Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m short and sweet. My husband is a big biker dude. I ride with him and pretend I’m in a gang, but nobody ever believes me even though I lost my hair from chemo at the beginning of the year and look kinda tough now. Besides write and ride, I also teach yoga and work for an airline so I can fly for free. My youngest of three kids is a senior in high school, which makes us almost empty nesters, and we are really enjoying our midlife crises.
What is your book about? A Caffeine Conundrum is the first in my CaFUNated Mysteries, and it’s set at Christmas, which is why I’m telling you about it instead of my newer books, but of course you’ll want to read them too. They all have the danger of suspense, the chemistry of romance, the addiction of coffee, and the jokes that make it fun instead of scary when someone dies. (Think of the TV show Psych.) Oh, book one also has a character named after the one and only Jennifer Pierce.
Why did you write it? Because I love danger, chemistry, addiction, and jokes. And also Christmas. Actually, after a producer optioned another one of my Christmas novels (Finding Love in Big Sky), I wanted to get more books optioned, and I knew she was looking for a mystery set in a coffee shop. She hasn’t optioned this one yet though, so you don’t have the excuse of waiting for the movie and are going to have to read it.
If you had a pet unicorn, what color would it be and what would you name it? The name and color don’t matter as long as it eats rainbows and poops butterflies.
Where can we find you online? My website is www.angelaruthstrong.com. I’m ashamed to tell you how much I hang out on Facebook, but you can see for yourself here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557213161269220
Weirdest thing you've done in the name of research. I had my friends lock me in the trunk of a car once. https://www.facebook.com/angela.r.strong/videos/10156743291882806
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you want to play your Hero and Heroine? Can we get in a time machine and bring back young Harrison Ford? Is that allowed while we’re dreaming here? I mean, if you want me to talk about a pet unicorn, I feel like time machines are also an option.
Do you write in different genres? If so, what genres? Yes. I’ve written a children’s series. (The Snowball Fight Professional is a perfect stocking stuffer.) I’ve written suspense for Love Inspired Suspense. My Resort to Love Series is romance, and it includes my book optioned for film. Plus, coming out in July 2021, Husband Auditions will be my first romantic comedy.
Fun fact about the book/character. The murder weapon is coffee. I didn’t make that up. It really put my husband’s friend in the hospital. After he survived, we had a good laugh, and I knew his story had to go in a novel.
Bible verse: Psalm 102:18 is tattooed on the wrist of my writing hand.
Book: The Scarlet Pimpernel. I assume you mean fiction, though it’s tied with the Bible for how many times I’ve read it.
Cartoon: Inspector Gadget. Which is a good indicator of what you’ll find in A Caffeine Conundrum.
Cereal: Homemade granola
Movie The Count of Monte Cristo
Song: When I finished chemo, I got to ring a bell, and I rang it to I’m Still Standing by Elton John. https://www.facebook.com/angela.r.strong/videos/10158508732007806 Elton John didn’t actually write it. The man who wrote it goes to church with my friends in California. I’m hoping to visit and meet him one day.