Meet Erin Scoggins

I’m thrilled to start the interviews for the twenty-one authors involved with the Midsummer Cozy Mystery Anthology, Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders, with Erin Scoggins. Erin writes the laugh-out-loud series The Wedding Crashers Mysteries. A southerner herself, you can easily get a feel for the small-town-south; including the food, families and killer plots. Be sure to follow Erin on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Erin Scoggins

It’s a beach party twenty years in the making. But when a kidnapper delivers a ransom note instead of a love letter on the morning of their anniversary, can this overworked attorney find her missing husband before the tide goes out the life she had planned?

Now let’s find out a bit about Erin…

Can you give us some insight into what makes your main character tick?
Scoots Gillespie is an attorney who has spent the last few decades climbing the ladder at her North Carolina law firm, and that has often meant putting her job above her husband. When he is kidnapped on the morning of their twentieth anniversary, and she must choose between finding her husband and going after a once-in-a-lifetime promotion, she is forced to clarify what really matters to her. But a lifetime of secrets makes that decision harder than she ever imagined.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
My characters are Southern smart alecks who always like to have a say in their own stories, so they come first. You never want to discount the opinion of a woman who knows a thousand different ways to hide your body.

Everyone takes a tote bag with them when they head out for a day at the beach. What’s in yours?
I used to envision the perfect beach day as only needing chilled mimosas and a good book or two. Then I had kids. So now I pack the entire car with everything one of them might need, whether that’s a basket of curated snacks or a full first aid kit, because I will have a headache and one of my darling littles will undoubtedly need stitches or a visit to the ER by the time the day is over.

If it was just me, though? Earplugs, sweet potato chips, and the highest SPF sunscreen they make, because I get freckles by just walking to the mailbox.Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Oh, yes. I adore Beverlee Wells-Bartholomew, because she is the vibrant, colorful friend we all need. Whether it’s showing up with tacos when you’re having a bad night or pushing you to get out of your comfort zone by buying you chain-mail lingerie, Beverlee is the one you want by your side throughout life’s ups and downs. She has a lot of sass, questionable morals, and knows more than one way to revenge-poison an ex. That kind of loyalty is hard to find.


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Meet Karen Kalbacher

Karen and I started working together on my very first book, 9 years ago, and it has been a joy to work with her from day one. I found Karen on Fiverr.com under the name of fuzzym and fell in love with her colorful, eye catching covers. It didn’t take long for the two of us to get a feeling of how we work and we soon had the first cover ready for the Citrus Beach Series. Karen listened to what I wanted to accomplish, gently steered me in the right direction when I was total wrong and before long we had more covers ready to show off my mysteries. Now, when I need a new cover, I simple give her a few guides and let her work her magic. And every time, I never have a moment of hesitation or worry if the cover is going to work.

Be sure to visit Karen’s Fiverr account to see her work and rates at  https://www.fiverr.com/fuzzym and you can see more of her portfolio at https://1fuzzymonster.wordpress.com/portfolio/

Let’s find out a bit more about Karen and her work process...

What 3 questions do you ask a writer before you start their cover?

It’s different for each author because some come to me with a complete idea of what they want, and others come with a blank slate. I generally ask about the size first because that informs the shape of the images I am creating. I would also ask if they had a style they love. It’s smart to come to me with a few covers that caught your eye. That helps me get an idea of your aesthetic. The third thing I ask about is the genre. Mystery has a different look from Kidlit or ChickLit. I will match that style, so audiences recognize the genre from the cover.

I see you also write children’s books. How did you get started?

I like the whimsy of books for children. The themes are wholesome and fun. They lend themselves to more fantastical settings and the characters can be animals which I love. I write a little bit of everything, but children’s books are where you get to have fun.

What is your favorite genre to create covers for?

Cozy Mystery. The covers always tell a story. I like to add a zillion little details to the covers and they are a creative collaboration with the author. The colors tend to be brighter than a mystery novel and the art is slightly more sophisticated than the kidlit covers. They have a nice balance to them.

What trends do you see with covers, especially in the Cozy Mystery Genre?

