We’re thrilled to have here today Kate Davidson from Tracy Weber’s new cozy mystery, Karma’s a Killer. Kate is a thirty-three-year-old yoga teacher living in Seattle, Washington.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so much for this interview, Kate. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think Tracy did a pretty good job of characterizing me this time, though I wish she would have shared fewer of my internal thoughts and emotions with readers. I mean, come on, shouldn’t a girl have a few secrets? And there are some scenes I’d prefer to forget. That whole rabbit in the Doga (yoga for dogs) class scene, for example. Did she really have to share that? It was humiliating!
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Well, she could have made me a little bit less neurotic-seeming. My anger management issues and my pogonophobia—the irrational fear of beards—aren’t exactly my strongest traits. But to be fair to Tracy, I’m far from perfect.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Loyalty. Like my German shepherd, Bella. I might take a while to warm up to someone, but once I do there’s almost nothing I won’t do for them. Including putting myself in danger to prove they are innocent of murder.
My temper, for sure. I’ve struggled with my fiery temper since my first two-year-old temper tantrum, which is a problem when you make your living teaching yoga. People expect yoga teachers to be Zen all of the time, and I’m definitely not. I am getting better though. Maybe all of that meditation practice is finally paying off.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
That’s a tough one. Maybe Zooey Deschanel? Her hair color’s darker than mine, but we have the same sort of girl-next-door energy.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Definitely. My boyfriend Michael and I have been together almost a year now. That’s six times my normal record! ;-) He recently moved into my house and it’s going pretty well—except for his housekeeping deficit disorder and the chaos of our home remodel. If we can make it through the house renovations, we’ll make it through anything. So expect Michael to stick around for this and all future books. Unless we kill each other off during the remodel.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
When my car got broken into with my German shepherd, Bella, in the back seat. I don’t care about my beater Honda, but when someone threatens Bella, they’d better be prepared to deal with the full wrath of Kate. Bella has proven in the past that she would die for me. How can I do anything less for her?
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I’d rather not be the murder victim, of course, but I don’t want to give that name away, so I guess I’ll have to say Tiffany, the little bleached-blonde bimbo who works for Michael at his pet store, Pete’s Pets. Then again, it can’t be very fun to be Dharma, who is stuck in a prison cell for a crime she didn’t commit. All things considered, I’d rather be me.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I’m delighted with it. Who could have predicted that three hundred pages after being attacked by a Chihuahua, I’d have come to peace with a repressed memory from my childhood and reconnected with a long-lost family member? And I even ended up with a new way to torture Tiffany! Nothing is more fun than that.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
The biggest piece of advice I would give Tracy is to keep the promise she’s already made to her readers—that she’ll never kill an animal in her books. I’m not too worried, though. Tracy’s as much of an animal nut as I am. I’m pretty sure she’d kill me off before Bella.
Thank you for this interview, Kate. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Definitely! My fourth adventure, tentatively titled A Fatal Twist, is already written and at Tracy’s editor. And I’m sure there will be many more. There seems to be no end to the amount of trouble I can get myself into. And Bella is never far behind, making life infinitely more interesting!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A certified yoga therapist, Trcay Weber is the owner of the award-winning yoga studio, Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, and the creator and director of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program which, to date, has certified over 250 yoga teachers. She and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha.
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Title: KARMA’S A KILLER
Author: Tracy Weber
Publisher: Midnight Ink
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About the Book:
A fun, fresh, feisty new mystery featuring Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her trusty canine companion Bella,Karma’s a Killer is a taut tale with more twists and turns than a vinyasa yoga class. In this charming, clever and utterly captivating cozy mystery, Kate Davidson discovers that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like om.
When she agrees to teach doga—yoga for dogs—at a fundraiser for Dogma, a local animal rescue, Kate believes the only real damage will be to her reputation. But when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning, a few downward-facing dogs will be the least of Kate’s problems… The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate, her boyfriend Michael, and her German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. And if solving a murder weren’t complicated enough, Kate will also have to decide whether or not to reconcile with the estranged mother who abandoned her over thirty years ago. Not to mention having to contend with an almost-bankrupt animal rescue, a cantankerous crow, an unwanted pigeon houseguest, and a rabbit in a doga class. What couldpossibly go wrong?