Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn is the second in her Grime Pays mystery series. A former corporate trainer, Tricia has traded in her bullet points for the chance to make things up. She likes to write books in which women control their own destiny.
Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn from the headlines
“In Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn, Cece is wavering to find solid footing after a failed marriage. Instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for herself, she starts her own business,” Tricia said. “Parts of this story were from a newspaper headline I read a long time ago. I had clipped the headline and filed it away. When I started looking for ideas, I pulled this one out of the folder and it resonated with what Cece might run across in building her new business while doing a favor for an old friend.”
Living life for fun
Tricia said no one knows how many days they have left on this planet, which is why she’s committed to using hers wisely. “I’m having the most fun I can. If that means I have to put something aside to take trip, then I’ll do it. I love to travel. I love to take photos, and I love to write. Not necessarily in that order. If I can do them at the same time, then I’m the winner.”
She added that the friends she’s made during the process of writing is the most rewarding. “I have at least a dozen or so very good friends who are writers and many, many more who have touched my life in some way or another, and the thing they all have in common is that I would not have met them had it not been for writing this book.
“I also write about friendships in my book and explore the friendship of longtime friends, like Cece and Angie, and friends we’ve grown distant from, but who still fill our hearts with good memories like Carla. And there’s also the new friendships that bloom when unlikely women share a common goal which eventually leads to friendship—like Cece and Nancy. There’s also some one-sided male/female relationships in the book like Cece and Grant Hunter. She’s attracted to him as a friend, but he is obviously looking for a deeper connection.”
One of the things Tricia did for fun, but has now decided must make its way into a future book was riding in a hot air balloon. “I will definitely use that experience in a story. I look forward to Cece and Detective Alder taking a hot air balloon ride. I’m sure there will be a blip though, and it won’t all be fun and games.”