Why do you write cozy mysteries?
When I first started writing, I hadn’t heard the term. I just knew that I like to write with a sense of suspense and humor. In fact, I couldn’t do one without the other. I think that makes for a more interesting and refreshing story arch. It was publisher who identified my genre as cozy, but I like to think of it as cozy with a bite.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I worked in news and talk radio for twenty five years and when I retired I was intrigued with the idea about writing a mystery series about what I experienced firsthand. Listeners think they know that bodiless voice and often would call in after a show to talk; they would reveal so much more than they might in person or to law enforcement.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Cozy readers are mostly women 45+, but I like to think both men and woman 35+ would find The Carol Childs Mysteries of interest. Particularly those searching for a complex mystery with several subplots dealing both with the crime and interpersonal relationships.
Please describe your writing routine.
I write everyday, all day. I take numerous breaks. I never try to push myself for several solid hours at one sitting. Rather I schedule lunch and breaks throughout the day, but I’m always in the office by 7:45 a.m. and I never leave before 4 p.m. On average, I write about 3 to 4 hours a day.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Read. Write, and rewrite. Writing is in the rewriting. Never sit down to write to a word count. Rather, write a scene and when that scene done, write another. Most importantly, when you’re finished, put it aside for awhile, then review it with fresh eyes, maybe a month later.
More about Without A Doubt:
As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation.
In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts — pitting them against one another — before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.
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