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TITLE: Dying for Dinner Rolls
AUTHOR: Lois Lavrisa
PUBLISHER: Sunlake Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION: September 15, 2013
RETAIL PRICE: $3.99 US (eBook) $14.95 (print) $14.95 (Audiobook)
ISBN-13:  978-1492760061  ISBN-10: 1492760064   ASIN: B00EXZQAHK









TITLE: Murderous Muffins
 Lois Lavrisa
Sunlake Press
October 11, 2014
$3.99 US (eBook) $14.95 (print) $19.95 (Audiobook)
978-1502711625  ISBN-10: 1502711621   ASIN: B00MT79E0Y










TITLE: Homicide by Hamlet
Lois Lavrisa
Sunlake Press
February 12, 2016
$3.99 US (eBook) $14.95 (print) $14.95 (Audiobook)
978-1523938131 ISBN-10: 1523938137  ASIN: B019IVCPVI









TITLE: Cozy Mystery 3 Book Box Set
Lois Lavrisa
Sunlake Press
June 19, 2016
$6.99 US (eBook) 










TITLE:  Liquid Lies
Lois Lavrisa
Sunlake Press
November 23, 2013
$3.99 US (eBook) $14.95 (print) $19.95 (Audiobook)
978-1468154269  ISBN-10: 1468154265   ASIN: B007GQ10WS


Full Bio/Long Version

Lois Lavrisa, recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award, writes Mystery with a Twist. Her first mystery LIQUID LIES was an Amazon top 100 bestseller. Her cozy mystery series, THE CHUBBY CHICKS CLUB is about sassy southern sleuths, set in Savannah, Georgia. DYING FOR DINNER ROLLS, book #1, became an Amazon Kindle top 100 bestseller, and was a 2104 Georgia Author of the year Fiction novel nominee. DYING FOR DINNER ROLLS won a silver medal in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite award as well as a 2014 Georgia Author of the Year nominee. Book #2 MURDEROUS MUFFINS, a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year nominee and a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist. HOMICIDE BY HAMLET, book #3 a Readers’ Favorite winner and 2016 nominee for Georgia Author of the Year. The last two books in the series, KILLING WITH KINGS book #4 and PUZZLED BY PURPLE book #5 will be published in the near future.

Growing up on the south-side of Chicago provided her with an abundance of story ideas. Earning her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in journalism and Communication with minor in Public Relations-provided ample opportunity to get a ton of writing experience. After college she wrote training programs for a Fortune 500 Company and taught many years as an adjunct professor. Her 15 minutes of “fame” came when she was professional cheerleader for the NBA Chicago Bulls. On minute 16 she fell in love. She’s been married to her aerospace husband Tom for over 25 years and they have four children, two sons and two daughters. While juggling her packed schedule, she often daydreams about escaping to the beach with a glass (or two or three) of Riesling, great books, fantastic friends, and loads of laughter.

For the past decade she has been a member of several writing organizations including: Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Sisters in Crime (SINC) and Novelist, Inc (NINC)  She served as Vice President of the Low Country RWA (LRWA) and is a founding member of a local  Savannah Writers’ group. She’s written for local newspapers, a magazine and many newsletters.

Full Bio/Short Version

On my journey to becoming a writer, I have had many jobs, some paid, some not. The unpaid jobs began cleverly disguised as my being “a little helper.” I did household chores, which evolved, to lawn care specialist (grass cutter and weed puller.) Unpaid work was part and parcel of pulling my weight in my family. However, I did get a cool pair of Calvin Klein jeans and a pair of powder blue cat-eye prescription glasses- so there was that.

My paid jobs were just as diverse. Once upon a time I was a health club supervisor, a waitress, a babysitter, a fast food server, a retail worker, an insurance claims adjuster, an exercise instructor, an adjunct college professor, a cable TV regional trainer, an NBA professional cheerleader, freelance journalist, a model, and backstage security. Those are just the ones I can spout off the top of my head, and not necessarily in chronological order.

In addition to all of those disparate jobs, I have been a full-time dreamer. Always have and always will be. I live in my head. Yes, I have real-life friends. And yes, I have a tangible life complete with a husband, four children and pets. But now, through writing, I get to share the stories I imagine in my head with readers like you. I cannot thank you enough for that. I consider you part of my family. But I draw the line at scrubbing your bathroom or mowing your lawn. However, I could always be talked into joining you for a beer or an iced tea.


Savannah Morning News, GA: December 8, 2012

Savannah Morning News, GA: June 20, 2015

Shelburne News, VT: November 24, 2015

Letter to the Editor, Savannah Morning News,  GA:  August 14, 2016


Sample Interview Questions

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
What is the first book that made you cry?
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
What’s the best way to market your books?
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
How many hours a day do you write?
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
What did you edit out of this book?”
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?
How do you select the names of your characters?
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
What was your hardest scene to write?
Do you Google yourself?
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
What is your favorite childhood book?
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Does your family support your career as a writer?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Do you believe in writer’s block?



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