Lane Stone and The Collector

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Lane Stone. She has graciously offered to give one lucky commenter a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.

Lane Stone

Hi Lane, tell us a little about your book. Does your protagonist have a sidekick? 

The Collector is my first non-cozy book.  Art expert, Emma Kelly, must stop a world war on art while protecting a very big secret.  Since she has a secret life, no sidekicks for her.  She does have some amazing women friends. Elisa is Director of the Vatican Museums. Bobbi runs an escort service made up of men, which the police overlook because she fights sex trafficking in New York City.  Florence is the first woman CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum.

Who is your favorite sidekick from any cozy mystery?

Umm, if the Lord Peter Whimsey books are cozies, can I call Harriet Vane a sidekick?  I’m not sure of either.  Harriet has such depth she might be another main character. Here are a few real cozy sidekicks:  In Arsenic and Adobo, Mia Mansala’s protag Lila’s best friend, Adeena, is very funny. In Carolyn Rowland’s paranormal Haunted City series, the sidekick is her deceased aunt. In Judy Murray’s Chesapeake Bay Mysteries her sidekick is her daughter. In so many cozies these days, pets are sidekicks. You gotta love that. And I have to say I’m enjoying writing scenes with the sidekick I have in my November book, Dead Men Don’t Decorate.  Opal is the only cruise boat captain on the Potomac River.

When did you realize you wanted to write? Have you always enjoyed reading mysteries?

My favorite part of any job I ever had was the writing part.  I was in corporate human resources and when I was doing something as mundane as writing a training manual, I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Oh, yes. I’ve always loved reading mysteries. 

Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have a favorite snack and/or drink by your side when you write?

Pre-Covid I wrote at Panera almost every day. The white noise worked for me. Now I write mostly in my office in Lewes.  I tried writing on the beach and quickly learned that’s what writers on TV or in the movies do – not IRL.  The beach is good for plotting, but not the actual putting words on the screen.

Do you remember the first cozy mystery you read? 

Of course, they were YA’s.  Mystery at Medicine Wheel is the book I still have. The sleuth is Annette Funicello. 

Do you have a favorite light house?

The light house I volunteer for!  I’m on the board of the Delaware River and Bay Light House Foundation.  We own and maintain the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse.  It sits on a breakwater wall and is still an active aid to navigation.

Lane, it’s a beautiful lighthouse!

Tell us about your dog. 

Ah, my favorite subject! Cordy is a three-year-old schnauzer who makes our lives interesting.  It’s like she has love running through her veins. 

You can find Lane on her webiste: http://www.lanestonebooks.com/

Lane, thanks so much for stopping by.

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