Author Interview: Halloween Hi-Jinx by Annee Jones

Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Book Tour for Halloween Hi-Jinx by Annee Jones! Check out the book feature, Author Interview & Giveaway below!

About the Book

Book: Halloween Hi-Jinx

Author: Annee Jones

Genre: Clean Cozy Mystery

Release date: October 14, 2022

Halloween Hi-Jinx

Jinx the cat has a bad reputation for always being in the wrong place at the wrong time – and this Halloween turns out to be no different….

His former owners called him “Cursed” – blamed him for their troubles that began occurring after they got him, which is reason he was turned back into the shelter.  But Clarissa Lightfoot, owner of the new Cat Café doesn’t believe it and wants to help clear his name, so she brings him to the new café (doubling as a halfway house for homeless animals).  – There’s no such thing as a Cursed Cat…. Or is there???

The Cat Café is hosting a costume party fundraiser for Halloween to help homeless animals.  After the party, it’s discovered that someone stole $$ from the cash register, and Clarissa is implicated in the crime.

Someone wants her & her new café to go “Poof” and disappear – but who & why?

Can Jinx – along with handsome police officer Cody Shelton – help discover who’s playing tricks on Clarissa this Halloween?

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About the Author

Author Annee Jones loves to write all things romance, fantasy, cozy mystery, & more. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true, and love wins in the end!

Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.

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My favorite genres to read include:  

Nonfiction:  Bible studies, Christian living, theology/ philosophy. Mind-body health and wellness.  Eastern/ western healing and medicine.  I love reading about scientific discoveries as well. Discovery Magazine, Scientific American. I also love conducting historical research on a wide variety of topics pertaining to my historical fiction novels. 

I’m a disability and trauma counselor in the legal sector, and have always been fascinated with mind-body wellness, our place in the universe, and a relationship with God. 

Fiction: Mystery, romance, and fantasy. These have been my favorite genres to read all my life, and now I write them as well as read them!  😊 I love writing in a variety of subgenres within these 3 as well. 

How do you pick your characters personalities, or looks?

I don’t really feel I choose their personalities, looks, or stories themselves. I feel as though the characters come to me and tell me who they are. I feel I’m transcribing their stories that have been laid on my heart to tell.  Once I know their story, I feel compelled to write them. 

Do you have a genre that you would never write? (In the Christian genre sphere i.e. speculative, historical, contemporary, etc.)

A genre I would never write would be erotica!  My stories are all sweet and clean, with happy endings.  I don’t feel drawn to sci-fi, apocalyptic, or dystopian genres either.  I feel very much at home writing:

Mystery: cozy, romantic suspense, thriller, etc. 

Romance: historical, contemporary, paranormal

Fantasy: Fairytale retellings, YA fantasy  

Once an idea takes root, how long does it take you to write it down? 

Once an idea takes root, I write it down immediately. I usually know the whole story at once (or at least within 24 hours) and have hundreds of files of storylines saved for when the time is right. 

Favorite childhood books:

Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Walk in Wolf Wood by Mary Stewart

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Trixie Belden by Kathryn Kenny

The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Do you have a favorite author? Or someone whom you would say has influenced your writing style?

Authors I most admire are the classics:  Isak Dinesen, Joseph Conrad, The Bronte Sisters, Dickens, Poe, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, J. R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Conrad, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson. I love the classics. 

Modern high literature such as Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Louis Bayard. I love Amish fiction as well (Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, Kathleen Fuller, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Patricia Johns, Lisa Jones Baker). Cozy mysteries: Rhys Bowen, Leslie Meier, Ellery Adams, Bailey Cates, Carol J. Perry, Krista Davis, to name a few.  

 What are your hobbies other than writing?

When I’m not writing, I love to practice Barre, yoga, & dance-based fitness (I used to be a yoga instructor and have a dance & fitness background), spend time with my daughter and family, go to church, and of course read (always).  😊  Fun fact – when time allows, I freelance for Publishers Weekly magazine and a number of other traditional publishers as a professional book reviewer in the areas of mystery, romance, Christian living, and Christian fiction.


To celebrate her tour, Annee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Visit the other stops on the Halloween Hi-Jinx Book tour!

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 14

Artistic Nobody, October 15 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Inklings and notions, October 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 18 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, October 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 20

Beauty in the Binding, October 21 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, October 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 23

Through the Fire Blogs, October 24 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 25

Blogging With Carol, October 26

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  1. Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Halloween Hi-Jinx

  2. I love the cover and Halloween Hi-Jinx sounds like a fun read for me to enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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