30 Second Death
I love Tobi Tobias. She’s just the kind a gal I could see myself hanging out with and working with. Her knack with PR and getting the name of the customer out there really seems to be her strong suit. Today, we have an interview with the lady whose head she popped out of, Laura Bradford. I always enjoy when Laura stops by.
BTB: What is it about the Tobi Tobias Mysteries that speaks to you as a writer?
LB: With all the series I’ve written to date, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries are the only ones I’ve written in first person. It really allows the reader (and me) a chance to get inside Tobi’s head–to really see things the way she does as if you’re actually her. I think it makes her super relatable. It also helps that she’s a little kooky, a little self-deprecating, and a lot funny.
BTB: One of Tobi’s most endearing sidekicks is her Grandpa Stu. He is my absolute favorite and seems like someone who is really out there somewhere in the real world. Do you have a Grandpa Stu?
LB: While I loved both my grandfathers, neither were anything like Tobi’s grandfather. I love that they have the close relationship that they do and that you see, pretty quick, where some of Tobi’s own kookiness comes from.
BTB: You’ve gotten a lot of really great reviews on DEATH IN ADVERTISING (Book # 1). What do you think is drawing people to this series?
LB: I think it’s several things. Tobi is relatable, first and foremost. She’s just trying to make a go of her dream but keeps coming up against hiccups. We can’t help but cheer her on from the sidelines, you know? Second, I’d have to say it’s her crew of friends. They’re all very different from each other, but they’re loyal and true–something we either have in our lives or wish we did. And lastly, its a fun series with lots of laugh out loud moments. Who doesn’t need a few hearty laughs in their day (bonus points when it comes in conjunction with reading)?
BTB: What propels Tobi to get involved in yet another murder in this latest installment in the series, 30 SECOND DEATH (book # 2)? Didn’t get enough in the last? Oh Tobi…..
LB: That’s easy. Carter McDade, her best friend, is considered a suspect in the murder of his co-worker–a true shrew in every sense of the word. Tobi knows Carter couldn’t hurt a flea, and she’s determined to prove it to everyone else.
BTB: What’s next for Tobi and her crew?
LB: The third book in the series, AND DEATH GOES TO…, will release December 5th.
BTB: What’s on the horizon for you, as a writer?
LB: Well, in addition to the third Tobi book in December, the third book in my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries will release in January. Beyond that, I’ll be released the sixth book in my Amish Mysteries in the spring and…come summer 2018…my first ever Amish based Women’s Fiction novel, PORTRAIT OF A SISTER, will be releasing with Kensington publishing. I’m so very excited about this book!!
30 Second Death:
To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .
When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.
To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.
Thanks Laura for stopping by and thanks for coming up with some fun and dynamic characters for us to become hooked on!
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PRE-ORDER: 30 Second Death
Tobi Tobias Mystery, Book 2
Lyrical Underground (Kensington Publishing)
July 11, 2017
About Laura Bradford:
Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
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