Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Crouching Buzzard - Author Information

Donna Andrews was born a long time ago, in a Yorktown, Virginia far, far away. (None of her biographies will admit to a birth date!) She attended college at the University of Virginia, where she studied writing as it relates to English and Drama.

Before publishing her first book (Murder with Peacocks) in 1998 (which was the winner of the Malice Domestic / St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery contest) she worked "on the communications staff" of a "large financial institution" in Washington DC, spending a lot of her time acting as the translator between the marketing department and the IT department. The office politics in a large organization also gave her a "profound understanding of the criminal mind."

When she's not writing, she's torturing herself crawling into holes, climbing up cliffs, crawling into more holes, learning to be a Private Investigator, and crawling into yet more holes. (For a woman who exhibits symptoms of claustrophobia, she's a real masochist!)

For a woman who is so facile with words, Andrews is amazingly invisible in the "interview-sphere" on line. I was only able to find one printed interview. Fortunately the interview with Betty Webb is a goodie, with an unimaginably complete list of puffin-puns!

(Visualize me doing a more than rudimentary Google search...) OK, I lied. I found more interviews.
Interview by Sandra Parshall
Audio Interview with Dallas Book Diva on the topic of Six Geese a Slaying
Audio Interview with Dallas Book Diva on the topic of Cockatiels at Seven
Audio Interview with Dallas Book Diva on the topic of The Penguin who Knew too Much
Heirloom bookstore Interview
Interview in Mystery Morgue
Inkspot Interview part 1 and part 2
by Tayler Bloom
Interview by Betty Webb
I'm sure there are more, but there's a limit to how many pages I'll go into Google. If that isn't enough, you can always read Andrews' blog.

In addition to the Mag Langslow bird mysteries, she's written a series of "technocozies" about an "artificial intelligence personality (read that "intelligent self-aware computer") named Turing Hopper:
You've Got Murder
Click Here for Murder
Access Denied
Delete All Suspects

Andrews has racked up an impressive list of awards.

She's won the Agatha for Murder with Peacocks and You've got Murder.
She's won the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic Award for the Best First Traditional Mystery for Murder with Penguins.
She's won the Anthony for Murder with Penguins
She won the Barry for Murder with Penguins.
She won the Lefty for Murder with Penguins and We'll Always have Parrots.
She won the Toby Bromberg Award of Excellence for Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon.

Andrews is a member of her local chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Private Investigators and Security Association.

In addition to her own blog, you can find her writing at Moments in Crime (her publisher's blog), Femmes Fatales, and the Sisters in Crime blog.

All in all, she seems like a pretty cool person. It's nice to like the authors you're reading!


Anonymous said...

Wasn't Donna's first Meg book Murder With Peacocks?

Susan said...

Visualize me blushing. It's fixed! Thank you for catching that! (Totally surrounded by too many books with "bird" titles!)