There are a few trends. The covers either have a domestic scene like a bakery or a boutique with a clue to the murder on the cover, or an elegant landscape or your main character off to one side with a scene from the book playing out behind them. I’m not going to bore you with talk about fonts, but they tend to have the author’s name centered on the bottom. The Titles vary but as a rule tend to use a brush stroke style with a sans serif underneath it. White is popular for titles and a heavy drop shadow doesn’t hurt. Cats or pets on the cover almost as if the pet were the protagonist is hot right now.

What, in your opinion, are the essential elements of a good cover?

Clean, legible fonts are the backbone of any cover. The cover picture elements should overlap to create depth. If everything has a space around it, the image appears flat. Composition for me normally follows the idea of the golden triangle. That’s a fancy way of saying I move things around until it feels right. It should also follow the rules of the genre it is in. Mystery novels do not look like romance covers for a reason and that reason is marketing.

 Describe your working space

I live in a one-bedroom, so my living room is my office. I have two workspaces. There’s an HP-all-in-one on a corner desk when I am feeling professional but for the most part I sit on my sofa, put my laptop on a pillow with a picture of a cheetah on it and work while I listen to podcasts. Sitting crisscross applesauce is the key to good art.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend working on a cover?

When I begin work on a cover, it goes in stages. So, the first day it maybe an hour or two for some concept sketches. I will draw out three to four thumbnails for new clients. Once the client had a layout they like, I can spend 3-6 hours on a cover backdrop. I will check in periodically with the client to make sure we are on the same page. Each project is its own beast but covers can take anywhere from 3 hours to 18 hours depending on construction, complexity of the image, and changes. I would say on average about 6 hours.

I hope this gave you some insight about cover designs. I can’t wait to see what Karen (fuzzym) comes up next for me!

Victoria LK Williams

It’s More Than Words

Over the last few months, you have met some wonderful authors. It was interesting to learn about them and their writing process.

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As authors, we have many tools at our disposal, it’s not just a pen and paper process for most of us any more. There are many digital programs that can help us plot, research, organize, edit, format and write the story. The words can be arranged and rearranged with just the move of a mouse, creating our stories, letting each writer tell our tale the way we want. The tools help you read the final story, with out you every thinking about how they became a book.

But it’s more than words that tell our story. And that’s where my next few interviews come from.

You are going to meet three talented woman who create the pictures behind my words; my illustrators! Each has a story to share, and I’m thrilled to bring them to you. From the characters to the settings, the color pallet to the letter fonts; these elements create the covers of my book to help you, the reader, have a glimpse of what mystery, adventure, romance and furry fun you are in for.

A book without a great cover is just pages pressed together. The covers are the icing on the cake, and my cover creators are like a master chief. I hope you will enjoy these interviews as they come to you.

Victoria LK Williams

Meet Katherine H. Brown

Katherine is a Texas girl who has two adorable girls and adoring husband. (Perfect for a romance flavored cozy, right?) She writes cozy mysteries, romantic fantasy adventure and children’s books. You can find all her books on Amazon or her website. And don’t forget to follow her on Facebook.

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Charity Basham and her crafting cohorts have decided to give back to the community. The heart-shaped pillows created during craft night at Sassy Supplies Crafts & More are on their way to patients in the breast cancer ward of Becksville’s hospital for a Valentine’s surprise.
But when the heartfelt mission turns into a hostage situation and at least one murder, will Charity panic under pressure?
Will she and Margo be able to find their missing friend Lola and nurse Zuri?
With power out, cells not working, and one stowaway cat underfoot, Charity has her work cut out for her.
Full of intrigue, more of Margo’s odd relatives, and a dash of romance, Hearts & Hostages is a mystery to get all wrapped up in!

Now let’s ask some questions…

Which is more important to your book, the mystery or the love story?
The mystery is the main plot line, but I personally enjoy the fragments of a love story that play throughout the series far more.

What type of love story plays out in your book—friends to love, enemy to love, instant love, or something else?
Enemy to love… this book has the real beginning of the relationship portion of character arc that has been slow simmering for a few books.

Does the love element cause problems for your protagonist?
Somewhat as the main character can no longer hide when she is butting into investigations from the dishy detective love interest.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I would say that my most interesting writing quirk is how much I HATE to know the ending of a book…even those I’m writing! It has been a real struggle to move from a complete pantser (writing from the seat of my pants by scratch) to creating a general, short outline including the bad guy / villain / or relationship progression before I begin writing. I have been working on this portion of discipline in order to write more efficiently. Don’t worry though, I still give myself leave to be surprised or change my mind if it feels needed.

