Character Name: Marla Vail
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess?
I’m a hairstylist who likes to solve crimes when I’m not at work in my salon or caring for my police detective husband, Dalton, and his teenage daughter. When I have time, I like to cook. Quick and easy recipes are for me. I was sharing so many recipes with friends and family that I decided to compile them into a cookbook. It truly was a labor of love, because what does it mean to feed others? We are expressing our need to care for them and nurture them, and we do this by providing sustenance.
2) How did you first meet your writer?
She was getting a perm at my salon while thinking about writing a mystery series. As she waited for her hair to process, she looked around at the other ladies staring into space and waiting for their timers to go off. We need something gripping to read to kill time, she thought. Why not kill off one of these women? She had the nerve to pick my client, grumpy Mrs. Kravitz, for the first book in her series titled Permed to Death.
3) Want to dish about him/her?
Aside from the fact that she needs a better haircut? Seriously, she works hard to share our adventures and to publicize my salon. We both like to cook, although I have less spare time than she does. It was her idea to put all my recipes into a cookbook. It was a fun, albeit time-consuming, project and I am proud of the results.
4) Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
I believe it’s because I’ve discovered a part of myself that I hadn’t known existed. My only goal in my earlier days was to open and manage my own salon. I’d never expected to end up solving crimes. And after my marriage to Stan broke up, I didn’t expect to marry again. Nor did I ever want to have kids. My life has changed in so many ways. I’ve remarried, acquired a teenage stepdaughter, and gotten pregnant for the first time. Things have gone in unexpected directions. I’ve made mistakes, and I learned to accept them and move on. People can relate to these issues. Life is full of surprises. Who knows what’s around the next corner?
5) Who's your favorite character? Why?
Of course, my husband Dalton is very special to me. As a homicide detective, he’s learned to accept my sleuthing and even relies on me to help him get the answers. I can’t say that he is as skilled as I am in the kitchen, however. You’ll read about some of his fumbles in A Bad Hair Day Cookbook.
6) Who's your least favorite character? Why?
My brother Michael annoys me because he doesn’t keep my mother or me in the loop about what’s going on in his life. We’ll only find out about it after he’s in trouble. I wish he would be more communicative.
7) What's next for you?
Coming next is Easter Hair Hunt, due out in March 2020. I’m at an Easter egg hunt looking for my friend dressed as the Easter bunny, but she seems to have disappeared. Or at least it appears so, until I stumble across her costumed figure lying on the grass. The adventure begins, and once again, I am chasing after a killer who doesn’t want their secrets revealed. It’s an EGGcellent story, and I hope you’ll look for it in the spring.
About the Book
A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen's Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Cookbook Orange Grove Press (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 324 pages
Digital ASIN: B07XSH6C7B
Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes. Bonuses Include:•Meet the Sleuth •Introduction by Marla Vail •Cooking Tips •Excerpts from Series Titles •Themed Menu Suggestions •“A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors Recipes are listed in these categories: APPETIZERS BEVERAGES BREADS SAUCES SOUPS ENTREES – BEEF ENTREES – LAMB ENTREES – POULTRY ENTREES – FISH ENTREES – VEGETARIAN SIDE DISHES DESSERTS
“Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series“Designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction
About Nancy J. Cohen
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won a gold medal at the President’s Book Awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.
Author LinksWebsite: https://nancyjcohen.com
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