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Monday, September 10, 2012

Review/Pineapples in Peril

Cheryl Lynn Martin's Pineapples in Peril
Just when you thought you were all grown up, along comes the Hawaiian Island Detective Club to prove you're still a child at heart. Leilani and her friends are smack dab in the middle of a mystery. Smashed pineapples everywhere. Mmm, I can smell them from here, sweetly announcing there's a mystery at hand.

Cheryl has a way with writing for middle schoolers, but little does she know, she has this writer hooked on the mysteries as well. Leilani reminds me what it is to be young again with all the enthusiasm only a young teen can have and get away with it. Your tweens are gonna love Pineapples.

Spend some time with Cheryl and get an idea what makes her tick!
Cheryl, you seem to know a lot about Hawaii. What inspired you to write this book?
I have always loved Hawaii ever since I lived there while attending The University of Hawaii. I combined that with my interest in writing for ages 8-12 years and The Hawaiian Island Detective Club was born!

Any other books in the series?
The three books in this series are entitled Pineapples in Peril, Menehunes Missing, and Ukuleles Undercover.

Any interesting experiences while living in Hawaii?
Yes! I learned to surf, got scared by a pipefish while snorkeling (thought it was an eel!), nearly lost my suit while body surfing, ate every kind of island food I could—including poi, took hula classes, and performed at my dorm’s luau. I loved every moment of island life!


What is the writing process like for you?
When I’m writing a new book, I mark my calendar for ten weeks of 5,000 words each week and dedicate several hours each weekday to reach that goal. I do any catch-up word count necessary over the weekends. My books are all around 50,000 words! I do very little editing when I’m in the “writing mode!”

Do you know at the beginning of the mystery who will be the culprit?
Not usually. I’m not a “plotter” but I do need to know what the mystery is and also something about where I’m going. The in-between can take many unusual turns before the real culprit is revealed.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a writer?
Favorite: Coming up with a great new idea for my next book. Also, reaching the end!
Least Favorite: Because I write “Seat of the Pants,” I hate having to go back and “fix” things that don’t work anymore when I go off in some strange new direction!

What advice do you have for new writers?
If you’re goal oriented, try setting a reasonable word count goal that allows for you to get ahead at times and gives you make-up time as well. Also, set aside that time to simply sit down and write—don’t go to any e-mails, facebook pages, etc. It’s all about planting yourself in front of that computer and pounding out the words!


What is Pineapples in Peril about?
Leilani Akamai and her two best friends, Maile and Sam decide to investigate the vandalism taking place in the pineapple fields near their homes. They’ve been The Hawaiian Island Detective Club for years, solving pretend mysteries. This is their chance to solve a real one. Unless, of course, Kimo, Leilani’s annoying ten-year-old brother ruins everything. And then there’s Maile’s 16-year-old brother who’s the love of Leilani’s life.
Ahh . . . the angst of adolescence!

Do your characters ever get into messes?
Oh my, do they! When they’re planning stakeouts and following people, Leilani and her friends have found themselves in some weird and sometimes scary situations.
Which character is most like you, and why?
Probably Leilani. She is determined, yet in many ways has issues with her confidence. She also finds herself in trouble a lot, even though it always seems to be her brother’s fault. Yup, I have a younger brother! When are Books Two and Three of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club coming out and what are their titles?
Menehunes Missing has a tentative release date of February 5, 2013.
Ukuleles Undercover will probably be out in the summer or early fall of 2013.

Who or what inspires you?
I was first inspired to write as a child, reading Nancy Drew. I knew at that young age that I would one day write a mystery!
Striving to do what God has placed in front of me motivates me to keep pressing forward. Sharing wholesome mysteries filled with fun, humor, mishaps and unexpected moments for kids to enjoy also motivates me to continue this amazing journey.

Tell us a little about your family:
I have a great husband, three amazing kids and Lilly, a Persian cat who’s definitely “The Queen.”

How can your readers connect with you?
My website address is I also have a blog all about Hawaii at
You can also connect with me on my facebook author page at
Twitter at
If “tweeters” would like to comment on The Hawaiian Island Detective Club, they can add the hashtag: #HIDC


  1. Thank you, Linda, for putting together a wonderful review and fun interview! You are a great supporter, and I appreciate your encouraging and uplifting words. Mahalo and Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. You're right, Linda. Cheryl's book works for those of us who remain young at heart. Good interview.

  3. Thanks, Normandie for visiting and commenting. Your support is so appreciated! Did you know my tag line is "Mysteries for kids and kids at heart." ??? Aloha! --Cheryl

  4. Niiiiiiiiice!!! This book is so awesome! Can't wait to read the entire series and get them for my granddaughters! Thanks for the great post, Linda and Cheryl!

  5. Wow... great post, Linda, and congrats, Cheryl, on the debut of your book--with others to come! I'm sure they'll all be a big success, with the young, old, and young-at-heart :-)


  6. Thanks so much for taking time to visit and comment, Karla and Deb! It's been fun to see how much my reviewers have enjoyed Pineapples in Peril, and to read their comments. I can't wait for it to release!

    Thanks, again, for your support! Aloha! --Cheryl