Daphne Uviller’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over

We love a good mystery.  In fact, Lisa’s secret nickname is PI Spice!  Don’t even try to get one past her-her ability to sniff out when something’s fishy is, in the words of Barney Stinson, legendary! (And can be somewhat annoying if you are the fishy-havin’ person…)

So we’re thrilled to have Daphne Uviller sharing her Do’s and a Do-Over on the site today!  She burst onto the scene with Super in the City and her heroine from that novel, Zephyr returns in her second sassy mystery,Hotel No Tell. It’s a lot of fun! Perfect  to read while you’re laying out at the pool and relaxing.

The smart and sassy detective Zephyr Zuckerman is now armed and undercover in a Greenwich Village hotel where mysteries—from garbage-grabbing guests to the reservation system—lurk around every corner.

Now working as a junior detective with the New York City Special Investigations Commission, Zephyr’s gone incognito as a concierge to find out who laundered a hundred grand off the hotel books—and why. But the discovery of a prone, flush-faced guest gasping for air in room 502 only hints at the sinister goings-on inside this funky establishment. While the rapid response of the fire department leads to a sweaty date with a smooth-talking, rock-climbing rescue worker, Zephyr finds herself even more hot and bothered by an attempted murder on her watch. Could the smart-mouthed Japanese yenta across the hall know more than she’s telling? How are cryptic phone calls from a mysterious corporation linked to the victim in 502?  Under pressure and overwhelmed, Zephyr soon finds that a concierge cover is no protection in a place where crime, like the city itself, never sleeps.

Sound fun?  Um, YEAH it does!  And there’s no “mystery” about how to get your own copy. Just leave a comment and you’ll entered to win one of FIVE copies!  We’ll choose the winners on Sunday May 1st after 6pm PST.



1.  Take a break from the books. I took a leave of absence in college, a full year off between sophomore and junior years, and lived in London. I was lonely and depressed and have never before or since turned to art for comfort the way I did that year. Museums, theater – both were cheap for students, and I immersed myself completely. Then I’d return to my cold flat and spew the worst nonsense into one journal after another. But it was the first time in my life I was writing without worrying about being graded or edited. Which is exactly what a writer needs to do to in order to create the essential lousy first draft. Thank you, London!

2.  Follow the fun. When I could swing it financially, I took whatever job sounded interesting, even if it didn’t seem part of an overarching plan. Three years in law enforcement? Really fun, and fifteen years later it turned into fodder for Hotel No Tell. The unpaid internship at The Paris Review? I learned that I wasn’t yet ready to write fiction professionally, and turned to journalism.

3. Sleep around. Okay, that’s a bit of steamy overstatement, but I made the most of the three years between the end of a long-term relationship and meeting my husband. Those dating adventures gave me great stories, taught me loads about adult emotion and relationships – essential for a storyteller – and made it crystal clear to me that there is no other man out there who makes me as happy as my beloved does.

4. Honor the umbilical cord. In my twenties, I was sorely tempted to move to L.A. and pursue television writing, a potential career I was passionate about. I made a difficult and  conscious decision to pass up Hollywood in order to stay east, to be near my parents. Not just near – downstairs. I chose to be a low-paid print writer and remain in the city I love with two of the best people I’ve ever known. And then, whaddya know – the result of that decision became fodder for Super in the City, my first novel. (Nothing and no one is spared.)

5. Pay it forward. I met and befriended Elizabeth Gilbert while I was at The Paris Review (see Follow the Fun, above). I tentatively asked her about a career in writing and by way of answer, she invited me to her upstate home for the day, made a stew, and took me hiking. “There’s plenty of work to go around,” she assured me, and proceeded to share half a dozen professional contacts. Ever since, I have tried my best to be equally kind to aspiring writers.


Turn up the music. I played the flute for ten years, and I kept at it mainly so that I could continue to return to my summer music camp, a place I adored. But I stopped playing in college and it is one of my few but big regrets. I sorely wish I’d kept it up. Playing a musical instrument makes the world a bigger, more beautiful place.

To read more about Daphne, head on over to her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks Daphne!  xoxo, L&L


36 Responses to “Daphne Uviller’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over”

  1. Belinda

    I love your do-over. I played the clarinet and wished I had kept it up. Your book sounds sooooo fun! Hope I win a copy :)

  2. Susan S

    Your books sound great! And I like how you incorporate your life experiences into your books. I guess one writes what one knows. (and more!)

  3. Kimmi

    She sounds so daring. That’s probably why she’s a success.

  4. msamy

    thanks for the teaser….I can’t wait to read the book!! And though I appreciated the “dos”, I couldn’t find the “don’ts”…..obviously, you’re very easy to read- I can tell that from the short “blog” you posted above. That’s a great indication that your book will be impossible to put down……really looking forward to its release~

  5. nina priddy

    i like her way of thinking, glad to hear of a new author, would love to win the book!

  6. Mary Ward

    Just by the witty answers alone, I want to get my hands on this book!

  7. MJK

    I related most to your “pay it forward”. As a personal chef & caterer I was mentored by a pro. In my dream of having my own cafe/bistro, I really want to hire women who just needs someone to give them a chance.

  8. Mary

    I would love to have the time, money and gumption to spend a year abroad. Good for her !

  9. Jeannette P

    Sounds like an excellent book! Hope I win a copy! Great list, too!

  10. Geeta

    Sounds Promising ! Fresh book from a fresh author..Cant wait to flip through the pages..

  11. nova c.

    sounds like a fun, interesting read! can’t wait to read it…

  12. Mary F

    A Japanese yenta? Yowza. Can’t wait to read this book. Love the author’s Dos and the Do-Over. But remember, it’s never too late to dust off that flute.

  13. Jordan W.

    Sounds like a fun read :) I love books based in NYC and this sounds like something totally different than I have ever read before!

  14. Jennifer B

    I have the same regret! I loved playing clarinet – being part of something bigger than myself is one of the finest things in life. I miss that feeling of making music without words, but with lots of other people.

  15. Daphne

    Thank you, one and all. This was a super fun list to write. (And Kimmi, I’m not so daring. I was just young!) I hope everyone enjoys the book!

  16. Elise

    “There’s plenty of work to go around,” is an attitude that isn’t present in every industry, and I’ve been so thrilled and grateful to see it really is there in publishing. As a new author, it has been incredible to find so many established authors willing to share their experiences and give help and advice. Like you, I’m eager to pay it forward when I get the chance!

  17. Jennifer C

    I haven’t heard of these books until now! How fun! Thanks for sharing CLIND!

  18. Caitlin W

    Sounds like such a great book! And I love the do’s and especially the do-over…there are many times I also wish I hadn’t given up playing an instrument – I played the clarinet for 6 years before I stopped.

  19. Shawn N

    I’m considering purchasing this book for my mother for Mother’s Day — I think I’ve found a winner!

    I can’t relate much to the 5 DO’s, but, I do like the DO-OVER. As a college student, I’ve dropped my saxophone playing time down to virtually nil; however, I just might pick it up again!

    Thanks and here’s to a chance at winning the book for Mom!

  20. Kirsten

    I wish I had kept the music going, too. My parents bought me a piano, I took lessons for a year, and then decided it “took too much of my valuable 4th grade time!” Ay, yi, yi. My poor parents!

  21. KLM

    Ohhh, how I would have loved to take a year off of college to live in London and take in the museums and history that surrounds you! Heck, I’d love to leave my life NOW and take off for London!! I’d probably appreciate it more now than I would have when I was 19!

  22. Liz

    Daphne, Thank YOU!!! We loved your Do’s and A Do-Over! xoxo

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