#TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAbout – Author #KassandraLamb

Woohoo! Time for another fun #TenThings list! This time, our guest is Cozy Mystery author Kassandra Lamb, and I know you’re going to get a kick out of some of the things Kass is sharing today. With that in mind, let’s get going! Kass, the floor is all yours!


10 Things You May Not Know About Kassandra Lamb

Wow, it feels really good to be back here guest posting! I’ve been away too long, busy pumping out books. But I couldn’t resist Marcia’s call to participate in her 10 Things You May Not Know series.

So here are my 10 things:

  1. I just turned 70!! Yeah, I’m still getting used to that idea.

A friend of mine once quipped, on the occasion of her fiftieth birthday, “How did my 25-year-old mind get caught in a 50-year-old body?” Well, I think my mind has probably matured to about age 40, but now it’s trapped in a 70-year-old body. Yikes! How did that happen?

  1. I have very few wrinkles. Oily skin finally pays off.

However, I’m discovering there is a downside to looking younger than you are, at my age. People expect me to be able to do things my body can’t handle anymore. So…

  1. I let my hair grow out during the pandemic lockdown and…

I discovered some lovely silver tresses had been hiding under the hair dye. I decided to let them stay, adding just a few auburn highlights to ease the transition.

  1. I have had 4 significant careers in my life.

One, admin assistant in Human Resources (only we called it Personnel and admin assistants were not synonymous with secretaries back then—less typing and more organizing). Two, psychotherapist and three, college professor in psychology. And now number four, mystery writer.

I’ve loved all of them. I think writing will probably be the last one, but you never know.

  1. As you may have noticed, sales were not involved in any of those. I’m a lousy sales person.

I learned this, at age 16, when I was an “Avon lady” for five months. And ended up still owing money for my samples case when I finally gave up.

  1. I have visited 7 countries and 21 states (not counting those I have only driven through) in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. But I’ve only ever lived in 2 states, Maryland and Florida.

I don’t intend to live anywhere else. I do love to travel though, and hope to add more countries and states to my “visited” list.

  1. In Maryland, we owned a small horse farm for 12 years.

Normally, when we’ve moved to a new home, I’ve been more than ready to go (see below). But I loved that farm so much. Only palm trees and a warmer climate in Florida could lure me away from it. It’s the only time I’ve ever cried on moving day.

  1. Because I actually like moving! I know, totally weird, right?

To me, it’s a big adventure. I love the packing and the actual move day. And the unpacking is fun too, deciding just where each item should go in a new place.

I even vicariously enjoy other people’s moves and volunteer regularly to help friends pack and/or move. I really get on their nerves though, on moving day, when I’m all happy and smiley and they’re all stressed out and grumpy. 😀 vs. 😦

  1. I love DIY projects.

Although I can’t do really big ones anymore. I don’t have the physical stamina. About 8 years ago, I painted the entire exterior of my house (with some help from my brother). It took the better part of 3 months, painting one section at a time, doing the trim work, etc. in my spare time.

Lately, my biggest project was building a little patio for my fire pit. I plan to read out there this winter (or what passes for winter in northern Florida), with the fire keeping my toes toasty. Because… 

  1. I love being outside. I get high on fresh air!

My screened porch is my favorite “room” in the house. And one of the glorious things about living in northern Florida is that we have long beautiful springs and autumns. I have every window in the house open most days, from March to May and again from October to December.

Hope you found my 10 things interesting! And thanks, Marcia, for having me over to your cyberhome for a visit.


It was a pleasure to have you, Kass, and I hope you’ll visit more often. But now, let’s take a look at some of your books, including your latest!


You can buy To Bark or Not To Bark HERE
(GENRE: Cozy Mystery, Book 12 of the Series)

BLURB:

Service dog trainer Marcia Banks tackles a locked room mystery in a haunted house, while training the recipient of her latest dog.

The border collie, Dolly has been trained to clear rooms for an agoraphobic Marine who was ambushed in a bombed-out building. But the phantom attackers in his psyche become the least of his troubles when Marcia finds his ex-wife’s corpse in his master bedroom, with the door bolted from the inside.

Was it suicide or murder? Marcia can’t see her client as a killer, but the local sheriff can.

Then the Marine reports hearing his ex calling for him to join her on the other side of the grave. Is his house really haunted, or is he hallucinating?

Bottom line: Marcia has lost a client to suicide before. She’s not going to lose another!


Author Kassandra Lamb

In her youth, Kassandra Lamb had two great passions—psychology and writing. Advised that writers need day jobs—and being partial to eating—she studied psychology. Her career as a psychotherapist and college professor taught her much about the dark side of human nature, but also much about resilience, perseverance, and the healing power of laughter. Now retired, she spends most of her time in an alternate universe populated by her fictional characters. The portal to this universe (aka her computer) is located in North Central Florida where her husband and dog catch occasional glimpses of her.

NOTE:

 Kassandra’s first series, set in her native Maryland, stars psychotherapist and amateur sleuth, Kate Huntington. In her newer cozy mystery series set in Florida, Marcia (pronounced Mar-see-a, not Marsha) Banks trains service dogs for combat veterans and solves mysteries in her spare time, with the assistance of her Black Labrador sidekick, Buddy.

Book 1 of the Kate Huntington Mystery Series

Book 1 of the Marcia Banks and Buddy Series

Kassandra is now contemplating another series, a police procedural, with a spinoff character from the Kate Huntington mysteries, police lieutenant Judith Anderson.


You Can Buy To Bark or Not To Bark Here:

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39 thoughts on “#TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAbout – Author #KassandraLamb

  1. This was delightful! Loved the silver among the auburn – it’s a great look – and the fact that you’re a lousy seller. Anyone who can be an Avon Lady and end up owing the company money is someone after my own heart and selling skills! I can also see why you cried when you left the horse farm! Marcia, every one of these is a fascinating. The background and experiences of fellow authors always surprise! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. I loved reading that you allowed your silver hair to come to the surface – I understand that! I did it as well – and so glad to make that change. A horse farm sounds beautiful – and I don’t know what a cozy mystery is. I turned 79 in August, and I know the feeling of how in the world did I get here? I enjoyed your list of 10. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks, Lynda. I’m really enjoying my new look.

      A cozy mystery is a lighter mystery, with no swearing, on screen sex and minimal violence and gore. The kind of book you want to curl up with and, well, get cozy. ..lol

      And a belated happy birthday!!

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  3. I love moving, though I have no intention of moving at present I get excited with other people’s moves as well; searching and planning and of course the added excitement/stress of not knowing for sure till the key is in your hand if it will work out.

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  4. It’s great to get to know Kassandra! We have some things in common. I’ve also decided to let my gray hair show through and only putting in a few low lights. 🙂 I like it. I’m 71, so I’m a year older, Kass. 🙂 Thanks for hosting, Marcia. This was fun!

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  5. Hi Kassandra,
    Enjoyed your list, and I am a horsewoman in Maryland! I understand how it would have been hard to leave. But as the leaves are falling as fast as the temperatures these days, I understand. Your mysteries look fun and interesting, and I will have to check them out.
    Marcia,
    Thank you for introducing us to Kassandra!

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  6. It’s lovely to meet you Kassandra! You’ve shared some fun facts about yourself! Marcia, thank you for sharing your site with us! It’s always nice getting to know more about our writer friends. ❤

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  7. So great to learn more about you, Kassandra. Your house farm looks wonderful, almost like the ranch I was brought up on in Canada. I live in Spain now and it is wonderful. You must make it to Spain one day. You would love it!

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