What comes first, the plot or characters?
What comes first… For me the characters always come first. I don’t know if that is good or bad necessarily, it is just the way I’m wired as a writer and even to some degree as a reader. Obviously, if the plot makes zero sense or contradicts itself, I find a problem with that. But overall, what keeps me turning pages (or typing words) is the love of finding out what is going on with the characters personally.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Many authors I know use playlists while they are writing. In fact, some create special playlists that coincides with the mood of their stories. This sounds kind of worth trying maybe in the future, but honestly, I write in complete silence. I write during my daughter’s naptime in the mornings and maybe it is the hard-earned quiet is too good to give up, or maybe it is just that I’ve never had a problem with quiet but I enjoy writing without any music or podcasts or other noise. Now, I will say a good rainstorm is always a welcome background sound when writing as the exception.

Victoria LK Williams

Meet Kathy Manos Penn

Kathy Manos Penn

Award winning Kathy Manos Penn writes the Dickens & Christie Mystery series. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and pets. Pets who have inspired the characters of Dickens and Christie. Kathy didn’t start writing until she had completed a successful career in corporate America and picked up her cozy pen and began crafting mysteries in her retirement. You can follow Kathy on Facebook or at her website. And you can check out all her books on Amazon.

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She crossed an ocean to start her life over. Can she nab a killer before her quaint village becomes a graveyard? Recently widowed Leta Parker desperately needs a change of scenery. Pursuing her lifelong dream of retiring to the Cotswolds, she leaves her soulless corporate hustle in Atlanta and moves to England with her talking dog and cat companions—Dickens and Christie. But she’s barely begun making new friends when she stumbles across her housekeeper’s body …

And Now Let’s Here From Kathy…

Which is more important to your book, the mystery or the love story?
The mystery is #1, I suppose because I never intended for there to be a romantic element when I started the first book. Lo’ and behold, my characters took over, and before I knew it, a romance appeared.

What type of love story plays out in your book—friend to love, enemy to love, instant love, or something else?
Widowed for 18 months and newly transplanted to England, my American main character hasn’t entertained thoughts of dating until a visiting American journalist asks her out. She knows he’s there on vacation and thinks of the invitation as a casual dinner out. Only after she nearly dies in an encounter with the villain—this is a cozy mystery, after all—does the relationship take a step forward. And that’s as far as it goes in Book I before he heads home to NYC.

Does the love element cause problems for your protagonist?
Not at first because it’s a long-distance relationship, and they only see each other for a few days, maybe a week at a time for the first few months. It’s magical—until his worry over her life-threatening confrontations with killers gets in the way. She’s a bright, independent woman and bristles at his suggestion that she cease and desist—that this sleuthing habit of hers is foolhardy.

What inspired you to start writing?
Believe it or not, on a whim, I submitted a few articles to a small weekly paper and they asked me to write columns! After I retired from corporate America, I published a book of my columns and helped my dog “write” a book, only because I had a slew of blogs he’d written. When a friend said, “You should write a cozy mystery,” I thought, Who me? But I decided to give it a whirl, and here I am six books later.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
That my characters move the plot and relationships to places I never envisioned. In that same vein, though I identify a few new characters for each book before I start writing, somehow another one or two will appear.  Where do they come from? I have no idea.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
READ! I have to read every night, mostly mysteries, and I stay up way too late. I can do that now that I’m retired. Before the pandemic, I also looked forward to lunch with girlfriends, yoga class, working out, travel, and the occasional play or concert.  Fingers crossed, all of that resumes someday.

Victoria LK Williams

In the mood for a little Romance–and Murder?

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

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.


Love-Kissed Cozy Mysteries

Victoria LK Williams
Check out my cozies and see if you can find the romance within the mysteries

Love Kissed Cozies

Mystery and romance just seem to be made for each other. But, trust me, Hallmark isn’t the only one who has caught on to the sweet trend. Cozy mystery writers are adding romance to their story lines, drafting fantastic books that keep you on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages to find out the answers. Who was the killer? Why was the victim killed? Will the lead character get that kiss?

Unlike romantic suspense, the love story in a cozy is kept clean. There is no sex, or if there is a hint of it, it’s behind closed doors, off the page. The romance is more “slow-burn”, sometimes continuing for an entire series before the protagonists finally proclaims their love.

