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All About: Murder on Castaway Island by Alicia Gael

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Murder on Castaway Island

by Alicia Gael

Released: Jan 25, 1924

Genre: Mystery

Why this book and why now?

I love the retelling of old stories, bringing them up to date and adding a twist. In this case taking Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, and giving it a modern day, queer twist. Agatha Christie was my grandmother’s favorite author, and And Then Were None, is a classic mystery. So what better story to retell?

Would you and your main character(s) get along?

Phyl is a friendly, easy going kind of person who gets along with everyone, so I have no doubt we’d get along. She is also writer who wishes she could write her own novel and finally does. So we have that in common.

What TV show would your main character(s) most likely binge watch and why?

Phyl would binge on the TV show Castle because she’d want to rewrite it and turn Richard Castle into Rachel Castle. And of course Rachel is a lesbian.

What 3 things would your main character want with them if they got stranded away from civilization, and why?

Having been stranded on Castaway Island, Phyl knows the value of a dependable cell phone. So this time around she’d have a satellite phone. She’d also want her notebook and Monte Blanc pen so she can start outlining her next book while she waits to be rescued.

One of your main characters is planning a romantic night. Tell us about it.

Phyl promised Virgie a romantic night in a five star hotel. She’d get a suite at the Wall Street Hotel in New York City, with a very large soaking tub, fluffy robs and chilled Champaign.

Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and it’s time to party! Choose a celebratory beverage for one of your main characters to toast the release of your new book.

Preferring Prosecco over Champagne, Phyl would start the celebration with a Prosecco G&T (large glass, fill with ice, add 25ml Prosecco, 50ml Gordon’s pink gin, and 50 ml lemonade, garnish sliced strawberries or raspberries,) then Justin (California) Cabernet with dinner, and end the evening with Amaretto on the rocks.

What song does your character put on to start your book launch party?

Paperback Writer by The Beatles. Phyl (and this writer) play it whenever they need motivation, so it’s only fitting that it be the first song played at the launch party.

Meet the Author!

Alicia Gael (she/her) has a Creative Writing Certificate from UC San Diego Extension, a master’s in criminology from CSU Fresno, is a graduate of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s writing academy and is a member of the Coastal Dunes chapter of the California Writers Club. She is also a retired probation officer and criminal justice professor. Her short stories have been published in, The Bangalore Review (Deception) and The Quiet Reader (No Time For Stories.) The first chapter of her yet to be completed historical fiction novel, The Journey, was published in the 2022 CA Writer’s Literary Review anthology.

When not writing, you’ll find her reading, kayaking, or playing the ukulele. She lives near the California central coast with her wife Donna.

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