicate matters further, she is hoping to reunite with her ex-husband. Will she triumph against the odds?
Destination Europe: The Summer the World Changed
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Based upon real experiences of the author, this travelogue is about 2 friends who travel to Europe to recover, sight see, meet long lost relatives, and find love in unexpected places. On their way home, aboard a plane at Heathrow, they first hear about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Their pilot tells them to get off the plane and gather their luggage in the baggage claim area. Where will they go?
Planning A Vacation? Why Not Chicago
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00 from 1 review)
Free travelogue. I've always been fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright & the many craftsmen homes he designed there. I grew up listening to Chicago-style blues & longed to hear some Blues’ bands perform at the famous “Buddy Guy’s”. I've also been intrigued by Chicago’s colorful gangster past & wanted to see a live show at the Second City Improv. And then--there's the famous pizza! Who can say no?
Travelers In Time Aboard The California Zephyr
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,950. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Do you like trains? Do you like history? If so, take a look at this time travel tale about modern-day Amtrak travelers who go back in time to the days when the trans-continental railroad was being built. Our passengers become part of a real-life special excursion train and meet Rutherford B. Hayes, George Pullman, and Robert Todd Lincoln. How will our time travelers cope with their new world?
The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Nonfiction » Social Science » Social classes
In The Forgotten Sister, the drawing rooms of the Regency era are opened for us to view the world where Jane Austen left off when she wrote Pride and Prejudice. This novel is about Mary Bennet, the plain middle daughter, as she compares herself to her beautiful sisters, tries to get her father to notice her, falls in love, becomes a writer, and ultimately a champion for those less fortunate.
The Oedipus Complex in D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Essay » Author profile
This scholarly essay is about Sons and Lovers, the strange story about a mother who smothered her son with possessive love and treated him like a substitute for her abusive husband. It also addresses what Lawrence thought of critics who claimed it was about the Oedipus Complex. I've included photos that were taken when I was at his birthplace in England & at his memorial in New Mexico.
Marriage in Pride and Prejudice: A Literary Essay
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Women Authors
I wrote this literary essay in graduate school the semester before I received my Masters Degree in English Literature. It is about marriage expectations in the Regency period as expressed in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It explores the different relationships between the sexes in the novel, and what the options were for unmarried women during this period. It also includes my travel pictures.
The Stolen Mask: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
What would happen if Nancy Drew met James Bond? Find out in this humorous, PG-Rated tale written for women baby-boomers who grew up loving Nancy Drew. Nancy Keene, a teenage sleuth, goes to London and stays in the same hotel as Daniel Craig (AKA James Bond) when his BAFTA award is stolen. Nancy channels Agatha Christie & Sherlock Holmes to help her solve the mystery of the stolen mask.
Honeymoon in New Orleans
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Planning a vacation? Why not New Orleans? It's one of my favorite cities in the world and I've returned to it many times over the years. I wrote this travelogue/romance novel about my favorite places to visit, dine, and stay overnight in The Crescent City and Louisiana. My travelogue also includes helpful websites to consider before planning your next vacation. "A light and enjoyable read."
Watchin' The Detective: A Mystery Dinner Romance
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,640. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Have you ever wanted to go to a mystery dinner theater where the audience has to figure out whodunit? That is where two lovers meet in this humorous & sexy romance novel. A librarian in her mid-thirties goes with her friends to a performance where an actual murder takes place & falls in love with the handsome investigating detective.
The Body on Ortega Highway: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This psychological thriller about sexual obsession will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end. It's a riveting murder mystery about a female homicide detective who investigates the brutal murder of two teenage girls on a rural road in Orange County, California. Is the killer the same man who's been making upsetting phone calls to her? Does she know him? Will she be his next victim?
Nags, Sluts, and A Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City: Thomas Wolfe's Women in The Web and the Rock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story and was pleased to discover the best one in American Literature, in my humble opinion, in Wolfe’s long novel, The Web and The Rock. In that thinly-veiled self-portrait, Wolfe loves and captures the spirit of Aline Bernstein. In his extravagant rhetoric, he immortalizes her in his fictional character, Esther Jack.
Honeymoon In Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,750. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
In this murder mystery, Detective Clarissa Santy hopes to spend a quiet honeymoon with her husband in one of America’s most beautiful cities. She and her husband are both big fans of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, so they decide to make a pilgrimage to Savannah to see the sights mentioned in the book. Her time as a tourist is short-lived however when a famous chef is murdered.
Chasing My Roots: New World Finally Meets Old World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Genealogy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Do you love genealogy? If so, then this story is for you. Written by the grand-daughter of a Belgian immigrant who came to America in 1910, it describes her efforts to find and reunite with his family in Belgium after a breakdown in communication for twenty-five years. When she makes a pilgrimage to meet her relatives in the old world, they pull out all the stops and treat her like a movie star.
The Missing Bachelor Farmer: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Are you a fan of Prairie Home Companion? Have you ever thought of going on a pilgrimage to see the towns that Garrison Keillor had in mind when he created his fictional town of Lake Wobegon? If so, I hope you will enjoy this book about a precocious teenager who talks her father into taking her to Minnesota on just such a quest.
Murder At The Abbey: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,940. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this murder/mystery, a monastery in Orange County, California is shaken to its core when one of its priests is murdered. Who would want to kill him? Tempers have been running high in Silverado Canyon ever since the abbey purchased land to expand on. Detective Clarissa Santy is trying to solve the murder, while she’s busy reintroducing her father to the world outside of prison.
The Ghost In The Plantation: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,830. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Do you like Nancy Drew? Do you like New Orleans? If so, you will enjoy this humorous and PG-rated story about a teenage sleuth that especially targets women baby boomers who grew up reading & loving the Nancy Drew series. The teenage sleuth in this story goes on vacation to the French Quarter and what starts out as a sight-seeing trip changes into a murder/mystery when a docent is murdered.
England in the Footsteps of Its Literary Giants
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Essay » Literature
(5.00 from 1 review)
This travelogue explores the literary landmarks of England by visiting the birthplaces and environs of some of the best writers of the English language. In it, you will find the worlds of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, James Herriot, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare, to name but a few. One need not be an English Major to enjoy this book. All one needs is a yen to travel.
The Buried Treasure on Route 66: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,020. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Written as an homage to the Nancy Drew books, this humorous and PG-rated "mystery" especially targets women babyboomers who grew up loving the series. This book's main character is a “teenage sleuth,” very much like Nancy; but, its protagonist has just turned 18, has a boyfriend and is ready to move out of her father's house. Will her father "let her go"? Find out in this trip on Route 66.
The Tustin Chronicles: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,610. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
This murder mystery, about a daughter's search for the truth behind her father's murder, is an homage to the books of T. Jefferson Parker that describe crime in Orange County, California. Focusing on Tustin in the early 1970's and 1990's, this book brings back the bygone days of tractor showrooms; hippies and head shops in Laguna Beach; and a packing house called "The Sunkist Cathedral".
Death Among The Stacks: The Body In The Law Library
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,460. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Why did an Inspector from the Government Printing Office get crushed between two rows of electronic compact shelving? In this murder/mystery, everyone seems to have a motive. It's an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit with multiple suspects whom the book's detective assembles together in one room in the last chapter for "the big reveal."