A Buzz about Campus: The Oak Grove Chronicles: Book 1

Without gratuitous gore and steamy sex, A Buzz About Campus is a captivating mystery. In the fictional California county of Oak Grove, the university’s provost dies in his office, the victim of an apparent heart attack. But the autopsy reveals that he was murdered–by a means most diabolical.

 

The unusual crime is investigated by Alan Bluestein, Senior Detective in the sheriff’s department, and Professor Laura Mancini, a forensic archaeologist at the university. Bluestein and Mancini enjoy an evolving relationship based on mutual trust and respect even though lust simmers just below the surface. Insights into faculty life and pokes at administrators will amuse readers familiar with universities. Taking unexpected twists and turns, the quest to identify the killer is a warmhearted blend of silly and serious that will intrigue and delight the reader.

 

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About the Author -Born in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, Annette’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was one year old. She had what she considered to be a very typical life in a household with a father who worked at the family dry cleaning business, an at-home mom (from whom Annette gets her silly side and somewhat warped imagination). Annette considered her life to be ordinary until she met the love of her life, Michael Brian Schiffer, at the ripe old age of 17. They got married during their senior year at UCLA, graduated, and continued on what has been a life-long adventure together. After Michael finished graduate school at the University of Arizona, they lived for two years in Fayetteville, Arkansas and spent almost 40 years in Tucson, Arizona where Mike was a professor at the U of A. They retired to Alexandria, Virginia.

Follow Annette and Michael on Facebook (Boulangerie Press), their web page, www.boulangeriepress.com, Instagram, boulangeriepress and Twitter, @MichaelBrianSc1.

Interview –

A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?

I (Mike) tend to be an introvert, but I wouldn’t consider myself socially inept.  I’m friendly, but am also content to spend hour after alone writing or making pottery.
Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

I (Mike) detest books that that are not grammatical.  I think poor grammar detracts from content, and so I may border on being a grammar stickler.  Nazi is a term overused, which tends to perpetuate ignorance about the enormity of Third Reich horrors.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I (Mike) do not suffer from author envy.  I’ve read many books that I have enjoyed immensely, but I do not wish I had written any of them because they were in another author’s style.  I’ve cultivated my own style.
What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

Cozy mysteries, our genre, contain believable characters and somewhat believable plots.  Writing them is special because it requires intellectual acrobatics to get all the plot elements to fit together into a coherent narrative.  We enjoy meeting the challenges in book after book.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

I(Mike) rely on research extensively to gain credibility.  I also believe that describing a place or event as specifically as possible improves the reader’s mental visualization.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Mike:  In my long history of writing fiction and nonfiction (almost 50 years and more than 15 books), I have used everything above except dictation.  These days my preferred writing technology is computer, but I have no hesitation writing in longhand.  In fact, I just wrote half a book that way while were staying in Seville, Spain.
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