Author Maggie Bishop has written a book the equal of any of the popular fiction nicknamed "Chick Lit" that is a staple in bookstands everywhere. Emeralds in the Snow could easily compete with any of the romance genre found on Best Seller Lists. - Rapid River Monthly
The book is a fun, fast read ... The characters are clearly drawn ... These are the kind of characters who shape the world around them and readers enjoy that kind of development. ... Readers can look forward to her next one. -- JC Walkup, Smoky Mountain News
Nobody writes spicy romance like Maggie Bishop. In Emeralds in the Snow, Bishop gives us a new nightstand book, with a murder mystery to sharpen the romantic flavor. schuyler kaufman, Carolina Mountain Life
From the Author
I love to hear from readers. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.
1. Maggie, how did your Appalachian Mystery Series come about?
Tell us briefly about it. Appalachian Adventures started with romance, then turned to murder. The original concept was 4 books, 4 male cousins, 4 seasons and 4 different sports. I had to get the romance out of my system. "Appalachian Paradise" is romance and backpacking. "Emeralds in the Snow" is romance, downhill skiing and a cold case mystery. "Murder at Blue Falls," my third novel (3rd male cousin, 3rd season and 3rd sport - horseback riding) changed everything. My publisher, Ingalls Publishing Group, fell in love with the two main characters and the following books are based on the fictional Blue Falls Guest Ranch in the real Triplett Valley outside the real cozy mountain town of Boone, NC.
2. You've been touted as an Appalachian Agatha Christie and chosen as one of East Carolina University's Incredible Women. How have the honors shaped your writing life?
Well, after the champagne celebration, I decided to concentrate on "giving back" by teaching writing workshops. When I attended workshops given by members of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, I bought their books but couldn't find a way to express my appreciation for the knowledge and direction given in the craft of writing. Since I could not repay the individual teachers, I'm passing on the favor with the workshops.
3. You've won a number of other awards. Which means the most to you and why?
Being declared one of "100 Incredible ECU Women" for literature and leadership helped me acknowledge that mystery writing is a worthwhile endeavor. Making up something that others enjoy reading can be difficult, especially when that little voice says "this is awful." I'm honored that East Carolina recognized my work.
4. What is your typical writing day like? I wish I had a typical writing day. I write in spurts of two months. Way in advance, I begin thinking about my characters and plot. The setting is the mountains of North Carolina which is perfect with the hollars and high peaks, the visitor attractions and sports, and the unpredictability of the weather. I liken it to the pressure built up behind a mountain dam - my head keeps filling up with a sense of what the characters will be going through. No details, just the anticipation of emotions and action. Once I have the emotional space and projects in the real world can be put off, I open the flood gates and write. I awake and begin writing long hand the next scene between fixing my and my husband's breakfasts and his lunch, feeding the birds and tending to the cat. Once my husband is off to work, I continue writing either long hand or at the computer. After a few hours, I do a half hour on the elliptical machine, have lunch and return to writing. While exercising, my mind is on the story. I love it. This is the grand, expanding part of the whole experience of creating these people and events.