Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon – Author Interview + Giveaway

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SHARDS OF MURDERShards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon
A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #2

When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind…

As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor.

But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far…

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Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much for visiting Brooke Blogs today.

1) What does your writing space look like?

I’m so lucky to have my own writing shed. It was Husband’s wood working shed that he emptied, painted white and added shelves. I moved in before the paint was dry.

2) What inspired Shards of Murder, and your Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series?

The setting for Shards of Murder was inspired by a local annual juried art festival that is held at waterfront park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. My series is based on a real business, Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics, located along Central Avenue. Husband and I have been friends and students of the owners since Eloyne and Bradley opened the store nearly ten years ago.

3) If you could have dinner with any of your characters, who would you choose and why?

I would have dinner with Savannah Webb in a heartbeat. She’s a brave young woman struggling to step into adult responsibilities without the steadying influence of her parents.

4) If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would you write from and why?

Luckily, I can write anywhere although I love my little shed the best. My choice would be a rooftop flat in Clifton Village, Bristol, England. I would prefer a view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. I lived there for three years and we have friends who we would meet for dinner each evening in one of the many pubs.

5) What is the best part of being an author?

Meeting readers is the best part of being an author. People who enjoy getting lost in a book make the perfect conversationalists.

6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

No real quirks. I like to get my writing finished early in the morning. At that time, the words seem to flow from my flying fingers. Later in the day, I must hunt those words down with a club and then stab them to the page. It’s mornings for me!

7) Do you have any writing assistants (aka, furry friends)?

No permanent fur babies are in residence — we travel too much. However, Husband and I are the designated home stay choice for our children’s pets when they vacation. So, sometimes, I have company for my writing sprints.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Husband and I have a small glass studio behind the house and we make fused glass gifts for friends and family. I can usually be found at my workbench working on a stained glass lamp or making fused glass jewelry. I am also a frequent visitor to the many local museums in downtown St. Petersburg. I have a visit to the Dali Museum scheduled with my BFF for next weekend.

9) Describe Shards of Murder in 140 characters or less (Twitter style!):

Festival judge Savannah Webb finds the body of the Best of Show winner. She must clear herself as prime suspect for this killer competition.

10) Lastly, what are you working on right now?

I am working on the final revisions for the next book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series, Cracked to Death, scheduled for release on June 28, 2016, and available for pre-order at all your favorite places.

Thank you very much for stopping by Brooke Blogs! Wishing you lots of success with Shards of Murder.

About the Author

CHERYL HOLLENCheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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