Jennifer Oberth writes mystery with a touch of humor. Her love of writing as an art is evident both in her novels and her approach to her craft. In this interview she discusses her books and explains what new indie authors should do from day one.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Married To Murder is a short story mystery set on the wedding day of Ella Westin.
Ella doesn’t recall adding ‘solve a murder’ to her bridal to-do list but when she stumbles over the body of her matron of honor, she has no choice; her groom is the only suspect. Throw in a deaf hairdresser, a ruined wedding cake and a not so retired pirate and Ella wants to throttle everyone in sight. Can she catch the killer before the wedding is called off? Or will she be Married To Murder?
I wrote this for a short story contest. I’d already done the background work – Ella & Joe are the grandparents of the Westins in my upcoming novel series, The Masked Rider. They’re a lot of fun to write.
2. How have your sales been?
Pretty steady and growing with pockets of nothing. I’m focusing on the writing aspect and getting more books published. (I have several in the editing process right now.) It’s interesting, I view my writing as a business but then I get disheartened by various factors
such as sales or reviews or forum comments. If I look at it as a hobby, it’s a wonderful addition to my life and setbacks and cost of professional editing are in line with the leisurely pursuit of publishing books. But it’s not a hobby, it’s how I want to eventually make my living.