Sunday, July 8, 2012

Meet Una Tiers, Author of Judge vs. Nuts



My guest today is Una Tiers, author of Judge vs. Nuts. Una describes her novel as a "Cozy - a mystery without loads of cussing, sex or violence" and "Humorcide - a lighthearted look at murder." Una and I met through an authors' group on LinkedIn. Her title and the story's setting in Chicago drew my attention to her book.

Reviews of Judge vs. Nuts give some eye-opening insight into the voice and writing style of Una Tiers. One reviewer described the experience of reading Una's story as being "seduced by the lusciousness of her prose and the near flawless timing of her wit.

GAIL: Thank you for visiting today, Una.  I love reading mysteries set in Chicago. I worked in the Loop back in the 60's, just long enough to use the setting for my first novel. You chose to write a murder mystery with a humorous touch. Can you please share with us a more detailed account of the novel and your research for Judge vs Nuts?

UNA: Judge vs Nuts is a story about judicial corruption in Chicago and about a young attorney trying to make a living as a solo practitioner.  While a lifelong resident of the city, I did research more research on Navy Pier than anything else. Most of it went used.

 GAIL: Navy Pier has a fascinating history, from war time up to the installation of the pier's famous ferriswheel. Research is one of the entertaining aspects of every writer's job. Is “the job” the most important part of your protagonist’s life?
UNA: Fiona Gavelle has little else in her life but work.  She gets divorced early in the book and dating isn’t going too well for her. The detective investigating the murder intrigues her although he isn’t exactly her type. 

Una has set up a YouTube slideshow for her novel, Judge vs. Nuts, that includes pictures of the Chicago skyline and surrounding area. 

You can also check out her book site and home page at these links:




17 comments:

  1. Thank you Gail, this is a lovely interview. I am pretending I am reading it on a beach in Hawaii.
    Best
    Una Tiers

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  2. I finished all the seasons. It was worth spending time.

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  3. Sounds like fun. Who knew murder could be funny?!

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  4. Thank you Jay Noel, if you or any of the other readers would like a sample, email me. una@unatiers.com

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  5. I awarded you the ONE LOVELY BLOG Award! Stop by my blog to pick it up and see the instructions. http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/

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  6. Fiona, you picked a lovely day to "pretend-read" on a Hawaiian beach!

    Melanie, Thank you! I'll visit your blog and check out your instructions for the ONE LOVELY BLOG Award! #YouRock!

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  7. Melanie how nice to be at the awards ceremony.
    Gail I am impressed at your blog, it has so much information and you blended the interview questions with the reviews so nicely.
    Una Tiers

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  8. Thanks, Fiona. I find reading book reviews enjoyable. There are some interesting and informative reviews of Judge vs Nuts on Amazon.

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  9. Gail and Una, nice interview! I enjoyed the Chicago setting and Una's wit in Judge vs. Nuts too. Good luck, ladies!

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  10. Great interview that captures the cores of JUDGE VS NUTS and, at the same time, reveals the subtle wit of protagonist Fiona Gravelle, through the lips of her creator, Una Tiers.

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  11. Thanks Ellis, I like the blend Gail does with reviews in the interview.
    Una Tiers

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  12. Thanks Tom, you did notice that Gail quoted from your review, didn't you?
    Best
    Una Tiers

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  13. Never been to Chicago except in books. Sounds like this would be an interesting visit.

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  14. Sounds like you are dying to visit Chicago? LOL Fiona Gavelle will even take you to the law library for the magnificent view.
    Una Tiers

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  15. Una and Gail, I enjoyed this interview, particularly the part about working in the Loop, where I worked briefly at the end of 1969.

    Phyllis Zimbler Miller
    http://amazon.com/author/phylliszimblermiller

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  16. Thanks Phyllis, the book has attracted a lot of nice people who lived here.
    Una Tiers

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  17. Thanks for the invitation and really nice interview Gail, everyone enjoyed the trip to Hawaii.
    Best
    Una Tiers
    Judge vs Nuts

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