What: Kate Dyer-Seeley discusses her latest mystery novels

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sunriver Books & Music, 57100 Beaver Drive, Suite 25-C

Cost: free, registration requested

Contact: sunriverbooks.com or 541-593-2525

Ashland mystery author Kate Dyer-Seeley has been writing multiple series almost from the start of her career as a novelist. But even by her prolific standards, 2018 was a hectic year with seven (not a typo — yes seven) books released.

“This year, I only have two books coming out, so it feels like I have this abundance of time on my hands and I might have to start another series,” Dyer-Seeley joked.

Since 2014, the author has published 18 novels and a short story as part of four cozy mystery series — all set in the Pacific Northwest. “Cozies” are a crime fiction subgenre that downplay sex and violence and are either set in a very small community or have a small cast of characters.

Dyer-Seeley’s original Pacific Northwest outdoor series concluded in November 2017 with its fifth novel (set in Bend) featuring Meg Reed, a bumbling young journalist who pretends to be an outdoor enthusiast. Her new Rose City series was launched in 2018 and so far includes two books about Britta Johnston, who is restarting her life after a failed marriage and working in a floral boutique in Portland. Under pen name Ellie Alexander, the author has also published nine installments in her popular Jules Capshaw bakeshop series set in Ashland. She has also penned two books in the brewpub-themed Sloan Krause mystery series, which launched in October 2017 and is set in Leavenworth, Washington.

At an event Saturday in Sunriver, Dyer-Seeley will discuss her three latest novels: “The Pint of No Return,” “Violet Tendencies” and “Live and Let Pie.”

Dyer-Seeley clearly loves a good laugh, and the titles of each of her stories are puns tied to their respective themes such as “Another One Bites the Crust,” “Death on Tap” and “In Cave Danger.”

“It’s so fun, and the puns are meant to be ridiculous,” Dyer-Seeley said. “But it takes a while to come up with the titles. Everyone is involved in it — family and friends, even my editor and agent.”

Dyer-Seeley worked as a speech pathologist until her mid-30s when her son was born. At that point, she wanted a career that offered more flexibility, so she began writing community newspaper pieces and magazine articles on a freelance basis. She wrote a memoir, “Underneath the Ash: My Journey into Motherhood While Losing My Mother,” which was published in 2011 and toyed with the idea of writing a novel. But it wasn’t until a family hike to the top of the Angels Rest Trail near Corbett, that the premise for a mystery novel was hatched.

“I was standing at the lookout and thought, ‘Wow, someone could easily fall from here … or be murdered,’” Dyer-Seeley said. She pitched her manuscript for “Scene of the Climb” to agents at the Willamette Writers Conference the following summer and received seven offers of representation. Shortly after that, her book was sold to Kensington Publishing in a three-book deal.

“I know that’s absolutely not how these things usually happen,” Dyer-Seeley said. “I was just really lucky to have an idea that filled a void at the right place and time for the market.”

Before “Scene of the Climb,” was released, Dyer-Seeley’s agent was approached by an editor from Macmillan Publishers who was looking for a mystery series with a culinary theme, along the lines of the “Gilmore Girls” television show. A keen amateur baker, Dyer-Seeley jumped at the chance and her bakeshop series was born.

As a new author with two mystery novels scheduled to be released within six months of each other in 2014, Dyer-Seeley opted to use a pen name for the bakeshop series to help differentiate it from the Pacific Northwest outdoor series, using the middle names of her mother and son — Ellie and Alexander. She has continued to use her own name for the two series published by Kensington and the pen name for the two Macmillan series.

Juggling multiple series and often tight deadlines, the author has fine-tuned her writing process in order to stay on schedule and keep all the plots, characters and timelines straight.

“I’m pretty regimented,” Dyer-Seeley said. “I drop my son off at school and write 2,000 words per day. I”m often done by 1 or 2 p.m. so then I will do some marketing or research or work on perfecting my recipes.” All the recipes featured in the bakeshop novels are her own creations.

Dyer-Seeley works on one book at a time, completing her first draft from start to finish in around six weeks without any editing, although she keeps a notebook with ideas and reminders for later edits and revisions. She then lets that draft sit for up to several months while she drafts or edits another book.

“That gets me out of the head space from the first series and gives me some distance,” Dyer-Seeley said. “Then when I go back to that first draft for edits, I can really see the gaping holes and problems clearly.”

Each time she transitions from one book or series to another, the author also transforms her office with different pictures and playlists relevant to the characters and setting.

Despite her already packed schedule, Dyer-Seeley isn’t planning to slow down any time soon. Her 10th bakeshop novel, “Cup of Holiday Fear,” will be released in September and the third Leavenworth beer series novel, “Beyond a Reasonable Stout,” will be out in October.

“I can get bored easily, so I’m always trying to figure out ways to challenge myself,” she said. “I have five ideas on my white board right now percolating in the back of my mind, and I can definitely see myself writing something else in a totally different genre at some point.”

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