BookLife Talks with Wanda Shelton
A sponsored Q&A with the author of 'Paint Her Dead: Murder at the Inn'
Painter and debut novelist Shelton channels Agatha Christie in this seaside murder mystery set among a group of artists
What inspired you to write Paint Her Dead: Murder at the Inn?
What are some of your influences, literary or otherwise, in writing this mystery?
I am an avid reader of mysteries. I've read everything from cozy mysteries by Christie to bone-chilling, bloodcurdling mysteries by Stephen King. I've read biographies of mystery authors and am fascinated by the telling of a good story. It's hard to say what influenced me most in writing Paint Her Dead, but the Maine seaside setting was certainly an inspiration.
Talk to us about how your background as a painter informs your writing process, and vice versa.
To what extent did you draw from real life in Paint Her Dead? What responsibility do you feel to reimagine or change characters who are based on real people?
I drew from real life all through the book. Although I used characteristics of real people, no character is based entirely on one individual.
Who is your ideal reader and why? If you could pick anyone to give this book to, who would it be?
I think anyone who loves a good mystery would be my ideal reader. If I could give my book to anyone, I would give it to Harlan Coben, whose work I admire.
What is the one thing you most want to tell readers, other writers, booksellers, publishers, or agents about you or your book?
Readers will find Paint Her Dead full of twists and turns that will keep them guessing until the end. They will also be transported to this quaint and lovely inn, located on a beautiful bay in Maine.