Tempting Treasures - Michele Buchholz
I love plots that center around treasure hunting. They're fun to read and I enjoy watching the main characters piece together the clues as they narrow down their search. What I enjoyed about Tempting Treasures was that it was all set in the family house. Keeping the treasure hunt narrowed down into that location made for an even more intriguing plot - and the supernatural elements that Buchholz included added depth and a uniqueness that many treasuring hunt plots lack.
I struggled a bit with connecting with the characters. While I wanted to root for and connect with Elena, I wasn't able to see through her eyes or fully understand the emotions that drove her actions.
Overall a fun read with lots of twists and turns that made for a well developed plot line.
Some Bio Information
As for the personal scoop, I'm a stay at home mom by day, Author and aspiring Artist by night. On the weekends, I put paint to canvas while enjoying a glass of wine with my gal pals. All this, while juggling the demands of being a full-time mother and wife. I have been a long time reader of historical romance and lover of mystery novels, ever since I could pick up a book. A big Thank You to my Grandmother for igniting that book-loving spark. To this day, it drives me, entertains me, and moves me forward in my writing career, eliciting stories full of intrigue, murder and mayhem. Whether by the fireplace on a cold winter night or soaking up the hot summer sun, I find the opportunity to indulge my imagination.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
I love mysteries and treasure hunts! I kept trying to find those types of novels in book stores and libraries but they seemed few and far in between, at least in the historical time periods that I loved. So, I wrote my own! Let me tell you, that was easier said than done! Took me five years from first draft to final publication. I had a lot of writer's block and breaks along the way.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I'm what's termed a 'Pantser". I don't have detailed notes and plans, just an over all concept, when I sit down to write. The characters really control their own destiny as I get the story out. It's fun for me to write this way b/c they constantly surprise me!
3. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
Listening to the characters! Figuring out all the twists and turns to the final conclusion while sprinkling in the clues for the readers to hopefully find.
4. What does the perfect writing environment look like to you?
In my opinion there is no such thing as a perfect writing environment. I frequently change my venue, even if its just across the room. When you have writer's block anything might trigger a release. Also, when I'm writing certain types of scenes I have different stimulus needs. I stumbled across one in particular. For instance, when I'm writing a fight or action scene I love to have football and heavy metal on.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
Again, I'm a pantser, there isn't much to my style other than starting with an over all theme or idea then slowly building. This novel, I rewrote at least six times during editing as the threads of the story grew.
6. What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I hope they enjoyed the thrill of the treasure hunt!
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
To get better and faster! I have many more stories to share, being the mother of three young boys, I don't have a lot of time to spare!