Avery Daniels Bio
I hold a BSBA degree with a management emphasis. I am a Colorado gal born and raised. I love the low bug population, but I have never gotten used the winter temperatures. I guess it is a fair trade, though. I have worked in Fortune 500 companies or Department of Defense contracting my entire adult life, but it is time to do what I have wanted all along.
I graduated from college with a degree in business administration. My most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. I still live in Colorado with two brother black cats as my spirited companions. I volunteer for a cat shelter, enjoy scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. I inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.
Before you ask, I have wanted to write since I was a teen. My first attempt was a rather syrupy "Old Yeller" tale involving an injured fawn and the young girl who nurses it back to health. I believe I was in High School at the time and had no proper creative writing training to guide me. I have come a long way baby since then.
Question and Answer
Chocolate…plain or nuts?
Plain, to be specific I like dark chocolate with a touch of red chili spice. Just a little spicy heat with sweet.
If you could go anywhere in the world to research for your next book where would you go?
If money were no object Borgo Santo Pietro Resort in Palazzetto, Italy OR maybe
Sensatori Azul Beach Resort in Riviera Maya Mexico. The ultimate dream would be The Brando on a private island in French Polynesia (only $2700.00 a night).
What’s your favorite city in Colorado?
I am a native of Colorado Springs, but I love Boulder (really, I do). I also love Fort Collins. I lived in Denver for a couple of years before school age (my mother is a Denver native) and still love going there and attending shows at the amazing Denver Center for Performing Arts complex or going to the Tattered Cover bookstore on 16th Street.
How did you decide to place Julienne as an event coordinator?
I was contemplating how Americans love reading about "lifestyles of the rich and famous" and was thinking how I could tie that into a mystery series. Working in luxury resorts was what I came up with, and it was natural to use the real 5 star resort in Colorado Springs as the inspiration for the setting. I wanted a job where she was flexible to move around unquestioned, thus management trainee and event coordinator. Plus, I have coordinated many luncheons and events, so I had a grasp of the job.
How did Jullienne’s character develop into a musician?
I was an adult working full time, going to college part time, secretary for a home-owner association, and a few other extra curricular duties. Then I graduated from college and thought, what in the world will I do with the extra time? Learn to play an instrument, of course! So I was an adult student of the Clarinet for a few years - lasted longer than my two weeks with a guitar. Sadly, it became clear I wasn't going to be playing for the symphony - so I retired my clarinet.
For Julienne, when I thought of the family all being musical in some way I went with what I know for her specialty. Plus, I am unusual for my age and always loved Benny Goodman and clarinet music - thus Julienne has somehow inherited that penchant. I also enjoy listening to bagpipes, but kept that far from her.
How much are you like Julienne?
I took clarinet lessons as an adult and am nowhere near as good as Julienne who is symphony quality. The townhome complex where Julienne lives is loosely inspired by where I live. Her French heritage is perhaps my wishing I had grown up with more of the French culture from my great-great grandmother who came to America from the Alsace-Lorraine area of France, but sadly didn’t pass down any of the culture or language. I took French in high school and college and in 2010 finally got to travel to Paris for ten days. I was in Notre Dame Cathedral Christmas day and spent an entire day at the Louvre, but only made it through about 65% of the museum.
I think Julienne and I would be friends. She enjoys people, which makes her good at her job. She is a loyal friend, as we find out in this first book in the series.
What first drew you to cozy mysteries?
I read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators, and similar when I was pre-teen. I read the Gothic suspense and then got into the Christie mysteries as a teen. I like the puzzle aspect, the suspenseful cat and mouse with a killer, and the sense of justice when the killer is caught.
Do you write in any other genres?
None published yet. I have an Urban Fantasy on the back burner that I am working out more of the plot before jumping into writing. I have a thriller 3/4 written and am working on edits. I am playing with ideas for a paranormal cozy mystery
Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
I am taking it this refers to other novels in general. I have so many. Mysteries: Maggie Hope, Sebastian St. Cyr, Kate Haywood from the Elizabethan Mysteries, and Georgia Fenchurch of the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries. All of these female characters are whip smart and very independent. Sebastian St Cyr is strong yet very compassionate.
If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
Agatha Christie (of course), Mary Stewart (author of Gothic suspense novels and Merlin Trilogy), Tony Hillerman, and David Baldacci. I have had dinner at a writer's conference with Jeffery Deaver before, wonderful gentleman and thriller author.
What's your favorite thing about being an author?
AD: Indulging in my creative whims for characters and situations. Having an alternate world I work in.
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