Hazel Holt was kind enough to take some time and answer a few questions for the blog! Thanks again!
1. Other than Mrs. Malory, do you have a favorite character in the series? Or a book you especially like? And why? (For bonus points, do you ever reread your books?)
I suppose my favorite has to be Rosemary - and Tris and Foss of course. I think I like "The Cruellist Month" best (most fun to write), then "The Shortest Journey"
2. You set The Cruellest Month’s murder in a library. Did you have to take extra care when writing the book? Especially as there have been many, many mysteries set in libraries over the years.
I was very fortunate that I had the help of a Bodleian Librarian who gave me splendid tours of the place, especially the subterranean book store which few people penetrate. Of course, the Bodleian isn't really like any other library in detective fiction is it?
3. Has Agatha Christie and her cannon of book influenced your writing at all? And how?
4. Do you have a favorite Christie title or titles you like to read? And/Or a favorite character? And why?
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (chosen by the members of the UK Crime Writers Association as the greatest detective novel of all time).
5. Is there any Christie book you wish you had thought of first? (Assuming you have read her…)
I wish I'd had the wit to think of ANY of her wonderful plots
6. Agatha Christie was known as the queen of poisons. Do you find that you favor any particular type of method of murder in your writing?
I like poisons but my favorite method was carbon monoxide poisoning ("The Silent Killer") which almost happened to me.
7. Many authors (including Christie) over the years have used previous training/employment as inspiration and for believable details in their writing. Have any of your previous jobs influenced or served as direct inspiration for you?
None of my jobs as such, only being a wife and mother.
8. Christie’s characters were often based on brief impressions of people she saw, but she could not create a character on anyone she actually had a conversation with. Are you as a writer able to base characters on real people or are they wholly fictional or a blend of the two?
You take different characteristics from different people and blend them together.
9. What do you find it easier to work on short stories, novellas or full length novels?
10. What are you currently working on?
I'm trying to finish the book I started before I became ill. IF it's finished and published it will be called "Death is a Word"
11. Any last words?
Thank you for asking me.
Amber Here: If you ever need a fantastic read I would really suggest this series. I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Don’t be fooled by the cat on the cover, the animals do not solve the mystery. Mrs. Malory cares for them but that is all!