Today I am excited to welcome writer and violinist D.R. Ransdell to Twelve Question
1. Please tell me the three most important things people should know about you.
I love to travel, I play in a mariachi, and I love to speak foreign languages.
2. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
5 cats! (No dogs—they’re too hard to leave if I want to travel.)
3. Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, and then tea in the afternoon!
4. Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, or commando? (Either what you prefer or what you prefer on others.)
5. What was the first thing you ever wrote?
A story called “Samantha the Martian.” I think I was in second grade. The story was about a Martian coming to earth and being the substitute teacher for the day.
6. When did you finally decide to call yourself a writer?
Last spring I finally realized that while I was writing “writing teacher” first on my profile, my own writing was what always came first in my own mind.
7. Which of your works are you most proud to have written?
I think writers are almost always most in love with what they’ve just given birth to. MARIACHI MURDER was born last May, so that’s very exciting.
8. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
Moving back to the U.S. after five years in Mexico was terrifying and very difficult.
9. How did you end up getting published?
It’s always been a process of sending things out again and again.
10. Would you be food or fighter if the zombie apocalypse were to happen?
I would sit down and start writing about it.
11. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Tried to learn Italian and Spanish—in the same year via two study abroad programs.
12. Would you rather be rich or famous--and you could only have one-- and why? The fame would be based on something good, not something like being the best serial killer or anything like that.
Better to be rich. If you’re rich, you have time to travel and write. If you’re famous, your time isn’t your own.
D.R. Ransdell is an author in Tucson, Arizona where she can enjoy good weather most of the year. She loves to travel, so travel often is a feature in her writing. She also plays the violin in both a classical group and a mariachi band. Thus her first mystery is MARIACHI MURDER. Andy knows better than to let a beautiful woman turn his head, but somehow he simply can't help himself even if it means putting his own mariachi group in jeopardy. D.R. has also published a volume of poetry: THE SECRET LIVES OF THE PINK HOUSE CATS. She lives with several cats; she could get more writing done if she didn't have to stop and rescue lizards quite so often!
When Andy’s boss has to go out of town for a baptism, Andy is put in charge of the mariachi restaurant against his will. Not only does he have to lead the band, but he’s supposed to keep an eye on the boss’s much younger wife. After Andy sees Yiolanda fleeing the murder scene of a fellow musician, he’s not sure what to do. The more Andy finds out, the more trouble he gets himself into. He's a sleuth only by accident. He would much rather spend afternoons working on new songs; instead the only way he can hope to restore equilibrium is by taking walks at three a.m., breaking and entering, impersonating his brother, and lying to everyone, including himself.