Sydney Winthrop grew up reading Nancy Drew, Ellery Queen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, and Agatha Christie. Constantly writing in her head, Sydney decided putting words on paper would be healthier.
While raising two girls her writing filled notebooks with make-believe conversations between people she saw in restaurants, in cars, or walking down the street. A writing course at a library encouraged Sydney to start writing.
Sydney Winthrop is the author of Cocoa Capone, The Calico Cow Caper, Secret Society, Fibers of Freedom, The Face of Insanity, Aengus, Abba-daba and Fate, and The P.I. and the Federal Marshal.
She and her husband currently reside in Greenfield, Indiana along with Poirot – a kitten who is a teenager in cat years.
I enjoy plotting. In between novels, I try to commit the perfect murder, from the POV of the villain, then twist it to the POV of the protagonist. And then the usual – reading! At the moment, I’m stuck in a Rex Stout rut. And what a rut! When I feel like turning off my brain, I’ll sit in front of an episode of Chopped and work on a counted cross stitch.
What inspired you to write The PI and the Federal Marshal?
I have continuing characters. Cocoa Capone and Fibers of Faith are a daughter/mother dynamic featuring Suzette and Chloe.
The Calico Cow Caper is a historical – circa early 1900’s – where Daisy, the protagonist, starts her own P.I. agency. I carried that forward to present day in Secret Society. Nadine, Daisy’s great granddaughter, runs the agency now.
In The Face of Insanity, Nadine’s best friend, Kelsey – a forensic accountant – is kidnapped. I had fan mail wondering what happened to Kelsey after Face, so I answered that question in Aengus, Abba-daba, and Fate.
The PI and the Federal Marshal circles back to Nadine, Robert, and Nadine’s mother, Tessa – who we last saw in Secret Society.
How did you choose the title of your book?
Oh, there’s a page or two. I am HORRIBLE at picking titles.
This last one, The PI and the Federal Marshal was pretty straight forward, as the theme the publisher set up for the boxed set was Marrying My Best Friend.
The hardest title to come up with was the one for Aengus, Abba-daba and Fate. I wanted it to be Aengus, Abba-daba, and the Corpse, but as a mystery writer writing for a romance publisher – who graciously allows me to err on the side of the mystery – I thought I should dump the Corpse from the title. I wanted Kelsey’s love interest to be in the title, Aengus, and since the book went into a collection on two people falling in love over a cat, Abba-daba, the cat, needed to be in there. The third word in the title came from my husband.
He’s a sci-fi fan and has the television series Stargate practically memorized. There is an episode titled, “Fire and Water” where a very famous line is “What fate Omoroca?” (Which we, in sillier moments change to “What fate Almond Roca?”) My husband suggested I use “What Fate Abba-daba?”. I didn’t care for that.
One, nobody but a sci-fi fan would get it, and two, if they did get it, they would think the book was sci-fi. BUT, I liked the word “fate.”
It’s a hot August in Houston, Texas – there’s a redundant phrase – and Nadine Debenheim is settling in to her role as CEO of the prestigious Williams Agency. Before she can get too complacent, a madman storms her office demanding her help in locating a female P.I. on the loose shooting up cheating spouses.
Robert Bellamy, U.S. Federal Marshal and Nadine’s best friend, has been keeping tabs on Tessa – Nadine’s mother. Tessa was arrested for murder but managed to beat the rap. Now she’s in Texas, working as a private investigator.
And do Robert and Nadine discover there is more between them than friendship?
Is there a message in this novel you want you want readers to grasp?
One of redemption. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a character that has a softening of the heart that only God can bring about.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about?
I’m working on a book with two other authors. The story follows a family Bible from one generation to the next – circa 1779 to present day. We looked at the timeline, split the story up, based on true events in history and wove our characters into it. I wrote one of my sections about two sisters that went to England before the start of WWI. One of them dies, (of course!) and the other meets Agatha Christie.
I’m writing a short story on spec using the Chloe and Suzette dynamic from Cocoa Capone and Fibers of Freedom.
And, I have another book due for Forget Me Not Romance the first part of next year.
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Buy Link for Cocoa Capone: https://www.amazon.com/Cocoa-Capone-Christmas-novella/dp/1540851990/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1506886953&sr=8-4&keywords=sydney+winthrop
Buy Link for The Calico Cow Caper: https://www.amazon.com/Calico-Cow-Caper-SydneyWinthrop/dp/1548308676/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506887089&sr=1-3&keywords=sydney+winthrop
Buy Link for Secret Society: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Society-Sydney-Winthrop/dp/1974579409/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1506886953&sr=8-5&keywords=sydney+winthrop
Buy Link for Fibers of Freedom: https://www.amazon.com/Fibers-Freedom-Sydney-Winthrop-ebook/dp/B0763YX79V/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1513947673&sr=8-9&keywords=fibers+of+freedom
Buy Link for The Face of Insanity: https://www.amazon.com/Face-Insanity-Sydney-Winthrop/dp/1980487332/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527694966&sr=8-2&keywords=the+face+of+insanity
Buy Link for Aengus, Abba-daba, and Fate: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=aengus%2C+abba-daba%2C+and+fate
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