Romance can develop in everyday settings or more exotic ones. Over the love of good food or the delight of a favorite animal. Mere mortals are the only characters falling for cupid’s arrow. Witches, Vampires, Ghosts and Fae are all showing their softer side. And it’s not only for the modern character either. Books set in a different period, or even traveling to another time are getting in on the lovefest.

Amazon even has a subcategory for cozy+romantic+mystery. And the covers are fantastic! They clearly depict the book is a mystery but add an extra element to make it more romantic. It might be the color, an image or even the title, but it’s clear this mystery is going to have something extra.

As a cozy mystery writer, I’ve always had a hint of romance in my books. I can’t help myself. I grew up reading Barbara Cartland and Agatha Christie! The writing was on the wall, lol!

To celebrate the season of love and Valentine’s Day, I will be interviewing a few cozy mystery authors who have added a romantic twist to their plotline. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to be a little romantic and curious. Be sure to share any romantic cozy mysteries you enjoyed.

Victoria LK Williams

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Meet R.B. Marshall, our fearless leader!

R.B. Marshall

When I say this author is our fearless leader, I mean it. The Cozy Mystery Anthology, Clues, Christmas Trees and Corpses, was her idea. Each of us writers were invite to join R.B. on this amazing journey of creating this book for your holiday enjoyment. The organization of all the behind the scene work was handled by R.B., and I have to confess, she made it seem painless. Through her endless efforts, you and I met some amazing authors! I can’t thank her enough. And she has even taken on our next anthology Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders

R.B. Marshall is a native Scottsman, and loves her horse. She is much like her charactor, Izzy, in the Highland Horse Whisperer Mystery series. R.B.’s talents don’t stop with mysteries. She also writes  fantasy and clean romance/women’s fiction, as Roz Marshall and Historical Romance telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes.

The Secret Santa Mystery                                         by R.B. Marshall
Security expert for a British bank by day, horse trainer at night, Izzy Paterson is a multi-tasking, dressage-riding computer whiz with an addiction to strong coffee and a penchant for CSI on Netflix. So, when the Secret Santa at her office Christmas party hands her a perplexing riddle, she just can’t ignore the mystery.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

I was an adult, not a child, but I think the best gift I ever got was a dog! My sister gave me a rescue collie for my first Christmas after I got a house with a garden. Meg was a great companion and lived till she was 13.

If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?

Clumsy, geeky and a coffeeholic.

Your story is set in London. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

The finance capital of the UK is London, and my heroine, Izzy, works as a security analyst for a large bank, so it seemed logical to set it there. London isn’t the small town, which is more traditional for cozy mysteries, but even this large city is made up of lots of little ‘villages’ and communities – like the friends at the stables where Izzy keeps her horse, the members of her Pilates class, or her colleagues at work.

Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?

A minute later, lights appeared in the tunnel entrance, and I stepped forward, preparing to board the tube train. But suddenly, something pushed me from behind – hard. Hard enough to force me to the very edge of the platform.

Dimly, I heard the crowd behind me gasp, as I teetered on the concrete lip above the tracks, illuminated in the headlights of the approaching train…

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

The Secret Santa Mystery is the prequel to my Highland Horse Whisperer Cozy Mysteries series. It tells the story of how Izzy Paterson – a multi-tasking, dressage-riding computer whiz with an addiction to strong coffee – solves a perplexing mystery which threatens the livelihoods of everyone she works with. That leads, via a circuitous route, to her becoming a horse trainer in the Highlands of Scotland.

Meet Mr. Benedict Brown!

Benedict Brown

Benedict orginalates from South London, but now lives in Burgos, north of Spain with his wife and daughter. He writes two cozy mystery series; the Izzy Palmer Mysteries and the best selling Lord Edgington Investigates series. He has a love of crime fiction an a MA in Creative Writing–a great combination that his reads get to enjoy. You can find out more about author #15 in our anthology by stopping by his website.

A Corpse Wrapped in Tinsel                                     by Benedict Brown
When (semi-)famous detective Izzy Palmer is dragged along to a London department store to see Santa by her eccentric best friend, she expects whiny kids and bossy parents, not a dead Mrs Claus wrapped in tinsel. Charged with getting to the truth, Izzy must face off against caroling police officers, the most handsome Father Christmas south of the North Pole and three elves who all claim to be the killer. It’s not the Christmas present she was hoping for, but at least this case comes with a free toy!!

