Happy Monday, bookworms!
Please tell me it isn’t snowing where you are. That’s what I woke up to in Ottawa this morning and while it’s not entirely unusual and definitely won stay on the ground long, it’s still a reminder of the long winter months ahead. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love winter, the magic of snow and the fun that can be had with it. I’m from an arctic nation, after all. But let’s just say I’m just not quite ready to give up the beauty of fall, yet.
Who else needs a pleasant distraction?!
It’s my pleasure to introduce Jennifer J. Chow, whom I met through 2020 Debuts and who has published not one but two cozy mysteries in her debut year, the second of which releases early next month. I’m so pleased she’s here today to tell us all about book two, Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Sassy Cat mystery series and hope you enjoy learning more about Jennifer, what inspires her, and her books!
Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer, and congratulation on your latest!
Enjoy and have a great week, everyone!
AK: Tell us a little about yourself.
JC: I’m a Chinese-American writer, and my parents immigrated to the United States from Malaysia and Hong Kong. Even as a child, I enjoyed making up stories, first in my head and then on paper. I like writing mysteries because I love chasing down clues and solving mental puzzles.
AK: What’s the premise of your book?
JC: My book features a Los Angeles pet groomer who gets involved in a murder case when her younger sister is suspected of the crime. Mimi Lee must team up with her extraordinary talking cat, Marshmallow, and her handsome lawyer boyfriend to try and get her sister off the suspects list.
AK: What inspired you to write it?
JC: Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines was inspired by my love of traditional mysteries, including Agatha Christie’s works. I like to see justice served and order brought to the world, even if it’s only on the page. My novel features a Malaysian Chinese protagonist and a tight-knit family, inspired in part by own heritage and relatives. Marshmallow is a very sassy cat and sprang out of many years of reading Garfield comics.
AK: What are you most looking forward to this debut year? And conversely, what are you most nervous about?
JC: I’m looking forward to community. I love being part of the 2020 Debuts and other great author groups. It’s been exciting to support fellow writers and attend many virtual events around the world this year. On the flip side, I do miss actual book signings and attending writing conferences with face-to-face connections to get the word out about my books.
AK: What authors do you admire and/or have influenced your development as a writer? Please feel free to add specific books, we love recommendations!
JC: Of course, I have to put Amy Tan at the top of my list. Without The Joy Luck Club, I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of becoming a writer. I’m also indebted to Naomi Hirahara for guiding me as a fledgling writer. I love the details and authenticity found in her books. Most recently, she’s written Iced in Paradise, but I also really enjoyed her Ellie Rush series.
AK: What are you working on now?
JC: I’m working on the next book in the Sassy Cat mystery series. Mimi and Marshmallow will be on the case once more!
AK: What question do you wish I had asked, and answer it!
JC: What’s it feel like to launch two books in one pandemic year?
Unreal. I first released Mimi Lee Gets A Clue in March, right when everything started shutting down. I could never have predicted this happening. The silver lining is that I now have a much greater appreciation for books as both escapist and educational reads. I’m also extremely appreciative of writers helping writers (like you, Anita) in these unprecedented times. (AK: You’re most welcome, Jennifer!)
Release date: November 10, 2020
When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.
Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.
Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.
Where To Get Your Copy:
Mimi Lee Gets A Clue:
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines: