Getting to Know Ava Mallory
Ava writes Mysteries with Heart. Whether you like your mysteries with a side of slapstick comedy, unpredictable romance, endless shenanigans, precocious pets, meddling misfits or anything in between, Ava's mysteries have a little of something for everyone and a whole lot of heart to boot! In addition to Love's Witness, Ava writes for the Funeral Fakers series, coming November 2018! You can learn more about Ava and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I was born in Havana, Cuba to entertainers (My mother was a flamenco dancer. My father was a musician, born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York City, the Bronx.) who were performing there. I was raised in my mother’s home country of Spain, specifically, Alcudia, Majorca, Spain. I currently split my time between the States, Barcelona & Majorca, and Collonges-la-Rouge, France.
My hometown, Alcudia, is well-known for its beaches, Roman architecture, but many people don’t know that there’s a majestic underground world there too. The east coast of the island has cave systems that date back centuries. They’re amazing!
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
My favorite part is knowing that people of all ages can read my books without having to worry about content. I want my readers to read about real people of color, who live, laugh, and love and never come off as caricatures and stereotypes. And they get a fun mystery to boot!
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
When we moved to the States, my mother took us to the library, so my younger siblings could attend Storytime. Listening to the children’s librarian read all these fantastic stories opened me up to a whole new world. Of course, we had books in Spain. My mother was an avid mystery reader. I was a bookworm, but something about the way the librarian read those stories connected with me on another level. From that moment forward, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I started hanging out there daily, devouring books, writing stories, and just absorbing the environment.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I was a hospice/dementia care nurse manager for 20 years. I loved the job. I loved my patients, but I could never shake the dream of wanting to write for a living.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I don’t have pets now, but I grew up with dogs.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I don’t believe it’s in the cards for me. I was married for twenty-two years and what I thought was a fairytale came to a harsh and abrupt end. I’m content to remain single. I have a full life. Four wonderful children and plenty of books to read and write.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
Gone with the Wind. It has everything from love, loss, anger, jealousy, greed, comedy, and tragedy all rolled in one. It’s a tome, but so worth the read, in my humble opinion.