Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Interview with SURVIVE OR DIE, #Cozy #Mystery Author Catherine Dilts

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Cozy Mystery


“Deliverance” meets “The Office”. In this hilariously suspenseful novel…If you work in corporate America or are contemplating a move into that man-eat-man world, Survive or Die will have you running for the 
Peace Corps. But you’ll be laughing as you go.

 —Barbara Nickless, author of the 
award-winning Sydney Parnell series


Cozy Mystery


Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

My day job is hazardous substances regulation, which sounds exciting, but is really a lot of paper shuffling. Still, I feel it is a job that makes a difference. It also inspires my writing with environmental themes. When I’m not at my desk, I enjoy the Colorado outdoors hiking, running, or fishing, and spending time at our little slice of heaven, thirty-five acres of rocks and pine trees in the mountains.

1. How did you get started writing?

I remember cutting up breakfast cereal boxes and creating little movie theaters when I was in grade school. My siblings and I would draw pictures, and then scroll them through the cereal box. Writing always seemed normal to me, and I took for granted that everyone wanted to write stories.

2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write what I enjoy reading – mysteries. I prefer lighter fare. Life is scary and intense enough. When I relax, I want a cozy or an amateur sleuth that won’t give me nightmares.

3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I often check out audio books from the library, so I might be listening to a good story.

4. What is your favorite part of writing?

Wrestling the words around to say what I want in the most effective and entertaining way. I enjoy language, and our unique human ability to create images and emotions using words.

5. What is your least favorite part of writing?

Figuring out what to do with the finished product. I want my work to be published, and to reach the widest audience possible. But I don’t enjoy marketing my work.

6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?

Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot – Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Because I’d be good looking, physically formidable, intelligent, and possess integrity.

7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I often find inspiration in everyday experiences, followed by what if questions. We’re expecting a blizzard. What if people were snowed inside a business for three days, the vending machines ran out of food on the first day, and everyone with a grudge tried to do in their enemies in the shadowy recesses of the building?

8. Tell me about your ideal reader.

Every reader is a gift. The person who is looking for a clean story, free from foul language and explicit scenes, will enjoy my stories.

9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.

I need headphones, both to write, and at my day job. I am easily distracted. I listen to a variety of music, from Johnny Cash to oldies rock, classical to religious. The music I use to block out the world and help me focus on writing is jazz fusion. Coffee or tea are my beverages of choice. The caffeine kicks my brain into gear.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

Survive Or Die was released February 28. This standalone murder mystery combines my experiences in the corporate world with my love of the Colorado outdoors. My story takes place during a team-building exercise at a survivalist camp, once the setting for a popular reality TV show. The owner of a dysfunctional company receives a death threat. Employees aren’t surprised that someone wants their lecherous, hard-drinking boss dead. The surprise is that he’s not the first casualty. The week deteriorates from mock survival games to cold reality in the Colorado wilderness, where lost and desperate contestants must Survive or Die.

About Author Catherine Dilts…

Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She contributes to the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Librarywith Ink or Swim andA Thorny Plot. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. The two worlds collide in Survive Or Die, when a manufacturing company holds a team building exercise in the wilderness.


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18 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Interview with SURVIVE OR DIE, #Cozy #Mystery Author Catherine Dilts”

  1. Deliverance meets The Office! Great description!
    Thanks,Karen and Catherine, for the introduction and interview.

  2. Good morning, Catherine, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I loved your interview! Good parental choices. I’m with you with the marketing schtick. We just want to write. Thanks for sharing your latest book with us today. Sounds like a fun read!

  3. Hi Catherine,
    My favorite genres are cozy mysteries and mysteries. Yours cover a different topic than most of the ones I have read and I look forward to reading them.

    1. I work in the corporate world, and escape to the mountains, so the story felt like a natural combination.

  4. Thanks for joining us today and sharing about yourself. I love the idea of a story where Deliverance meets The Office.

  5. Very interesting. I like the question and answer session. I like a good mystery without the foul language and nightmarish after effects. Thank you.
    Will have to read for sure.
    Have a great Colorado Day.

    1. Linda, this amateur sleuth is a bit darker than my Rock Shop Mystery series and my Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library cozies. Still, I think it’s on the light side of the mystery spectrum, and hopefully humorous as well.

  6. Sounds really great 👍
    Thanks for sharing this book with us 😍💖😍
    Thanks for the chance to win 😃💖😍💗

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