1 - What's your latest?
Shelia Connelly: Red Delicious Death, #3 in the Orchard Mystery series, came out March 2.
2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?
Shelia Connelly: The Orchard Series focuses on a woman who was forced out of her Boston banking job and finds herself saddled with a creaky colonial farmhouse and an orchard she knows nothing about--plus the body of her ex-boyfriend in her back yard. She's learning fast, if only those bodies would stop showing up to complicate her life.
3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?
Shelia Connelly: That it's fun to throw unexpected things (like bodies--plural) at my heroine Meg Corey to see how she reacts. Why make her life easy?
4 - What's your favorite scene and why?
Shelia Connelly: Only one? I'm fond of the final scene in Rotten to the Core (August 2009), when Meg and her maybe-current-boyfriend come home, having solved the most recent murder and wrapped up all the loose ends nicely with an excellent dinner, hoping for...well, you can guess--and they are surprised to find her mother waiting on the doorstep.
5 - What's next?
Shelia Connelly: A new series from Berkley Prime Crime, about a fundraiser who works in a Philadelphia museum (she finds not only a body but a multi-million-dollar theft--and you thought fundraisers led boring lives). Look for the Museum Series in Fall 2010.