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

When I was about five years old, I got up one morning and there was a ring at the door. I opened it to find a small brown bear with a card saying, “My name is Bertie, please look after me.” I have done my best ever since, and he’s still with me as an adult. When I was a kid, I thought this was the most magical thing that had ever happened, and I plan to recreate the moment for my three-year-old daughter before long.

What would be a great gift for your character?

This is the second Christmas in a row when Izzy Palmer has ended up investigating a murder, though she’s supposed to be enjoying the holiday. I think the best Christmas present for her would be a corpse-less Christmas.

Your story is set in London. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

Like Izzy, I grew up in a fairly unremarkable suburb in South London. So far in the series, she’s been out to the countryside, over to Spain (where I now live) and flown up to Scotland for Christmas. But London remains the anchor point of the series. For me, in terms of culture, it’s one of the richest cities in the world and I never get bored of going back. That makes it a great place to set murder mysteries and that’s why book four in the series, “A Corpse in London” is a love letter to my home city.

How does this story connect with your other books or series?

This novella is a standalone which follows my most recent novel, ‘A Corpse in a Quaint English Village’. It references a few of Izzy’s other cases, without giving any mysteries away. It’s the fourth Izzy Palmer novella I’ve written and the eleventh entry in the series overall. The only real spoiler in the story is that, unlike in the very first book when Izzy had a job that she hated, she is now a not very well-paid private detective. I have another series set in the nineteen twenties called “Lord Edgington Investigates…” and I managed to link them a tiny bit in the last Izzy novel, but it’s not too easy when they’re set one hundred years apart.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? I get a lot of comments from people saying that The Izzy Palmer Mysteries should be made into a TV show and people have strong opinions on who would be the best actress for the part. The most common name is Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag. It would take someone with good comic timing who is around thirty, can speak with a British accent and is very tall and, so I’m glad I’m not casting it myself!

It’s time to Meet Rosie Meleady

Rosie Meleady

Award winning Rosie is the author of two series; A Rosie Life in Italy, the story of her adventures renovating an derelict villa in Italy, and the Deadly Wedding Cozy Mystery. You can follow Rosie on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with her adventures.

Jingle Bones    by Rosie Meleady

Irish wedding planner Daisy Dell is an international expert on everything weddings, especially in Italy. But sometimes, a dash of murder and mystery finds its way past her up the aisle.

When asked to organise a simple Christmas wedding in Puglia, Daisy was not expecting a weekend of mayhem and possibly murder. Not only have the wedding funds gone missing, but also the Basilica’s most precious relics… Santa Claus’s bones.

What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?

When I was 9 years old, I asked for a gold bike and Santa (my mum) bought a second hand one and sprayed it gold. I was so happy Christmas morning even though the paint was still sticky! I also got the game ‘Guess Who?’ from my older sister that year and I loved that game, I felt I was being a detective! I still do like games like that. My daughter bought me ‘Code Names’ last Christmas and it really gets the brain juices working, I love it.

Your story is set in Puglia, Italy. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

I visited the Basilica in Puglia, where the story is based, about 5 years ago. There was a full orchestra and choir practicing for the feast of St Nicholas and it blew me away. I had a great guide who told me so many stories attached to the place that I wanted to find a way to combine them into a fictional story someday, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Speaking as your character, what is your favorite thing about Christmas?

As an event planner I’m at parties 3 times a week most of the year so I like the silent nights of Christmas. I like being on my own and being completely cut off from the world without having to take calls or do work. Just me and Shadow (my dog), curled up on the sofa reading and drinking thick Italian hot chocolate.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

The original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I still watch it every Christmas morning. I just realized I describe some of the characters in my book ‘Jingle Bones’ as Oompa Lumpas, so this is a very fitting question!

How does this story connect with your other books or series? All the books in my Deadly Wedding Cozy Mystery series are based in different regions of Italy. I moved from Ireland to Italy three years ago and I love discovering quirky historical facts about places I visit so I try to weave some of these into my stories. As my main character is a wedding planner, all my mysteries have a wedding being planned in the background. I have been a destination wedding planner for 20 years, so I drop in some fun stuff that I’ve experienced at weddings too, as sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

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