- What do you do to unwind and relax?
There are a few things I love to do to relax. Baking is one of those things. I love reading and it’s a great way to unwind in the evening. I also enjoy exercising. Not only is it a great stress reliever, it helps clear my mind and makes it easier to come up with ideas whether I’m starting a new project or stuck in the middle of a current book.
- Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Determined. Loyal. Curious. Creative.
- What inspired you to write this book?
My interest in cold cases and podcasts.
- How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I had an idea of Hope getting caught up in an unsolved mystery. It seemed natural to include a podcast into the story.
- Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
No. There might be some traits that I borrowed from some real-life people that I assign to characters but pretty much all the characters are made up. They're not based on any one person.
- What book do you think everyone should read?
Great question. One of the most intriguing books I’ve read is Rebecca. I highly recommend that book.
- Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
- Pen or typewriter or computer?
Pen and computer. A lot of brainstorming story ideas before I outline is done by hand, usually on a legal pad. Then I move to my computer for the rest of the writing process.
- The advice you would give new authors?
Keep learning the craft, keep writing, and enjoy the process.
on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is
teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson,
Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a
true-crime one called Search
for the Missing, hosted
by Hope's childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on
Valentine's Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon's mom disappeared and
was never found. Finally, Devon has returned to solve the mystery of
what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon's apartment has been ransacked. Her
laptop with the research on her mother's cold case is missing, and
Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend's body is later
discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it's no accident.
Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it's up to Hope to find
the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next
subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the
Resale Boutique mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a
range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest
in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a
backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys
cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly
taking photographs of her food. Yeah,
she’s that person.
Born and raised in New
York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family.
She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her
writing companion is her slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Connie.