Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire or a living history museum? I’ve been to both, and I find them fascinating. At the Renaissance Faire I attended with my family many years ago, my son was knighted Sir Scooby of Doo (because he was wearing a Scooby Doo shirt) by the queen. In lieu… Read More
Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle Trent is using for the new
cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an
embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and
features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something,
entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.
Amanda/Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband
and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She’s a
full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle
washer, and she loves every minute of it. Okay, not the
bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.
by Sofie Ryan The Second Chance Cat series has, as you can guess from the name, a cat in it. He’s a black cat named Elvis, with an impressive scar on his nose and an uncanny ability to tell when people are lying. The series also has a quartet of senior citizen sleuths: Charlotte’s Angels,… Read More
In my former life I worked at a hairstylist and makeup artist. So it’s not surprising to find a hairstylist or makeup artist in my books. I guess I can’t imagine a world where someone wouldn’t need to have their hair done. When I worked in the salon we used to joke that the cutting… Read More
by Wanda Boyle Community Correspondent, the Cape Crier as told to B.B. Haywood Author’s Note: Cape Willington, Maine, serves as the setting and background for the Candy Holliday Murder Mystery Series. The scenic coastal village is home to blueberry farmer Candy Holliday and her father, Henry “Doc” Holiday, who run Blueberry Acres—and often work together… Read More
I blame Nancy Drew for my life of crime. Reading it and writing it, that is. I was ten when I borrowed The Secret of Shadow Ranch from a cousin. It was the first mystery I ever read, and I was hooked. Then, to my delight, I discovered this was only one of a long… Read More
Hello, my name is Sheila Connolly and I write three ongoing mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. In my spare time I write short stories and self-publish single-title mysteries. And suspense. And romance, with a little paranormal stuff thrown in. And I am an addict. People look at me and ask, how do you do… Read More
I always get a little nostalgic around Christmas time—longing for a simpler, gentler time when Christmas wasn’t commercial. That was one of the main reasons for writing my Lady Georgie book, THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS. It’s set in a little English village in Devonshire. Stone cottages, a brook running through it, a hunt on… Read More
Top ten reasons you don’t want to enter a baking contest against Phyllis Newsom: 10. Your conversation at the Pearly Gates with St. Peter: “All I did was knock on her door!” 9. All of your dirty little secrets are no longer secrets. 8. You wind up on the TV news and your hair is… Read More
In our family room my husband is watching a Hallmark movie about a gorgeous judge-cum-shampoo-model in a small coastal town where no one locks his door and all the parked cars have keys in them. A thieves paradise, yet the crime rate is barely above 0 (and that’s because sweet old Mr. C is losing… Read More
When you’ve gone your whole life feeling like you’re different, it wouldn’t seem that having your dear aunt Lucy spring the news that you’re a hereditary hedgewitch would be a good way to start fitting in. However, for Katie Lightfoot, the main character of my Magical Bakery Mysteries, that’s exactly how she began to learn where, and… Read More
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CHANGING TO A DIFFERENT GENRE?
By Kat Martin One of the questions people continue to ask me is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense. I have to say it’s never easy to do. Publishers are not risk takers. They always want to take the safe road. It’s easier for them to sell… Read More