Interview with Rosemary McCracken

Why do you write mystery/suspense novels?
I started out trying to write mainstream/literary novels, and soon realized I needed to learn more about plotting. I thought the exercise of structuring a mystery novel, which I knew relies heavily on plot, would be a good learning experience. I began reading crime fiction and I started writing it. And I fell in love with the genre. A problem is set out at the beginning of a novel, and by the end some sort of resolution, however temporary it may prove to be, is reached.
What prompted you to write the Pat Tierney series?
I had to decide upon a central character for my crime fiction series. I didn’t want that character to be a journalist—too close to home for me.

But my journalism background had a role to play in developing the character of Pat Tierney. For the past several years, I have been focusing on personal finance and the financial services industry. I interview financial advisors and investment managers. I attend their conferences. I knew the issues they face and the concerns they have.

As a result, the character of Pat Tierney appeared full-blown in my mind. She has the traits of the people I admire most in the industry. She cares about her clients. She’s a champion on small investors. She has sleepless nights markets are down.
Are your books character-driven or plot-driven?
I’m a character-driven writer, so all the choices the first-person narrator—Pat Tierney—makes in the novels have to be consistent with Pat’s character. Fate puts her in some pretty extraordinary circumstances (the plot turns), but she has to decide how to deal with them.
What's next for you?
I’ve just started the fourth Pat Tierney mystery. Pat is back in Toronto, starting her own business. And suddenly the world, as she knows it, falls apart.
What makes your books unique?
One reviewer called Safe Harbor “an original combo of domestic cozy and international intrigue.” The Pat Tierney novels are part women’s fiction and part crime fiction. They open with a family crisis—in Safe Harbor, with Pat’s discovery that her late husband Michael fathered a child with another woman. Pat has to come to terms with her feelings about this and deal with the fallout. Early into the novel, the “other woman” is murdered, and Pat learns that police consider her young son to be the killer’s next target. She puts aside her feelings about Michael’s affair and acts to protect young Tommy.

“I can’t wait for the next Pat Tierney instalment,” another reviewer said about Safe Harbor, the first book in the Pat Tierney suspense series. “I look forward to seeing what trouble Pat Tierney gets herself into next,” another reviewer added.

Well, Pat is back. In Black Water, the series’ second book, she leaves Toronto and heads out to cottage country north of the city where an elderly man has been brutally murdered. Her daughter Tracy’s sweetheart is a suspect in the murder, and when Tracy asks her mother for help…well, Pat is a softie when it comes to her family.
Published 2018-06-28.
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Books by This Author

Black Water - Second Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,120. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Pat Tierney's daughter, Tracy, asks her to help find Tracy's partner, Jamie Collins, their mother-daughter relationship is stretched to the limits. Pat heads out to cottage country where an elderly man, who killed Jamie’s sister in an impaired driving accident ten years ago, has perished in a suspicious fire. Unfortunately, Jamie is the prime suspect.
Safe Harbor - Second Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,200. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Financial advisor Pat Tierney’s world is shattered when a visitor to her office tells her that Pat's late husband is the father of a seven-year-old boy. Pat is even more shocked when the woman bolts from the office, leaving young Tommy behind. When Tommy's mother is murdered, police tell Pat that the boy may be the killer's next target.
Raven Lake
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,710. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Murder, jealousy, fraud, deceit—welcome to cottage country! Financial planner Pat Tierney’s dream vacation in cottage country turns into a nightmare when the body of an elderly woman is discovered in a storage locker. Pat’s friend, Bruce Stohl, is the murdered woman’s son, and when he is pegged by police as their prime suspect, Pat rallies to find his mother’s killer.