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Blanche Day Manos

Blanche Day Manos
  • Writing:

    Mysteries
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 4
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: April 25
  • Member Since: Sep 2019
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  • Followers: 17
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BIOGRAPHY

A retired teacher, I enjoy my grandchildren, reading, painting, and piano playing. I've written and published in magazines for many years, but only in the last eight years, started writing cozy mysteries.

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By the Fright of the Silvery Moon: A Ned McNeil Mystery
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By the Fright of the Silvery Moon: A Ned McNeil Mysteryby Blanche Day ManosPublish: Aug 02, 2017Series: A Ned McNeil MysteryMysteries
Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery
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Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mysteryby Blanche Day ManosPublish: Oct 26, 2015Series: A Ned McNeil Mystery
The Cemetery Club (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 1)
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The Cemetery Club (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 1)by Blanche Day ManosPublish: Nov 24, 2014Series: Darcy & Flora Cozy MysteryMysteries
Moonstruck and Murderous: A Ned McNeil Mystery
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Moonstruck and Murderous: A Ned McNeil Mysteryby Blanche Day ManosPublish: Jun 30, 2019Series: A Ned McNeil MysteryMysteries

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  • A Ned McNeil Mystery

    Moonstruck and Murderous: A Ned McNeil Mystery - Published on Jun, 2019 By the Fright of the Silvery Moon: A Ned McNeil Mystery - Published on Aug, 2017 Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery - Published on Oct, 2015
  • Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery

    The Cemetery Club (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 1) - Published on Nov, 2014

Blanche Day Manos interview On 30, Jun 2020

"Born in rural Oklahoma, Blanche Day Manos really enjoyed writing for and being published in magazines. The author writes hair-raising, toe-curling, suspenseful, and cozy mysteries. Her books have a unique story, lovable characters, and a mystery that keeps you guessing. Blanche Day Manos has a way with words that pulls you into the story and takes you on a roller-coaster ride."
Where were you born, and what was your childhood like?

I was born in rural Oklahoma. My childhood centered around my parents and my younger brother. Also, farm animals--horse, cows, chickens. And, beloved dogs.

What was the first thing you ever wrote and was it good? Did you share it with anyone?

I can't remember the very first thing I ever wrote because I've been writing since childhood. The first thing I was ever paid for was a small poem which a Christian organization bought. I was elated and shared the good news with my family.

Why did you choose to write in the mystery genre?

I chose to write cozy mysteries because that's the kind of story I enjoy most. Most of the violence in a cozy happens off-screen. Readers are not subjected to blatant violence or explicit scenes.

How has been your experience of writing and publishing in magazines for many years?

I really enjoyed writing for and being published in magazines. Editors and publishers were unfailingly kind and courteous.

What inspired you to started writing cozy mysteries in the last eight years?

Barbara Burgess and I discovered we had childhoods with many of the same experiences and we both enjoyed reading cozy mysteries. "You know," I said, "I think you and I could write cozies." She agreed, so we did. We wrote the first three Darcy and Flora books together and it was a lot of fun.

How did you come up with the idea of your book, By the Fright of the Silvery Moon?

Two things inspired me to write By the Fright of the Silvery Moon: tales of the influence full moons have on some people and a legend of an old outlaw.

On what theme are the A Ned McNeil Mystery books based on?

The theme of the Ned McNeil books is the history of old houses and, once again, the mysterious appeal of a beautiful, full moon.

What inspired you to write your book, Moonlight Can Be Murder?

Moonlight Can Be Murder, the first Ned McNeil book, was inspired by thinking, "what if"? What if a woman were to get an urgent letter from her uncle, asking for help, and what if she arrived at his home only to find him dying. What if certain events led her to believe that her hometown was not the peaceful place it seemed on the surface and her own life was being threatened? She would most certainly react.

How did you begin writing the Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery series?

I began writing the Darcy and Flora series, as I said, with Barbara Burgess. My mother was my inspiration for Flora, not that my mom ever got into solving mysteries, but her courage, enthusiasm, and the closeness we shared as mother and daughter begged to be put into words.

When you're running low on ideas, what do you do, or who do you talk to for inspiration?

I actually never run low on ideas. Happenings in the news, old family tales, the experiences of friends or even strangers, and that ever-present curiosity of mine keeps the computer going.

What is the significance of the title of your book, Moonstruck, and Murderous?

The significance of the title, Moonstruck and Murderous, is that it pretty well describes the suspects within the story. Pat, a dear friend of Ned McNeil's, is convinced that the full moon is partly responsible for the murderous intent of some of the characters while Ned is certain that they are simply a murderous crew.

Who inspired the character of Darcy Campbell in "The Cemetery Club"?

I'm not sure who inspired the character of Darcy Campbell. Maybe Barbara and I saw Darcy as the courageous and daring woman we would like to think of as ourselves.

What is it about writing a series that you enjoy so much?

I enjoyed the series because of the history, the intriguing mystery, and courage of the protagonists, and the excitement in each chapter. Then, in between those hair-raising experiences, Darcy and Flora would sit at the hundred year old table, share a cup of coffee, and compare ideas. There are a lot of warm moments as well as a lot of spine-tingling times.

How much do you spend writing during quarantine? Have you changed your writing schedule during this period?

I haven't actually changed my writing habits during quarantine, as I enjoy writing any time. I write every day. It helps a lot to put thoughts into words, and if those words involve solving a cozy mystery, so much the better!

How has been your experience to work with AllAuthor? What are some of the things you like and dislike about the site?

My experience with AllAuthor has been completely positive and professional. I appreciate the tweets and the publicizing of my books, as well as information about my books on the AllAuthor website.

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