Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome Miranda James (aka Dean James) to MCBF 2014

Dean James  (writing under pen name Miranda James) joins the line up of amazing authors participating in MCBF 2014.

Miranda (aka Dean) James is the New York Times-bestselling author of the “Cat in the Stacks” series, featuring a widowed librarian and his Maine Coon cat. The author of eighteen mystery novels and several works of mystery non-fiction, Dean (aka Miranda) has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award twice for Best Critical/Biographical Work and has won the Agatha and Macavity Awards for Non-Fiction.

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Dean took a few minutes to do an interview with us. Read what he said here:

At what age did you start writing?

I started writing when I was twelve. My first effort was a novel (although looking back at its length, I realize now it was a novella). It was a mystery, derivative of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, my two favorite mystery series at the time.

At what age did you start writing?

I tend to dive in, although I do think about the characters and the basic plot before I start writing.

In high school, where did you fall? (Prom Queen/King, Gamer Geek, Brainy/Book Nerd, Jock, Shy/Quiet Scholar, Skate Rat, Stoner, Class Clown, etc.)

I was definitely the Brainy/Book Nerd type.

    Do you have a pet?  Tell us about them and how they help/hinder your writing. 

I have two cats, Pippa and Toby. When I first sit down at the computer, they start complaining and asking for attention. After a bit, once I’ve given them enough attention, they settle down and let me work.

What books or authors have influenced your writing most?
The Nancy Drew books got me hooked on mysteries. Writing influences include Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, and Phyllis A. Whitney.

     Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Among the dead, I would most love to meet Margery Allingham, my very favorite mystery writer. Among the living, I’d say probably Carol Burnett.
Meet Miranda (aka Dean) James at the
on Saturday, February 15
at Lone Star College Montgomery.

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