Welcome to author Nicole Asselin who write fun cozy mysteries set in the world of baseball., something a bit outside the norm for cozies.

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

I work full time, so writing is my part-time passion. Usually, most of my fiction writing happens on the weekend. After working a full 8 hour plus day, the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer again. With the ongoing pandemic, it’s been harder getting motivated to write. I used to go to coffee shops or bookstores and give myself writing goals. The pandemic has forced me to confront my own WFH writing. The summer wasn’t too bad b/c I could get outside and write away from my distractions (TV! NETFLIX! So Many books!). The winter is going to be a test. We’ll see if I can churn out book three during that time.

What comes first for you, the plot or characters?

For the Ballpark mysteries, the setting was the first thing that I created. I knew the ballpark was going to be the main focus point of the first book, and the characters followed soon after. I’m a “pantser”, which means I tend to just write without an outline. In regard to the plot, I usually have a vague idea of who is going to be the victim, and who I might want the villain to be, but it’s all just loosey-goosey until I get to the end!

How do you select the names of your characters?

Madeline, the main character of my book, was a name I have loved since I was a child. I knew the family was going to be of French-Canadian descent (like myself) and wanted to get some of that Francophile energy in the name. Eliza is a play on the name of the person who inspired the character, a former co-worker. Davis is the only character that’s name came out while I was writing. I just started typing and Davis appeared. I honestly have no idea where that name came from, but it just fits so well.

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

Before I even answer, I’m sure everyone who knows me will shout out the answer as they read. Obviously, a house cat. I mean…. I like to sleep, I’m super independent, and I love when people shower me with attention, but only at my own pace. Plus, I feel like cats are secretly murder mystery authors. They always seem to be plotting something and it usually involves death. They’re crafty like that.

Do you ever Google yourself?

Ack! This answer is going to make me sound super egotistical, but I DO google myself. Not often, but I do have a google alert on my name. Luckily, the results I find are pretty positive. I know the first time I read something negative the good old imposter syndrome and anxiety will kick in. Another plus side, I get to find out about all sorts of Asselin’s across the country doing cool things. So googling isn’t all bad.

What is your favorite childhood book(s)?

I remember reading Harriet the Spy and wanting to live her life. Encyclopedia Brown was my next mystery idol, and then of course Nancy Drew. I still re-read my Nancy Drew’s (and I watch the new CW show too). DEALING WITH DRAGONS was another book that I vividly remember reading and just falling in love with the fantasy of books. Plus, as a New Englander, MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS.

Murder at First Pitch by Nicole AsselinAvailable at Amazon

Nicole Asselin grew up a Navy Brat, and spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her into the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels. Now those two loves are combined into her new Ballpark Mystery series.

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