Author spotlight: Joyce Caudel

Welcome cozy-mystery author, Joyce photo

Why do you write fiction?
My imagination can go crazy. It’s a lot of fun making up stories that are character driven. Sometimes the characters just do their own thing, and I’m always surprised how things turn out.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I’m a Red Hat lady, Queen of my chapter, Noble Babes in Red Hats, since 2002. The fun and excitement that happens when an old lady puts on a Red Hat and fancy purple outfit with a group of her friends, goes out to lunch or some other event, she can kick up her heels and forget about the aches and pains of life for a few hours. These women are a sisterhood and when bad things happen, like murder, they ban together. Bad guys should know better than to mess with a lady wearing a red hat.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Most of my book sales have been to Red Hat ladies. These are women over 50 years old and they are the main characters in my books. It can be a wonderful time in one’s life, a time to relax and enjoy the golden years, nothing better than spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and reading a good book.

Please describe your writing routine.
I write best in the morning after a cup of coffee, usually at the computer, but I like to write with pencil and paper. I try to get in at least two hours a day. I keep telling myself to spend more time at it, and I will as soon as I get settled in my new apartment.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Write, write, write! Write whatever comes into you head, at first it may seem silly but it just might turn into a good story you may actually get published some day. Get into a writing class or group that will encourage you and cheer you on. Go to conferences and workshops. Read books on writing by people that have made it. There are several good magazines that I recommend: Writers Digest and The Writer. In other words: learn, learn, learn.

More about The Hat Box Mystery:
The Mystery Mamas are still all about having fun, dressing in their purple finest, sporting their feather boas and topping off their costume with an elegant red hat. The Hat Box Mystery is the second in the series.
second attempt at cover artRachel Davis, a beautiful divorcée, wakes in the wee hours of the morning to find three masked men in her kitchen. Her Great Dane, Jake, brings one of the intruders down but the other two run like scared rabbits. Later when Jake is shot in a drive-by shooting, Rachel wonders if it is the same masked men who broke into her home a few nights earlier. Then Rachel’s uncle, the handsome and very wealthy Milo Jenkins, comes back from his world travels to give Rachel some moral support and perhaps a little romance for one of the Hatties.

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2 Responses to Author spotlight: Joyce Caudel

  1. Joyce Caudel says:

    Annette, thank you for the beautiful post about me and my book. I never dreamed I was so exciting and such a marvelous author. It was good meeting you at the SASP meeting. I enjoyed reading your other author spotlights. Keep up the good work and thank you again.

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