Sunday, May 18, 2014

Getting to know Jessie Hewitt

I’m pleased to have Jessie Hewitt, the main character in Cindy Blackburn’s Cue Ball Mystery Series, visiting with us today. I love the series and I’m sure you will too!
Patricia: Jessie, what’s your occupation and how did you come to choose it?
Jessie: People tell me I choose interesting jobs. Back in my younger days I made a living as a pool shark. But somewhere along the line, I got old. How did that happen? I still love a good game of eight ball, but nowadays I make my living writing steamy romance novels. Why? My mother. Mother’s always been a huge romance fan, so when I decided to try writing, she asked me to try romance writing. It worked! Mother loves my books!
Patricia: What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?
Jessie: I shoot pool, of course! It helps me unwind, it helps me think, it helps me, period! My favorite place to play is my friendly neighborhood bar The Stone Fountain. My friends Candy and Karen usually join me, and my favorite pool-playing buddy is Kirby Cox. Bless his heart, Kirby can’t play to save his life, but he’s so enthusiastic.  Oh, and now my cat Snowflake is scolding me. She reminds me my other favorite way to unwind is to play with her.
Patricia: What are your favorite TV shows and/or movies? What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
Jessie: I don’t watch much TV. I have a seriously outdated twelve-inch black and white. But I do love music—good old fashioned rock and roll. You know, The Beatles, The Stones, the Doors, The Who. You get the picture. Luckily that’s what they play over at The Stone Fountain!
Patricia: Are you married or involved in a serious relationship? Tell us about that.
Jessie: Must I talk about Wilson Rye? Okay, okay. My beau the cop and I keep getting more and more serious. Of course we also drive each other nuts. More and more. I’d suggest you read The Cue Ball Mysteries for the lowdown on my love life. FOUR PLAY, the fourth Cue Ball Mystery might have some surprises in the Jessie’s love life category.
Patricia: What’s your favorite color and why?
Jessie: Yellow. I love yellow flowers especially. You’ll find many of them in my rooftop garden—marigolds, hibiscus, daisies. And all the brick walls in my condo are covered with paintings of yellow flowers. Why yellow? Why not! It’s cheery!
Patricia: Do you like to travel? If so, what are some of your favorite places to go and/or what was your favorite vacation? Have any of your travels involved solving a mystery?
Jessie: Wilson and I went to Hawaii not too long ago. What a fantastic place! You can read about our trip, and the murder we solved while we were there in THREE ODD BALLS! And I have another trip planned real soon. In FIVE SPOT Wilson and I are going to travel to the world’s largest romance writers conference. Can’t wait to see all my friends and colleagues, but why do I know Wilson and I will find a new murder that need solving?

Cindy Blackburn has a confession to make—she does not play pool. But that pesky detail didn’t stop her from writing the Cue Ball Mysteries, starring Jessie Hewitt, pool shark extraordinaire. Four books and counting, Cindy loves giving Jessie trouble, both in and out of the pool room. A native Vermonter who hates cold weather, Cindy divides her time between south and north. During colder months you'll find her in South Carolina, but come summer she'll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. When Cindy isn't writing she likes taking long walks with her cute hubby John or cuddling with her cute cat Betty. Cindy’s favorite travel destinations are all in Europe, her favorite TV show is NCIS, and her favorite color is orange. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans. Oh! And Cindy’s working on a new series. Please look for Unbelievable, the first Cassie Baxter Mystery, coming this summer!

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