The fire is crackling, candles are lit. There’s soft jazz playing and wine is chilling in the glasses. It’s a perfect setting for romance. Until your protaganist gets caught up with solving a murder.
That’s what a love-kissed cozy is all about. Setting the mood, getting to know the characters and finding out who-done-it. Over the next several weeks, I will be introducing you to some masters of the love-kissed cozies. So take a sip of that wine, put your feet up and lets get to know our first author.
Meet Reagan Davis
Reagan Davis is the pen name for a wonderful woman who lives in Toronto with her family and lots of pets. She is an established knitwear designer, and you can clearly see this as you read her series, A Knitorious Murder Mystery. I have to admit, after reading book one, I was ready to pick my knitting needles back up! To find out more about her books, check out her Amazon Author page or her Website.
A small-town yarn store owner joins forces with her well-meaning, quirky friends and family to solve crimes. This charming cozy mystery series will entertain crafters, pet lovers, and foodies alike.
This series is for you if you like clever mysteries with a dash of humour, small town life, a hint of romance, lovable characters, and dogs and cats.
Now, lets get on with the interview…
Which is more important to your book, the mystery or the love story?
This depends on who you ask. My intention was to write satisfying mysteries for clever readers. I added humour and romance to give the characters depth and make them relatable. However, as the series progressed, readers would contact me more about the main character’s relationship than about the mystery itself. Or they’d mention the mystery brieﬂy before delving into the personal relationships of the characters.
What type of love story plays out in your book—friends to love, enemy to love, instant love, or something else?
It’s kind of a second chance romance. Both characters were previously married, but not to each other. Both were understandably hesitant to jump into a new relationship and risk making the same mistakes. They’ve taken their relationship slow and made an effort to ﬁt into each other’s already established lives and families.
Does the love element cause problems for your protagonist?
Yes. The lines between their personal life and his professional life become quite blurred sometimes and they feel like their relationship is a huge conﬂict of interest. However they are not antagonistic. She respects the professional boundaries of his job, and he respects and appreciates the unique perspective she provides about the people and situations in their small town. They see each other as members of the same team and support each other.
What inspired you to start writing?
Publishing a ﬁction book was on my bucket list. I love reading cozy mysteries, so this was the only genre I ever considered. I’d planned to write a three-book series and check o become a
published ﬁction author. But readers received the books with so much enthusiasm and support, that the series is now twelve books strong and I’m currently writing the ﬁrst book in a spin-o series.
Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Yes! Whenever a character references a song title or artist in one of my books, it’s actually a reference to what I was listening to while writing that scene. I try to include a few in each book.
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Once upon a time, in a previous career, I was peripherally involved in a real-life murder investigation when a client was investigated for his wife’s murder. (He was never charged).
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m an avid knitter and reader. I also love cozy mystery TV shows and movies.
Victoria LK Williams
Check out my cozies and see if you can find the romance within the mysteries