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 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: