Q&A with Ellen Crosby

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Get to know Festival speaker Ellen Crosby, author of The Vineyard Victims

What is your favorite aspect of participating in book festivals?

My favorite part of attending book festivals is meeting so many amazing authors and, as an author myself, connecting with fans.

Which other speakers are you excited to see or hoping to meet at the Festival?

I’m always excited about Crime Wave—which is an opportunity to connect with author friends in the mystery community and also to meet and chat with other authors I’ve not yet met. I’m especially excited this year to be moderating the Friday Night Noir program, where I’ll be talking to three authors who write terrific books: Attica Locke, Amy Stewart, and Lyndsay Faye.

Which part of your book are you most proud of?

Honestly, I’m proud of every part of my book—I try to make my stories so compelling that grumpy readers will email me to let me know they stayed up way past their bedtime the night before because they couldn’t put the book down. It’s the best compliment an author could receive. That said, I also believe you have to have a dynamite opening sentence to kick-off your story—because, really, when you open a book in a bookstore or at the library, what’s the first thing you read as you’re deciding whether you want to buy it or check it out?

What are you working on next?

I just finished Harvest of Secrets, the ninth book in the Virginia wine country mystery series, which will be out November 6 from Minotaur Books. And I’m about to start writing book 10, which currently goes by the catchy title “Book 10.”

In the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book, Ellen Crosby will participate in Crime Wave: Caught Up in Murder on Saturday, March 24, and will moderate Friday Night Noir: Lyndsay Faye, Attica Locke and Amy Stewart on Friday, March 23.