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Kate Carlisle

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Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award winning author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writin ...more

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Kate Carlisle OMG, wasn’t Malice fun??? (For those who don’t know, Malice Domestic is an annual conference for fans of traditional mystery. Authors and readers…moreOMG, wasn’t Malice fun??? (For those who don’t know, Malice Domestic is an annual conference for fans of traditional mystery. Authors and readers mingle. I had so many fan-girl moments, as well! I posted pictures on my Facebook page, if you want to see some of the terrific mystery authors I met.) It was so great to meet you, too, Stephanie! Congratulations again on winning the Malice Domestic award. I hope we'll keep in touch.

To your question… Becky Wainwright is wholly her own person, but aspects of her were inspired by many people in my life. Her nurturing and fun-loving sides were inspired by my own mother, whom I adored. My mother was more traditional than Becky, though. That said, I’m a child of the seventies, lived for a time on a commune, and spent pretty much my entire life in southern California. I know and respect lots of people who share Becky’s belief system. It’s been a fun challenge to create characters like Becky and Jim, to make them colorful but not cartoonish. I hear from readers all the time about how much they love Becky and Jim, which is truly gratifying.
Kate Carlisle Hi, Monica! Thanks for dropping by. I'm a lifelong lover of the book arts. Since I was a child, I've taken classes in bookbinding and papermaking and…moreHi, Monica! Thanks for dropping by. I'm a lifelong lover of the book arts. Since I was a child, I've taken classes in bookbinding and papermaking and everything related to the process of making books. I love books as objects, not just for the words and images on the pages. (As an aside, can I just say I do *not* understand the home decorating shows that put books on the shelves backwards so all you can see are the pages???? Wouldn't that drive you crazy, not knowing which book was which????)

I'm certainly not a pro, but I consider myself to be a serious amateur. It's more than a hobby for me; it's an avocation.

I've also been a traditional mystery fan ever since I first discovered Nancy Drew and Hercule Poirot. So the idea of writing a mystery series had great appeal to me, but I wanted my heroine to be in a nontraditional occupation, not a hard-boiled detective.

That's how I came up with the idea for Brooklyn Wainwright, world-class bookbinder and amateur sleuth. I've been delighted by reader reaction to the series, especially to the scenes that show Brooklyn at work, bringing classic books to their full potential. They're a lot of fun for me to write, and reader enthusiasm means the world to me.(less)
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For #MysteryWeek, my Ask the Author module is open! Come ask me anything.

The #1 Thing I Love about Mystery Readers

I love people who love books. Anyone who reads regularly is primo with me, no matter what kind of book they prefer. No judgments, it's all good!

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One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle
"n this installment, Brooklyn is asked to look at a book recently purchased by one of her clients who happens to the the head curator of the fictional Covington Library in San Francisco. But it turns out that the book he wants her to restore was a..." Read more of this review »
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I learned so many interesting things about Franklin from reading this book, and about the early days of our country. For example, for a long time, Franklin didn't want America to declare independence. He tried very diligently to get England to change ...more
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“Men were good for one thing only. Killing spiders. Other than that, I was on my own. It was sad though. Where was the chivalry of yesteryear?”
Kate Carlisle, Homicide in Hardcover

“If my life were a book, I would have masking tape holding my hinges together. My pages would be loose, my edges tattered and my boards exposed, the front flyleaf torn and the leather mottled and moth-eaten. I'd have to take myself apart and put myself back together, as any good book restoration expert would do.”
Kate Carlisle, If Books Could Kill

“Well, that was embarrassing. There was nothing wrong with talking to the voices in my head--unless everyone else was listening in.”
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