From the Booking Desk:

I first met Carrie Smith when she approached me after I participated in a “Readers Recommend” panel at Bouchercon. She said that she listened to the panel discussion carefully and that she thought I just might be the perfect reader for her next book. As bloggers, we get these types of pleas all the time, but something about Carrie’s request rang true, so I agreed to give the ARC a try. Let’s just say, she was absolutely correct and I now consider myself a Claire Cordella Mystery Series fan-for-life. Since then, Carrie has also become a friend and a vibrant supporter of BOLO Books, for which I will be eternally grateful. She, and her writing,  bring some much-needed diversity to the crime-fiction tribe and let’s face it, Carrie is just about the perfect blend of personality and protest. I think you will get that sense from her Composite Sketch answers.

Name: Carrie Smith
Location: New York, New York

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

The three contenders are my spouse and our two children. I’ll get in a whole lot of trouble if I name one twin and not the other—so I’ll go with my spouse, Cynthia Swain. She devours media, knows way more than I’ll ever know about current events, and is the true adult in the room. She survived a scrappy childhood in Providence, Rhode Island; made it to graduate school at Columbia; survived countless atrocious bosses in tough corporate jobs; beat an even tougher cancer; and found a new voice writing satirical Sci-Fi. Not bad.

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

Robin Agnew, co-owner (with her lovely husband Jamie) of Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Robin is passionate about the many subgenres of crime fiction, and her store is a celebration of all that our genre has to offer. Not only that, but she is a true friend to striving mystery writers.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

I’m going to veer out of the mystery genre here and name the handmaid Offred in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I just finished it for the third time (I’m continually inspired by her use of language) and I’d really like to know where Offred goes and how she survives after her rescue from the Commander’s home. It’s a timely tale as we all survive these tough times. I’d like to stalk Margaret Atwood, too.

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):

Patti Lupone singing anything but especially “Invisible” from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy.

My personal catch phase is (or should be):

RESIST.