Welcome to author Abigail Keam who loves beekeeping almost as much as writing!

Describe your current writing spot or space.

I have an office that is white and soft green. My desk is cluttered with notes and I use four chalk boards to keep track of plots and characters. I am being edged out by paper, stacks of books, and files.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write in the morning when it is quiet or very late in the evening. The afternoon is taken up with answering emails and doing the business end of writing.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Three to four months, depending on the research.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

As soon as I finish one book, I start another. I never stop writing. If I take more than two weeks off, I feel itchy. My characters demand to be set free.

What comes first for you, the plot or characters?

Characters often come to me in dreams. They demand attention.

How do you select the names of your characters?

I try to select a name that is memorable like Mona Moon—simple and easy to remember.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Nothing. Writing is about being empathetic. The human condition for male and female is pretty similar.

Can you hear your characters talking?

They talk to me all the time. Hey, don’t call me crazy.

Were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? For how long?

It’s been a hard road to travel. Doors kept shutting in my face. I lost years waiting for a break. My flagship series is the Josiah Reynolds Mysteries, but in the beginning, I was told by publishers that no one wanted to read about a middle-aged beekeeper—she was too old. “How can that be?” I always asked. “No one reads Miss Marple anymore?” Frustrated, I took the indie road and never looked back. My first novel, Death By A HoneyBee, has been downloaded over a million times. I will be publishing my thirtieth mystery this year. Don’t let anyone tread on your dreams. Just keep plugging away.

How much time do you spend on research before starting a book? While writing?

I research as I write. Can’t afford the time otherwise. Time is a luxury.

What kind of research do you do for a book?

Extensive historical research for my Mona Moon Mysteries as I weave in real people and events into the story line. My team comes behind me and fact checks.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A Kentucky Wildcat.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I never use an outline or a formula. I use stream of consciousness when writing, so every book is different in pace and structure. I go where the characters lead me. This style of writing has worked well for me.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Invested in good book cover designers. My covers are never from stock. They are all from original artwork that I commission. I think to get a prospective reader to pick up a book, they must like the cover. Sorry, Mom, but you do judge a book by its cover. Every few years I change the covers for a fresh makeover.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love being a beekeeper.

What is your favorite childhood book(s)?

The Happy Hollisters— mystery series for children. I still have them.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Be aggressive when opportunity knocks on your door, even if shy. Walk through the door though you might not be prepared. You can learn on the job. There is a limit to the number of chances you get in life. If one occurs—take advantage of it. That’s the advice I would tell my younger self.

Abigail Keam loves to write real people and events into her stories. “I am a student of history and love to insert historical information into my mysteries. My goal is to entertain my readers, but if they learn a little something along the way–well, then we are both happy. I certainly learn a lot from my research, and I hope my readers come away with a new appreciation of beekeeping from my Josiah Reynolds Mysteries.”

Besides loving history, Kentucky bourbon and chocolate, Abigail loves honeybees and for many years made her living by selling honey at a farmers’ market. She is an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Abigail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.

Where to Find Abigail Keam & Her Books:

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  1. Thank you, Donna and Cozy Capers for allowing me to connect with your readers. Will be happy to answer any questions today. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Abigail

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