I love your theme of natural healing in the books. If someone wanted to start choosing some natural treatments, what one ingredient would you say they should get for their pantry/medicine cabinet? Why this one first?
First of all thanks for having me over to visit, second, if I was going to start with one thing, it would be an aloe plant. You can put it on your windowsill and if you have a minor burn, or sunburn, you just cut the leaf, and the aloe oozes out and you can apply it! My other favorite is lavender, it’s great for stress reduction. Put 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil in your bath with Epsom salt and have a good soak, or put a few drops on your pillow or create a sachet to help you relax and go to sleep. I look for lavender in shampoo and body care products too, that and patchouli. Kiss My Face is a good brand and NO animal testing. I always look for that.
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For someone that was completely new to natural remedies, what guidebook or website would you recommend for their journey?
Mother Earth Living, Organic Living and The Essential Herbal websites are all are great – even Prevention features natural remedies now. As for books, anything by Brigitte Mars, a master herbalist and healer with over 30 years of experience and Rosemary Gladstar, grand dame of herbal lore. In fact, Rosemary wrote the foreward for our latest book which is intended to help you feel happier: The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing: Easy-to-Use Natural Remedies, Herbs, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Supplements, and Therapeutic Practices for Health, Happiness, and Well-Being. Our first book together, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally is for everyday complaints and is a good reference book to keep around the home. People seem to like them, so that’s good!
Since you have the fiction mysteries and your non-fiction works, I have to ask- do you work on projects simultaneously. Or do you have to complete one before beginning another?
I prefer to work on one after the other but that isn’t always possible. In that case, I block out time for one and then switch to the other book. It keeps things interesting! I also write articles for natural health magazines like Natural Health, Spirituality & Health and Green Living so I have to make time for this as well. It’s nice to be able to follow my interest in natural health to fiction, non-fiction and journalism!
What’s been the most surprising thing about being an author?
What hard work is really is to take a book from idea to completion. First comes the idea, but then you need to build that into a workable outline, then write the book! And then edit it and then incorporate your editor’s notes and the copy editor’s and proofreader’s notes. The other not-so-surprising thing is the feeling of accomplishment and with my health titles and natural remedy advice, the feeling that I’m helping others by providing information, and solutions.
What was the first mystery book you remember reading (not necessarily a cozy- but a mystery)? What impression did it leave?
Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie! I wished that I could come up with the convoluted plots like she did! I love to watch Poirot and Marple on Masterpiece Mystery too. When I read the Christie novels I never imagined that I could do the same thing—you know, be a writer, like that! It was only when I read Dying for Chocolate by one of my favorite authors Diane Mott Davidson that I thought, now this I can do!
What’s your next book about?
The next book is Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery and it features our lively and thriving wine and vineyard community on the East End of Long Island. Expect murders with poisonous plants and murder by wine! It takes place during the week before Halloween and fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I’m able to use the activities usual on this day including a masked ball! and incorporate all of my good feelings about this beautiful season on the East End of Long Island, NY.
PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF?
Suspicion is unearthed when an outspoken surgeon turns up dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal herb garden.
A bitter battle has sprouted in the village of Greenport on the eve of the annual maritime festival: Willow McQuade has transformed a vacant lot alongside Nature’s Way Market & Café into a beautiful garden of healing plants—as much a tribute to her late aunt Claire, the shop’s beloved founder, as an enlightening educational center. The town board awarded Willow the plot fair and square, but that’s not how some folks see it—including Dr. Charles White, who invested in plans to develop a high-end hotel on the property. When the belligerent surgeon publicly threatens Willow during the festival, Willow’s boyfriend, Jackson Spade, ratchets up the hostile confrontation to defend the woman he loves, sowing seeds of guilt that take root by the time Dr. White’s corpse turns up amongst Willow’s chamomile and ashwaganda plants. To prove Jackson’s innocence, she must dig deep to bring a killer to light.
About This Author
CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is the author of the previous Natural Remedies mysteries, Scent to Kill, and Death Drops, as well as six nonfiction books on natural healing and herbal remedies. Also a freelance journalist specializing in alternative health topics, her work has appeared in Natural Health, Spirituality & Health, Mother Earth Living, Green Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Vegetarian Times, and Remedy. She lives in Greenport, New York with her 3 dachshunds and 2 cats, three of which are rescues. Visit www.chrystlefiedler.com, or follow her on Facebook, and Twitter.
You can see my writing work here: https://chrystlefiedler.contently.com