As a mystery author of books set in Mexico, I have been lucky enough to build a great network of friends with books. Mystery readers love following along with the Detective Emilia Cruz series and the troubled relationship between Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz and hotel manager Kurt Rucker.
Other readers are drawn by Mexico’s mystique. I’m in good company when it comes to writing about Mexico. We hang out at the Mexico Writers Facebook group which includes novelists, non-fiction writers, and bloggers. Mexico is our common theme.
Friends With Books is a series of conversations with members of the Mexico Writers group. Each conversation has a few surprises about Mexican #culture and #protips about the writing process. Today’s conversation is with Jinx Schwartz, author of the Hetta Coffey mystery series as well as TROUBLED SEA, an adventure tale set in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. If you love yachts, humor, and Texas, chances are you have read one of Jinx’s popular books.
On real life
Tell us a bit about your family. Texans. What else do I need to say?
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? If I fear it, I kill it off in a book. Works every time. Except for the dentist; they are the undead.
What scares you the most? Anything medical.
What makes you happiest? Being with my husband.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? Landing my husband. I was 45 and single. He fought the good fight, but we’ve had a great life together.
What’s your greatest character strength? Hmmmm. My husband says I am generous to a fault, so that must be it.
What’s your weakest character trait? Why do you think I have one? Have you been spying on me? And no, I am NOT paranoid.
On writing and reading
Why do you write? I like to tell tales. Some say I have a loose hold on the truth, so why not use it?
Have you always enjoyed writing? Nope, but always loved reading.
What writing are you most proud of? I guess the Hetta Coffey series, because I get feedback that the books actually make people laugh when they need a good laugh.
What books did you love growing up? I grew up in places like Haiti and Thailand, so I read anything I could get my hands on, age appropriate or not.
Who is your favorite author? Well, me, of course:-)
What book genre of books do you adore? Action/adventure, mystery.
What book should everybody read at least once? The Bible. Lots of good stories there.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you? Not sure about the obit, but tombstone: “That’s all she wrote.”
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