The books shown on the left are by Tina Czarnota. Click on the cover to order.

Nancy Eaton did this interview with
author Tina Czarnota on August 27, 2008.

I read that your first book, Country Inn, Dead and Breakfast has been adapted for a
screenplay. Did it take you longer to write the book or the screenplay?

Yes, as well as Deadwaiter. Both took about a year each.

It is very obvious that you are interested in anything that deals with "bed and breakfast". How did this interest come about?

In these modern times, mankind seems to be evolving toward a totally High Tech world, leaving behind simple pleasures...which often are the best. B&B inns have a wonderful way of saving some of these treasures for present and future generations by carving out a cozy niche to escape to and to enjoy. Like a curling up with a good book, a coffee or tea with friends. Walks with a loved one. A great movie. Simple pleasures that cannot be beat. Country inns and B&B's often embrace the old and the new, leaving neither behind as there are inns that are modern and those that preserve the tried and true. There's a B&B, inn for everyone.

How did you come up with the idea of writing "Deadwaiter"?

I love mysteries that include secret passages, hidden panels, dark compartments. And because I couldn't get enough of The Tudor Gorve Inn and her occupants, well, I came up with more mystery. Deadwaiter is the result.

Are any of the characters in your new book "Deadwaiter" based on anyone you know?


Are there plans for a third book in your future?

I started one but got sidetracked by the third screenplay in the series. It is titled, Deadly Act. I hope to return to writing the third book.

Is there anyone, in particular, who influenced you?

Nancy Drew. I thought she was the coolest. Agatha Christie, Mary Robert Rinehart. Black and white mystery movies that I grew up on.

What is your favorite mystery movie?

From childhood I'd say House On Haunted Hill. More recently, Gosford Park. These times are lacking, riveting, true mystery movies. Hope the filmmakers start cranking out some new material.

I love "cozy" mysteries. What is YOUR definition of a cozy mystery?

Low violence. Lots of clues and suspects to follow about a story. Great plotting. My favorite usually involve old mansions and estates.

Have you ever attended a mystery convention?

No, but I'd love to.

Do you have any specific advice for anyone interested in a writing career?

Stay at it. If you quit, that's it. Hang with real writers. Be inspired and helped by them. Be sure to share your new found knowledge.

Some authors read reviews of their books � others do not. How about you?

I do. Here and there. It allows me to know if I'm doing something right. If I'm not, I can fix these things. I also believe,that a writer knows if they are hitting their mark. Hearing about it from another source confirms it one way or the other.

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to the readers?

I hope you enjoy Deadwaiter and I appreciate your keeping the whodunit genre alive. If you love cozies, turn others on to them. After all, why should we be the only ones having all the fun. Thank you.