According to her bio, Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her fascination with mysteries was fueled by Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie. She has two different mystery series, one of which is the Paws and Claws Mysteries. For this interview, she discussed the story behind her latest release, Mission Impawsible.
Love at first sight
Like many cozy mystery writers, Davis doesn’t feel she’s addressing an issue in Mission Impawsible. However, she did say, “It involves a matchmaking event. I started wondering what attracts people to each other. Turns out some very interesting things happen when we meet a potential mate—we’re not talking one-night-stands here. For instance, most people know in seconds whether a person is right for them, which certainly gives credence to love at first sight.”
How can a life-changing decision be made in an almost mindless manner? Davis said it’s not. “Although it seems like such a quick assessment must be based on appearance, it’s far more complicated than that. While we don’t sniff each other like our dogs do, we’re also making judgements based on the scent of the other person! I had fun incorporating some of the details about the science of attraction.”
A matchmaking festival?
“There’s an annual matchmaking festival in Ireland,” Davis said. “It seemed like the kind of thing that might take place in Wagtail, except with dogs and cats. After all, if your fluffy friend is important to you, you’ll want to find a partner who feels the same way. They eliminate the need for a sleazy come-on line because everyone likes to talk about Fido and Fluffy. It’s a much more natural way to meet people.
“Apparently, I was on the right track when I thought dogs and cats would help break the ice. There’s actually an app, Kloof.com, to help you meet at the dog park! They did a survey to find out which breeds attract men and women.”
The scent of attraction
Can we really be so shallow as to be attracted to a potential mate based on the type of dog they own? Apparently so, because Davis found the proof. “Men are most attracted by women with Golden Retrievers. Women are most attracted by men with German Shepherds.”
Besides researching human mating behaviors, Twisty Kristy (as her editor calls her due to her love of a complex plot), Davis once went to a haunted sanatorium to perform research. Alas, she had no great stories to share about the trip, but she had another comparison of human and dog behavior. She said, “Women are attracted to men who smell like their fathers. Also, women are attracted, by scent, to men who have different immune systems than their own! Who knew we were so smart?”
Who’s the boss?
Davis said she’s bossed around by three dogs and two cats. She likes to watch their antics and incorporate the behavior into her books. She said the following story may make it into a book someday.
“On several occasions, my Golden Retriever has come into the family room to find her favorite love seat occupied by another dog. She stops and stares. I can almost hear the wheels turning in her brain. She runs to the door and barks. Invariably, the dog in the love seat jumps up and joins her. When I open the door, that dog runs outside to see what’s going on. My sneaky Golden turns back and settles comfortably in the vacated love seat.
“It’s a little bit diabolical for a sweet Golden Retriever, but she clearly has to think that through. No one ever trained her to trick the other dogs!”
Book & a Latte Contest
What: This month, Krista is giving away two soft cover copies of “Mission Impawsible” and I’m adding two $5.00 Starbucks gift cards. Two random entries will be chosen as winners. Each winner will receive a book and a gift card.
How to enter: Choose one or more of the options below. Each option gives you an additional chance to win.
Who can enter: This contest is only open to continental US residents over 18 years of age.
Winners: Selected winners must claim prizes within 72 hours of notification. Verification of entries: All winning entries are subject to verification.