I'm Bloggin' Today: With Holly Price
This is so fun, I've got a great character interview for you today with Holly Price heroine from Cathy Perkins, In It For The Money
I caught up with Holly Price—CPA, amateur sleuth, and the heroine of the Holly Price Mystery Series—to ask her about the latest release—In It For The Money—and how she’s getting along with her writer.
1) How did you first meet your writer?
Initially? That crazy woman was hiking beside the Snake River with her husband. I don’t know what they were thinking—aren’t there trails for hiking? Anyway, they ended up in this tangle of bushes and the next thing I know, she’s grinning over her shoulder, saying, “Wouldn’t this be a great place to find a body?”
Now, she’s got me running around after monster trucks—trucks that people drive over giant rocks—on purpose.
Mystery writers have dark and scary minds is all I can say.
2) What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the mystery?
After I figured out what was going on, the mystery was tangled and a real challenge to figure out. At the time, of course, it was scary and frustrating! But the best part of this book was the verbal sparring with JC Dimitrak. He can drive me nuts, but I kinda like handing it right back to him.
[Holly is at Boulder Bounders, a rockcrawling event sponsored by her client. Her cousin Tate’s new suspension design is being featured at the event, giving her both personal and professional reasons to be present. Unfortunately, there was a wreck and a brawl as accusations about sabotage flew.]
“You requested backup?” [Detective] JC [Dimitrak] asked [the security guard]. “To handle an accountant?”
Holly decided to treat the contempt in JC’s tone as directed at the guard and not a slam on her or her profession.
“No. Over there.” Security Guy hooked a thumb toward Tate and another zip-tie trussed man.
She pointed. “He started it. The other guy. Not Tate.”
JC's attention jumped back to her. His hands left her shoulders. “Tate? As in Tate Price, your cousin?”
“That other guy jumped him. I saw him.”
“Don't say another word.” JC's face had gone to total cop mode. He drew her away from the crowd, closer to the seats near the sponsor’s tent. “You're a witness. One of the other deputies will take your statement, but you cannot get involved in this. You promised to not go off investigating and getting in the middle—”
“Yeah, yeah. I know the drill. But if you're referring to that conversation we had in the vineyard after the unfortunate side trip with Marcy’s killer, I agreed to never go joyriding—”
“Right.” He cut her off. “Got it. Go get Laurie, give your statements, then leave.”
Holly hung onto her temper and smiled. She figured it probably looked like gritted teeth. “I can't. I'm here with a client. He's one of the sponsors of this little shindig.”
JC cursed, blew out a sigh and pulled her close. “Not again.”
His breath ruffled her hair and the warmth of his body surrounded her. His scent set off little explosions that had her heart and her hormones working overtime. Damn, they had to figure out their work schedules and spend some real time together. At their current rate of non-contact, they might have to resort to phone sex, which would make a really lousy substitute, given the way the man could...kiss.
“I nearly lost you less than three weeks ago,” he murmured. “That isn't an experience I care to repeat.”
“I'm not looking for round two with the crazy people, either.”
We’ve had a rough time moving our relationship forward, so my author better straighten that out.
3) Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
My author was spending so much time on the mystery, aka the disasters my cousin and client had gotten themselves into, I had to remind her JC and I hadn’t had a date in ages. Since it was going to be a rare occasion, I challenged JC to get innovative. You’ll have to read the book to find out what he came up with.
4) What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
I love hanging out with my friends, going to dinner or one of the great local wineries. Don’t tell anybody, but I have fantasies about having time to curl up on the sofa—did I tell you I’m renovating a house? I can see a soft leather sofa in front of the fireplace, a cashmere throw, a fire and a book.
Yeah, that isn’t happening.
5) Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Her publishers shelve her as romantic suspense, but this story should be housed with the amateur sleuth mysteries. The thing with JC? Yeah, seriously fun—most of the time. I can’t wait to see what happens next with him, but the story really is about, what’s going on in the extreme sport circuit? Why are the rigs crashing—and the drivers disappearing?
6) If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
My cousin’s debut product wouldn’t have made a disastrous launch and Danny Shaw would not be dead. I get that there wouldn’t be a book if there wasn’t a crime, a mystery to investigate, but Tate and Danny really didn’t deserve what happened to them.
7) Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
There better be a sequel! I really need to see where things are going with JC. My author tells me there’s already a new novel written about my half-sister. Somehow I get dragged into her drama. What is it with me and my family?
8) What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Seriously, I’m not as uptight as she occasionally makes me seem. And Rick, my chief manager and best ally, tells me I’m better with the staff than I think, but I do have to remind myself not to scare them.
I may be a bit driven. I have a lot on my plate, what with Dad having his mid-life melt-down and bailing on Mom. I ended up putting my career in Seattle on hold while I help out. Mom expects me to bring in new business, train the staff to handle the project work, and keep the rest of the practice running. Then these client and family disasters—whew!
I admit, I got involved at first because it was about clearing Tate’s name and keeping that ridiculous local reporter from destroying the businesses my client and I had built. But then it became figuring out…well…who was in it for the money?
9) What is your greatest fear?
Up until the past few weeks, I’d have said, spiders. I hate spiders. And spider-webs. But on my God, after this week, my biggest fear is either falling in love with JC again or someone shooting me.
10) What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Yoga pants and a t-shirt are my ‘go-to’ after-work and sleep wear. My best friend Laurie finds it hard to believe, but I never hooked up with the guys I worked with in Seattle—too much professional liability there—so it isn’t exactly like I need a drawerful of sexy lingerie. Although I wonder what JC would think about a little lace number?
IN IT FOR THE MONEY
Holly Price traded professional goals for personal plans when she agreed to leave her high-flying position with the Seattle Mergers and Acquisition team and take over the family accounting practice. Reunited with JC Dimitrak, her former fiancé, she’s already questioning whether she’s ready to flip her condo for marriage and a house in the ‘burbs.
When her cousin Tate needs investors for his innovative car suspension, Holly works her business matchmaking skills and connects him with a client. The Rockcrawler showcasing the new part crashes at its debut event, however, and the driver dies. Framed for the sabotage, Tate turns to Holly when the local cops—including JC—are ready to haul him to jail. Holly soon finds her cousin and client embroiled in multiple criminal schemes. She’s drawn into the investigation, a position that threatens her life, her family and her increasingly shaky relationship with JC.
An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapt
er) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, and coordinates for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.
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