Meet Brook Peterson, mystery author

Brook Peterson writes delightful cozy mysteries that I really have enjoyed! You can find her ebooks in the major wide stores and get signed copies from her Etsy Shop. Her print books can be found on Amazon. You can follow Brook on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

A word from Brook:

For as long as I can remember I have been reading mysteries. By the time I was about ten, I was writing my own and turning them into little stapled paperbacks for my family to read.

I’m thrilled to be writing and publishing real books to share with all of you mystery lovers out there. My stories are sure to include long-held secrets, an antique or two, and a little bit of romance.

What is your favorite holiday/season (fall, Halloween, winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s)?

My favorite season is spring. I love when the trees start to get their leaves and all the flowering bushes are in full show.

Is there a special way you celebrate the holidays?

I’m lucky to live close to my extended family, so we’re able to be together on most holidays for good food and conversation.

Do you write holiday or seasonal books? If so, please give an example

I currently have one holiday book, “The Present Predicament” is a Christmas Novella and is a companion story to my Jericho Falls Cozy Mysteries. It’s available for free when subscribing to my newsletter, https://storyoriginapp.com/giveaways/fde6d1ee-4ebf-11eb-b968-cb381dcb659d

and also for sale as an ebook on all major retailers and in print via Amazon.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

            Yes! I was a voracious reader as a kid and by the time I was about ten I knew I wanted to write my own. I started by writing and illustrating (really horrible) stories and making little stapled paperbacks for my family.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

            It’s a back and forth process for me, but I’d say I first start to explore a character and see where he/she takes me.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

            I wrote for my college newspaper. When I was given the assignment to interview the Chief of Police about an on-campus death and later learned that he revealed more to me in the interview than he intended, I was very proud.

What tools of the trade do you use the most?

            I write primarily in GoogleDocs because I love the ease of writing in bed on my laptop, in my office on my desktop, in my car on my phone, etc. It’s always backed up and easy to share with beta readers.

            I’m old school in that I typically keep a spiral notebook going on each story where I write down ideas.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

            I love Grandma Lily from the Jericho Falls Cozy Mysteries. I had close relationships with my grandmothers and now get the pleasure of seeing the special connection my daughter has with my mom and mother-in-law. Grandma Lily is a composite of all these special women.

How did you choose the setting for your book?

I absolutely love gold-mining era history and have visited “ghost towns” such as Virginia City, NV, Silver City, ID, and Idaho City, ID. When I wanted to start a cozy series I decided there wasn’t a better place to set it than an old town with lots of history and lots of secrets. Jericho Falls was born!

What books or authors have most influenced your writing?

            My biggest mystery-writer influence is Sue Grafton. I started her alphabet series featuring P.I. Kinsey Millhone when I was in middle school and impatiently awaited the release of each book in the series. I love her storytelling style, the loveable recurring characters, and the tight mysteries.

There are so many talented authors who share their love of Christmas through their books. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough. Meeting each of these authors and the authors from the Cozy Mystery Christmas Anthology should make your selection a bit easier, I hope!

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