Interview with Sally Weinraub

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manchester, England, and it has affected both who I am and what I write about. Although none of my books are set in England, I think they have an English atmosphere. I left England and came to the US when I was 18 or 19, during World War II. Like me, my heroine, Emily Lewis, wasn't born in the US. She came to America slightly earlier and went to an American high school, yet there are many parallels between her life and my own.
When did you first start writing?
I've written all my life, since I was seven years old. During the war, my sister and I edited a small newspaper called the Victory Bulletin, which went out to the soldiers in our community and their families at home. I started seriously writing in 1995, however. I burned my first novel and started writing cozy mysteries after that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first piece I wrote was a poem, when I was about seven.

The rose for old England
The rose, the rose
What flower is like it?
Nobody knows
With its deep folded petals
Its heart of pure gold
A kiss must lie hid
In each soft crimson fold
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I become transported into the world of my book, and the time flies so fast, that only my back ache stops me!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, of which I've done much research but only written 16 pages, is called Midnight at the Parthenon. Many years ago, before they renovated the Parthenon, my husband and I walked there at midnight among the pillars. I never forgot the scene. Since then I've tried to become steeped in Greece, past and present.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the classics, like Trollop, Dickens, Jane Austen. And I also like cozy mystery novels, especially if they have a female detective. This prompted me to write my own series./
Why did you want to publish your books?
All writers are narcissists, and I am too. I want my books out there. I feel that my books are a legacy to my family and friends.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've been lucky to have several newspaper interviews.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband wakes me up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write much less than I did before. Now I spend about two hours a day working on my novel. Besides writing, I walk, I exercise in the pool, and I visit with my beloved children and grandchildren. I read and at night I watch PBS. My favorite show is Miss Fisher's Mysteries, and I also like Inspector Lewis.
Published 2016-05-04.
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Books by This Author

Murder at the Mikvah: An Emily Lewis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,620. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Hannah, 17, is about to be married to an older businessman when she is accused of murdering her young lover at a ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn . Appeals lawyer Emily and private eye Sid set out to prove her innocence. But Hannah falls into the hands of a criminal gang, and Emily, searching to free her, is almost too late. When the murderer’s identity and motive are revealed, it’s a searing surprise
Murder on the Intrepid: An Emily Lewis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,530. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In 1982, the U.S.S. Intrepid arrives in NYC as a war museum. The carrier’s old shipmates hold a reunion on the ship. Daniel Frey, a WWII veteran, travels from CA for the reunion, hoping to retrieve a lost memory. When Dan is discovered standing over the bodies of two dead skinheads, he is arrested and found guilty of murder. Emily and her new boyfriend Sid, a private eye, expose the real killer.
Death of a Goddess: An Emily Lewis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,420. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Before a packed audience, Raymond Stark furiously stabs his glorious leading lady and ex-lover, Elena, with a fake knife. She rises to take her bows but is later found stabbed to death backstage. Raymond is arrested, and his friend, Lou Massey, and his girlfriend Emily agree to investigate. They collide with a gang of jewel thieves, and Lou is almost killed before apprehending the true villain.
In Six Weeks’ Time: An Emily Lewis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,120. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
In 1964 Emily Lewis seeks a divorce and goes to Reno for the required 6 weeks’ stay. She expects to be lonely and bored but is surprised by the camaraderie of the guesthouse residents, also awaiting their papers. The seeming idyll is shattered by a murder. When Inspector Reeves asks Emily to watch her fellow guests, she unwillingly agrees to help and is drawn into a complex and dangerous web.