Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dawn Eastman & Be Careful What You Witch For

Dawn Eastman, Author of Be Careful What you Witch For, is here today to answer questions.

First here's a little about her new book:

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

 Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

Do you have any favorite Halloween traditions? 

Fall is my very favorite season. I love to watch the leaves change and prefer temps in the 60’s to temps in the 90’s. So, when the weather starts to cool I decorate the house, starting in late September. I love ghosts and witches and pumpkins. Both of my kids have always loved to plan their costumes so sometimes we start preparations before summer is even over. I think my favorite tradition is to go to our local Living History museum. They have a nineteenth century town that they set up for trick or treating, hay rides, marshmallow toasting and ghost stories. We try to go every year, although both of my kids are getting older and only one dresses up anymore. I may have to borrow the neighbor kids in the future…

(one of my rare Martha Stewart moments)
What’s special about the town where your book is set: Crystal Haven, Michigan?

Crystal Haven is a classic cozy small town on Lake Michigan. They have a beach, beautiful woods and sand dunes, boating and shopping. They also have psychics, tarot readers, witches, palm readers, and pet psychics.

(This is an example of the cozy shops you might find in Crystal Haven)

Why do you write cozy mysteries?

Because I love to read them. Cozy mysteries are my comfort reads. I have several series I follow and love to return to the small town setting and re-visit friends from previous books. 

Is there a particular author who has been an inspiration to you? 

There are so many authors I love, I can’t possibly choose. In the mystery realm some of my favorites are Janet Evanovich, Louise Penny, Laurie King, Margaret Maron, Tana French and Susan Wittig Albert. I’ve also started reading Ann Cleeves, Krista Davis, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Laura Morrigan, Jen McKinlay, and Rhys Bowen.

What is the most fun about being an author? 

I love to meet – either online or in person – readers and other authors. Two fun fan moments for me are pictured here. I met Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves at a mystery conference – two of the nicest, most gracious authors you’d ever want to meet. That’s my mom next to Louise – she’s another mystery fan.


  1. Dawn - thank you for a great interview!

  2. I will have to track down the buy links. I love supporting authors from nearby.
    This book sounds like one I will love.

  3. I love to read cozies too, and revisiting old friends, I mean characters, is one of my favorite parts. I'm always looking for a new series, thanks for the post. It sounds like a perfect fall read.