Welcome back to Mysterious Writers, Jinx. Tell us about Hetta Coffey and your latest release in the series.
Thanks, Jean for inviting me today to share two new releases in the Hetta Coffey series: Book 5 in the award-winning Hetta Coffey series, JUST THE PITS, and a boxed set collection of the first four book in the series.
Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she's not afraid to use it!
Hetta was inspired by my own experiences when, in my mid-forties and still single, I decided I needed a lifestyle change. And like Hetta, I was in the engineering/construction field and had traveled widely throughout my life for both work and pleasure.
Selling my lovingly restored, three-story 1906 home in the Oakland hills, I bought a forty-two foot motor yacht—even though I'd never even owned so much as a row boat—and moved aboard. My friends and family thought I'd finally gone round the bend, and I'd been on a curve for quite some time.
Okay, this was probably not the smartest (but in truth, not the dumbest) move I'd ever made, but that boat changed my life.
Like the protagonist in my mystery series, Hetta Coffey, I was a woman with a yacht—and not afraid to use it—when I met my husband, Mad Dog Schwartz, at a Bay Area yacht club. After tying the knot, we opted to become cash-poor cruisers rather than continue chasing the rat. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, hooked a left, and headed for Mexico. Again, our friends and relatives thought we were nuts to give up lucrative careers to follow a dream, but we would not trade those years in the Sea of Cortez for all the BMW's in California. We still spend several months a year aboard High Jinx in the Sea.
As for my writing career, it began with a bunch of family documents about my family in Texas. I knew I was a ninth-generation Texan, but not that some of the people in the history books I'd had in school were actually my ancestors. That research culminated in the writing of my first book, The Texicans, and the rest, as they say is history. I just finished my eighth novel and have zeroed in on the series. And yes, I do plan to write another. Someone, please stop me!
Just the Pits, 5th in the series, finds Hetta Coffey in the Baja, living aboard her boat and working on a project where people and pesos are disappearing faster than you can say, "Hetta's at it again." But Hetta Coffey as sleuth? Goodness knows she's nosy enough, but her detective skills leave a lot to be desired. Lucky for her she gets help from her best friend, Jan, and a mysterious Velveeta thief.
In anticipation of this new release, I made the first four books available in a boxed set so readers can easily pack their e-readers with the entire series and take Hetta on vacation with them. The Hetta Coffey collection, books 1-5 and all other books can be found at http://amzn.to/o0gXOy
You can learn more about Jinx Schwartz at the following sites:
Twitter handle @jinxschwartz
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