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This week, find out more about the book TRAIL OF DEFECTS by Sara Caudell in an interview with its author.

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Trail of Defects (Cold Springs Mysteries)
by Sara Caudell

Trail of Defects (Cold Springs Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series – Author Notes – It is a series but can stand alone.
Self Published (May 23, 2016)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1541057531

This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. Crime waves in a small town can be confusing but it is especially daunting for Sheriff Hobson. It is unclear which side of the law his townspeople are on. Starting with an armed robbery of Kelly’s Lounge, elder abuse, and a runaway child, strange happenings pileup.

Interview With The Author

What initially got you interested in writing? 

I have always had to write, mostly business letters and regulatory statements.

What genres do you write in? 

I write mysteries, but with a modern western theme with little or no romance.

What drew you to writing these specific genres? 

I read about 100 books a year- mostly mysteries- and they got boring.  There was no real creativity.  I thought I could do better.

How did you break into the field? 

I decided I was too lazy to get a publisher so I decided to self-publish and see if anyone was interested in my stories.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? 

I hope they enjoy the story, and feel it was not a waste of time.  I also have a little moral comment in there somewhere, without it being preachy.

What do you find most rewarding about writing? 

Readers who say positive things about the story and the fact they enjoyed it.

What do you find most challenging about writing? 

Since I write mysteries, the challenge is to not have an ending that people are going to guess half way through the book.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? 

Being around other writers is important but not taking their suggestions too serious.  Biggest down fall is to let them end up writing your story. Stick to your guns.  If your writer group doesn’t like your story ideas, find another group.  Keep the story your story.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I like mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, good and accurate historical novels and bios.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? 

I foster kittens and injured cats for the local animal shelter. I have only had one “foster failure” that I had to keep, a Manx with intestinal problems.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work? 

Visit, my website for the Cold Springs mysteries.   You can learn more about the town and the people.


About The Author

I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now lives in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.


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1 Comment

  1. Sara Caudell

    Thank you very much, Shannon for including me in your blog. I’m a big fan of yours.

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