Lori Avocato

Lori Avocato
A Dose of Murder

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
May 13, 2006

Q.    Who is Lori Avocato?

A.    That gorgeous, famous author...oh, you're serious. Okay, Lori is a mom, author, nurse, very organized person and has a good sense of humor.

Q.    How did you come about the ideal to write the novel A Dose of Murder?

A.   I'd had nine romantic comedies done and read a humorous mystery that I just loved. That's when I had my "ah ha" moment and decided to switch genres.

Q.    How did you come about the title?

A.   The marketing folks at Avon in all their infinite wisdom came up with it. I think it's perfect!

Q.    How did you come about Pauline Sokol's name?

A.    That's my grandmother's name. She died at the age of 93 on her birthday and A Dose of Murder came out on that date too!

Q.    How did you come about Pauline's character?

A.    She's very much like me. I wanted to do a Polish heroine who was smart, savvy, kick-ass and looked decent.

Q.    How did you come about Pauline's occupations (nurse/private investigator)?

A.   I'm a nurse who no longer works in nursing. I live near Hartford, CT so insurance came to mind. There is oodles of medical insurance fraud out there so my plots are almost written for me.

Q.    How did you come about Goldie's and Jagger's characters?

A.   Hm, they were hidden in my subconscious. I wanted a mysterious guy who could teach Pauline the ropes and he's even mysterious to me. I don't know anymore about him than the reader does. I love that! Darling Goldie. What could I say about Goldie other than he is one of my most enduring and favorite characters who I'd love to meet in person (which brings me to Johnny Depp needs to play Goldie in a movie so I can see him come to life. Goldie. Not Johnny.)

Q.    How long have you been writing?

A.   Ten years with summers not so much while my kids were younger.

Q.    How many books have you written?

A.   Witten about 18. Published 15

Q.    Would you give the readers a brief description of the book you have coming out this month

A.   Sure. Here's the promo blurb:

Book A Cruise to Paradise!

Enjoy an incredible escape from everyday life with extraordinary views, first-class dining, deluxe accommodations, and no more than one corpse per stateroom.

The ship sails on April 25, 2006, so reserve in advance.

When fraud investigator Pauline Sokol discovers that her next case requires snooping on a giant cruise ship miles away from dry land and safety, she tries to squelch her feelings of unease. For a nice Polish girl who has never been out of New England, cruising in the Bermuda triangle isn't Pauline's idea of a good time. And to add to her distress, she finds a dead body in her quarters. Now Pauline must juggle her duties as a cruise ship nurse with her new role of ship snoop. And when a fellow nurse goes missing, only hunky fellow investigator Jagger can help Pauline sort out the mystery before more bodies start piling up.including her own!

Dive into DEEP SEA DEAD for the ultimate mystery on the high seas!

Lori Avocato------www.LoriAvocato.com
A DOSE OF MURDER -- Oct. 2004
DEEP SEA DEAD--April 2006