Get to Know Barbara Venkataraman – Author of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series

Welcome to Mystery Thriller Week! Today kicks off the celebration on the website, so click on over to learn more – after you meet my guest! I’m kicking off the celebration here on my blog with author Barbara Venkataraman and a fun Getting to Know You interview. Before we get to that, here’s a look at Barbara’s series:

Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

“Death by Didgeridoo”-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

“The Case of the Killer Divorce”-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

“Peril in the Park”-There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

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About the Author

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman, is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of: The Jamie Quinn mysteries; “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”, “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the prestigious “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Coming soon, “Jeopardy in July”–the next Jamie Quinn mystery!

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Getting to Know You Interview with Author Barbara Venkataraman

What inspires you?

Creative people inspire me! How I love to be around when creative sparks are flying! It makes me want to set the world on fire, figuratively speaking, lol! My son just sent me a quote, which now hangs over my desk: You have as many hours in a day as Lin-Manuel Miranda does. If that doesn’t get me to stay off Facebook, I don’t know what will.

Do you believe in destiny?

What an interesting philosophical question! If I believed in destiny, would that mean I didn’t believe in free will? The truth is I don’t believe in destiny, but I do believe in serendipity, happy accidents that seem like they were meant to be. We often marvel at the random chain of events that lead us to good fortune without realizing our own role in it. It’s not the karma we send out into the universe, it’s that we opened our minds to opportunities. We make our own luck and then mistakenly credit destiny or a higher power. Take it from me, you’re great and you should own it!

If you could go back to any place and time in history, where would you go and why?

Yesterday, since I can’t remember what I did.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Finishing writing my latest book. It’s quite satisfying—or it will be when it happens!

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Playing beauty parlor with my three sisters in my grandmother’s garage. She used to be a beautician and when she closed her shop she set up her garage so she could still do her friends’ hair. There were big, shiny hair dryers that looked like alien probes where you sat until your hair was done, loads of curlers of all sizes, different colored clips, and a thousand gee-gaws to play with. Unfortunately, I had to take the good with the bad because I hated the haircuts my grandmother gave me. Yikes! I need to burn those photos.

A weekend camping in the woods or in a luxury hotel with a spa?

I love to commune with nature, but I don’t like to sleep there, I mean, what if I swallowed a bug? When I was younger, I used to make fun of my mom for saying “If I can’t be as comfortable as I am in my own bed, why should I go anywhere?” Now, I totally understand.

What book(s) have most influenced you?

There are too many to name but being from South Florida I am a big fan of humor writer Dave Barry and mystery writer Carl Hiaasen. I also loved the humor of Erma Bombeck. I think the three of them had the most influence on my writing.

What is your favorite cartoon character?

Bugs Bunny. He always solves the problem and nothing fazes him. And I love his sense of humor!

Are you a morning or night person?

Like my protagonist Jamie Quinn, I am a night owl/insomniac. There is something delicious about knowing everyone else in the house is asleep. It’s my time to play, it’s mine, mine, mine–lol!

If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Only one? But I have such a long list…okay, here it is. I’d make myself focus on one thing at a time and stop being so easily distracted. And see? I finished this interview, so I must be making progress.