It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
Author Josi S. Kilpack
Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, I met my husband in high-school–well, he wasn’t my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet–and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 20 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series.
I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.
This or That?
TV or Movies?
Movies. I like to watch my favorite ones over and over and over again. Drives my family crazy.
Hot or Cold?
Cold, so I can wear comfy clothes.
Black or White?
Black. It’s minimizing 🙂
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird, but not by choice. My oldest daughter got up at 4:30 for years to practice piano before school. She ruined me.
Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Ice cream? Vanilla. Anything else–chocolate.
Regular or Diet?
Neither. I’m not a big pop drinker.
Coke or Pepsi?
If I DO drink pop, it’s Coke.
Horror or Romance?
Women’s Fiction or Suspense 🙂 but if I had to choose, I’d go with Romance. Can’t do horror at all.
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Both, especially in trail mix.
Sweet or Salty?
Sweet. I’m convinced I would be fifteen pounds lighter if not for my sweet tooth.
Summer or Winter?
Winter–comfy clothes again 🙂
City or Country?
Country. I live on 5 acres and am spoiled by it.
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Happy Potter (I am watching Prisoner of Azkabahn as I type these answers out)
Gum or Breath Mints?
Mints. I very much dislike gum.
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
Planning. Much to my husband’s dismay.
PC or Mac?
Once you Mac you never go back.
Beach or Pool?
Beach if it’s not crowded, Pool if there’s lots of people. But I don’t want to get wet at either location.
Shoes or Sandals?
Cats or Dog?
Apples or Oranges?
Apples, sliced with mild cheddar cheese. Mmmm.
Cause or Effect?
You need both for believable fiction 🙂
Heads or Tails?
Heads. Tails stink.
Facebook or Twitter?
Truth or Dare?
Dare. Too many secrets.
Text or Talk?
Introvert or Extrovert?
A pretty good hybrid.
Josi’s Top of the List
Favorite Literary Characters
I can’t think of an individual character, but I love characters with inner strength, who do hard things for good reasons and are trying to make the world around them a better place to live.
Things That Inspire You
People who work hard toward their goals, learning new things that fill in gaps of understanding, gaining perspective.
Books You Are Dying to Read
Reached by Ally Condie, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I have seen all the movies, but the book is slow reading for me and I haven’t finished it yet. Embarrassing, I know.) I read so little these days that I have so many books I’m wanting to read.
Books That Made You Want To Become A Writer
I loved books. I loved stories. I had an idea for one of my own and it became more than I’d ever expected.
Bookish Pet Peeves
Casual sex, lack of motivation for characters, Author voice, boring stories.
Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers.
Learn your craft, never stop learning your craft, make friends in the industry, and celebrate the successes.
Twix candy bars, chocolate covered cinnamon bears, Cracked Pepper with sea salt Triscuits, cheese
Things you wish you knew before you published
That as soon as I accomplished a goal, I would find another one, that writing and publishing is more about me growing than it is about producing the book, that it would never get easier, that I would love it as much as I do, that I would make some of the best friends of my life through writing.
Places you would consider paradise
I love Costa Rica
Foods you wish you could and never gain a pound
All of them!
Things that bring a smile to your face
My husband, my kids, lovenotes, naptime, watching people succeed, The Big Bang Theory
Words you try not to use.
LOL–so many! And I still use most of them.
Words you love.
Places you’d like to take your laptop to and write.
I prefer my own house or the library. I know, boring
Books you have in your library.
Oh gosh, lots of YA series, a few classics, lot of LDS Fiction, Lots of books on parenting and organization, lots of books about topics I’ve researched.
I’m not a huge fan of cream pies or rum flavored stuff. Other than that, I’ll eat pretty much any dessert offered.
Ten tunes you have on your Ipod
Simple Things by Jim Brickman and Rebecca Lynn Howard, Sweet Dreams by the Erythmics, Hanohano Wale No Na Cowboy / Ka Huila Wai by IZ, If I only had Today by Hilary Weeks, Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield, Turbo Lover by Judas Priest, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, I dreamed a dream by Anne Hallaway, Someone that I used to know by Luke Conard, Under Pressure by Queen
Books that inspired you in your life?
Scriptures, Jack Weyland books, “Dibs, in Search of Self” (became fascinated with psychology), “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”, “The Dangerous year”, Garfield.
Cities you want to visit or your favorite cities?
I have been able to travel quite a bit and I love it all. I love new places, but more than that I love coming back home. I wish I had more time within my own four walls.
Words that describe your self?
Impatient, hard working, grateful, opinionated
Pieces of advice you would tell the “teen”you
Oh gosh–what wouldn’t I tell myself? Brush your teeth, be good to your friends, leave the boys alone (except for Lee–he was worth your time), do your homework, listen to your parents, do sports, wear clothes that fit you, don’t swear.
Games you like to play
Settlers of Catan, Tetris
Movies you never want to see again
Anything with Rodney Dangerfield.
Movie you watch over and over again
The Help, Hunger Games, All the Harry Potters, Lord of the Rings, The Cutting Edge, Forever Strong, Return to Me, Hairspray–really I could list dozens.
Things you have in your purse/bag/wallet now
Nothing interesting. I dislike purses but have to carry them as a necessary evil. I keep it pretty sparse.
Stand alone books
Anything by Dr. Suess.
A handheld Tetris game and movies.
Listening to answering machines. Paper plates and cups.
Culinary Mysteries by Josi Kilpack
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