Sherry Lodge author interview featured on Sleuth Café Jan. 1, 2017.
SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I got the idea for writing “The Courtyard Corpse” when I saw a shadow flitter among the trees below my balcony. That image and the mystery behind it turned into a 168 page novel. I’m a UVA graduate and graduate of Boston University where I…Read more at Sleuth Café.
Author’s own Q&A about “The Courtyard Corpse” and process:
Q: How long did it take you to write The Courtyard Corpse?
A: It took me less than a month to write the novel.
Q: How did you get the idea for The Courtyard Corpse?
A: I was sitting on my balcony one early afternoon and noticed a shadow flittering across the trees in the courtyard. That image stayed with me, and I built a story around it.
Q: Which character was the most fun to write?
A: I love all the characters. Mrs. Canterbury is probably the most fun to write because she is so sweet and generous. Mr. Gillrot is grating and Kip was also fun to write. I’m a huge golf fan, so having a golfer as a main character was really fun.
Q: How did you choose Bethesda, MD and the Parkstone as a setting?
A: I live in Bethesda, and find it intriguing. There’s a lot of really well-educated people here and it’s kind of one of those places where you never know who you’re going to meet. The Parkstone is a figment of my imagination. It’s a place I’d like to live.
Q: Do you have any routines that help with writing?
A: I have so many ideas that when I’m writing they just sort of flow out of me. I am very cognizant of the three act structure and, so I don’t forget my thoughts throughout the day, I keep a notebook with ideas for scenes, character interactions and plot points. My writing process is very fluid.