First I want to thank Donna Drejza for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how comedic she can be.
1. What is your writing process?
Chaotic. Scenes come into my head, like I’m watching a movie of my characters. Then I pass the microphone around and let them speak. I write it down as fast as I can. Then I end up with a big crazy party that needs lots of editing.
2. Who are your largest author influences?
Vladimir Nabokov, Roald Dahl, John Irving, Helen Fielding.
3. What is your favorite book?
Bridget Jones’ Diary. I remember I couldn’t stop reading it – well, only to refill my wine glass.
4. What is your latest news?
I’ve just finished a British TV script called The Playboy, the Poet and the Spy. It’s about an American writer who flies to London to find her soul mate and gets in big trouble.
5. What are the five things people do not know about you?
1. Many are shocked to know I worked at the CIA; yes, they hired a blabber mouth like me!
2. I have a degree in Computer Science – yet have trouble changing a vacuum cleaner bag.
3. I have Synesthesia. This means I mix up my senses. Numbers have colors, voices have flavors. This is great for a writer. Would be bad for an accountant. Nabokov had it.
4. I’m 1/3 psychic. I get snapshots of the future. Trouble is there is no date on them, so I can’t tell if it’s a week away or 7 years away.
5. I’m part American Indian. Not enough to run a casino. I think you have to be ¼ for that.
6. What genre do you write?
Funny Murder Mysteries. Is that a genre?
7. What is your most recent book Palm Beach Busybodies about?
A hapless woman, (me) and her gay best friend and her tipsy pug move to Palm Beach to find love and luck and end up finding a dead socialite. It’s a comedy.
8. How do you come up with characters for Palm Beach Busybodies?
Some are an amalgamation of friends (Kevin) some are fantasy men (Graham, the sexy British Yacht Captain); most just come to me – like Irene, who designs Pug hats and teaches water aerobics to poodles. I don’t know anyone like that.
9. Who are your favorite characters in Palm Beach Busybodies and Why?
I love them all! The zany Irene; The fearless elder Esther Weinstein, The soulful Richard; I’ve enjoyed writing about Graham, especially the sex scenes. Had to have a cigarette afterwards, and I don’t even smoke.
10. Is there a message behind Palm Beach Busybodies?
Eat, drink and be merry!
11. How many books do you read a year?
I have 5 books on the night stand – unfinished. Whenever I start to write, I read a few lines of great writing to get in a writerly mood.
12. What is the last book you read?
To Love a Stranger coming out soon, by John Michael Wilde. Excellent writing.
13. What is the hardest part in writing Palm Beach Busybodies?
Having to sample all that food, drink all that champagne, imagine all that sex. Just kidding. It was the damned re-writes. Having to imagine all that sex all over again!
14. What did you enjoy about writing Palm Beach Busybodies?
I love being with my characters. I can get them to do what ever I want. That’s difficult with real people.
15. How long did it take for you to Palm Beach Busybodies?
The first draft took only 2 months. The next 30 drafts took 4 years.
16. Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing?
I have no children – that I know of. I used to have 2 pugs. Stella and Ursula. Ursula was of course a major inspiration for this book. No one could have made up a pug gone wrong like her.
17. Have you traveled for your book, if so where?
I spent many winters in Palm Beach working on this book. I just returned from 4 months in Lugano, Switzerland where I worked on my upcoming novel – the basis for The Playboy, the Poet and the Spy.
18. What are your next writing projects?
19. How can fans reach you directly?
The website: DonnaDrejza.com
Tagline: An uncommon murder mystery with humor, and romance!
Palm Beach Busybodies is a fast and comedic read. The author Donna Drejza has developed a zany cast of characters who get themselves into hilarious predicaments. It is extremely entertaining with a side of mystery. The pug is among one of the most amusing characters in Palm Beach Busybodies. The book is also provocative, and is filled with steamy scenes. I recommend this book for anyone who likes murder mystery with an enormous dose of humor.
MORE REVIEWS ON “PALM BEACH BUSYBODIES”
“Amazingly funny and well written. Fast-paced story, easy and addictive to read. Uproarious cast of characters. Deliciously riotous… Move over, Miss Marple, Emma, Kevin and Ursula will take over… Every page made me want to read more. Very entertaining and much fun to read. I hope there will be more firecracker whodunits with this leading cast in hot pursuit. Including pug Ursula, of course. But for a pug, that’s a given…”
—Bea Amazon Review
“Move over Bridget Jones, time for Emma! The adventures of Emma, Kevin and Ursula are funny and witty. The book is a great read and made me smile the whole way through. I was reminded of the first time I read Helen Fielding.”
—Carine Amazon Review
“Very funny and witty! Emma Budnjk reminds me of Bridget Jones, but the wit is also very David Sedaris. I love the wacky characters: Irene; with her crossing Chihuahua, Dr. Phil and Kevin the caterer are hysterical. Good clean naughty fun to read poolside this summer.”
—D.C Dan Amazon Review