C. A. Newsome


C. A. (Carol Ann) Newsome writes the Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, a series of fun, romantic suspense/mystery novels which are inspired by and centered around her mornings at the Mount Airy Dog Park with her trio of rescues (rowdy hooligans).

She is also an artist with an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. You'll see portraits of some of her favorite four-footed friends on the covers of her books. She enjoys creating community-based public artworks. As an artist, she is best known for her New Leaf Global Good-Will Guerrilla Art Project.

Her other interests include astrology, raw food and all forms of psychic phenomena. She likes to sing to her dogs. The dogs are the only ones who like to listen.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've always been a voracious reader. When I worked the 2010 Census, one of the enumerators told me he had written a novel. I was hungry for something new, so I asked to read it. He was an excellent writer, but I noted some issues with the book that would make it unsuitable for the popular market he was aiming for. He asked me to help him edit the book.

That began two of the most frustrating months of my life. We would meet, I would tell him my thoughts, he would be very appreciative. Then I would read his revisions and they would be the exact opposite of what I'd said was needed. He kept saying he needed to cut pages in order to sell the book, but he kept adding more. I told him that I was probably not the best editor for him, but he wanted me to continue. And then it would start all over again.

I wound up so angry, I wanted to kill him. So I picked up a pen and an old newsprint drawing tablet, and did it on paper. Four months later, I had the first draft of "A Shot in the Bark."
What's the story behind your latest book?
My Dog Park Mysteries are based on my many years of daily dog park visits. "Maximum Security" was inspired by my eldest fur-baby, Max. She's an escape artist, and she frequently brings back souvenirs from her jaunts. Ever since I started writing, I knew there would be a book with Max as a main character.
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Where to find C. A. Newsome online


Fur Boys
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,590. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A Machiavellian professor at Hopewell Music Conservatory is murdered, leaving behind a trio of adorable dogs. A mysterious informant is determined to involve Lia Anderson's beau, Detective Peter Dourson in the case. With Peter hamstrung by departmental politics, it's time for Lia and the dog park gang step in.
Muddy Mouth: A Dog Park Mystery
Series: Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 64,010. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A neighborhood Fourth of July Parade, a library knitting circle, 89 feral cats and a missing author. What could go wrong?
Sneak Thief (A Dog Park Mystery)
Series: Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 79,520. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When starving artist Lia Anderson's new friend is murdered, Lia not only winds up with the woman’s kleptomaniac beagle, she also inherits her stalker. On the outs with her beau and with the police on the wrong track, Lia will have to rely on her wits and her friends if she wants to stay alive.
Drool Baby (A Dog Park Mystery)
Series: Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 72,890. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Artist Lia Anderson is emerging from the trauma of the previous months with a new boyfriend, a new patron with an exciting project, and a new therapist to help her sort everything out. Life at the Mt. Airy Dog Park is returning to normal, and that suits Lia just fine. Then a stranger delivers a message, starting her down a path that will ultimately have her fighting for her life.
The Kiss: An Anthology About Love and Other Close Encounters
Price: Free! Words: 129,620. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope...or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.
A Shot in the Bark (A Dog Park Mystery)
Series: Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,520. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else at the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles with warring emotions while a killer watches and plans.
Maximum Security (A Dog Park Mystery)
Series: Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 70,460. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It's not like she's going to do anything dangerous . . . When Detective Peter Dourson arrests a stranger for the brutal murder of a dog park regular, Lia Anderson is happy to stay out of it. But her best patron befriends the woman. Lia isn't going to do much, just ask some questions. Anyway, she's got a Houdini foster dog to deal with, and Peter's desire for a commitment she isn't ready to make.

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