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Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
by Mary Marks


About the Book

Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701848
Digital ASIN: B0776GV62J

In tracing her ancestry, quilter Martha Rose discovers a ritzy half-sister, a stash of family secrets, and a decades-old mystery that only she can unravel . . .

Martha Rose is shocked to find she has a half-sister, especially one so different from her. Giselle Cole is wealthy, widowed, and lives a glamorous life in West Los Angeles. At least her grandmother was a quilter! But Giselle can’t answer Martha’s many questions about their father—he disappeared when she was only a child and the few clues left behind indicate he may have been murdered. So Martha and Giselle team up on an investigation that weaves them through the streets of L.A., their father’s hidden love affairs, and into some mysterious unfinished Cole family business . . .

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

In my early sixties, I wanted to write a memoir for my children and grandchildren and include stories about all the quilts I’ve made in my life. I took writng classes for about four years with questionable results. However, after taking a workshop in mystery writing, I discovered I had a knack for mystery and humor. The old adage, “Write what you know” really appealed. So I created stories about a woman like me: a divorced, zaftig, middle aged, Jewish quilter who lived in the San Fernando Valley town of Encino.


What genres do you write in?

Until I get that memoir written, cozy mysteries are what I’m all about.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I loved listening to audio books while I quilted. I especially enjoyed mysteries.


How did you break into the field?

Took a workshop, wrote a story, entered a national competition where I did well, and found an agent willing to represent me.


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

A thorough enjoyment of my characters, the humor and the plot lines. An awareness of the social issues I write about and, a sense that justice has been done. And of course, an appreciation for quilts and quilting.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Hearing from my readers about how much they enjoy my stories.


What do you find most challenging about writing?

Story and plot development. I don’t outline beforehand, I simply begin to write with only a vague idea of where I want to go and how I’m going to get there.


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

Take writing classes. Join a group of fellow writers and a coach who will encourage you with constructive critiques. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Just write the story and worry about corrections afterwards.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?



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

On my 73rd birthday I dyed my hair turquoise and purple. On my 74th birthday I pierced my nostril. I am now 75 and have no plans to get a tattoo. I draw the line at ink.


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

My website is www.marymarksmysteries.com

My facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013/

About the Author

About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013

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1 Comment

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Mary Marks and for being part of the Great Escape Book Tour for “Not My Sister’s Keeper”.

    The storyline of this book sounds amazing. Love that she combines the cozy mystery with the fine art of quilting. I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.

    Love the spunk the author showed by how she celebrated her last two birthdays. 🙂

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