A guest blog from Laura Childs, author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Scrapbooking Mysteries.
Writing for the Reader.
That old adage, “Write what you know,” is something I’ve long since kicked to the curb.
Why? Because I write for you, dear reader. I write to entertain you, to make you chuckle, and to hopefully touch your heart. I write mysteries that are (I hope) catchy, clever, and relevant. I try to imbue each and every one of my novels with plot points that spark your interest – tea, crafts, cats and dogs, recipes, smart businesswomen, problem solving, friendship, and romance. And because I know you lead a busy, hectic, overscheduled life, I try to give the plot a breakneck pace so you can read quickly. But . . . I deliver my books in easily digested chapters so you can lose yourself whenever you find some time.
And because the world is scary enough, my murder mysteries are exempt from the violence that’s so often carried in our 24-hour media feed. I truly believe that most women have tired of thriller-killer-slasher books. They simply don’t want that type of book on their nighttime reading table.
Women today need a respite. They want a story where the female characters are smart, savvy, and caring. And they certainly don’t want foul language, gratuitous sex, or a “preachy” message.
That’s why I write the way I do. And that’s why I think you’ll get a kick out of Scorched Eggs, my newest Cackleberry Club Mystery. First of all, you’ve got three ladies, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, all a hair over forty, who run the Cackleberry Club. They charm the locals with eggs in the morning and tea in the afternoon. But in this installment, a raging fire in their small Midwestern town puts them on high alert. A dear friend has been killed and signs point to arson. Could it be a vengeful husband, ex-fireman, or expert in explosives? The ladies try to track down the killer and still keep all their plates in the air (horse show, vintage wedding, county fair, tea parties, and a dinner theatre). Of course, all this is told in very sassy dialogue with lots of action and romance thrown in for good measure. And it wouldn’t be a Cackleberry Club Mystery if I didn’t include recipes for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cheese Popovers, Scorched Eggs, and lots more.
Yes, I wrote it just for you, concocted what I think is a banquet of crazy, and then tossed in some major romance for good luck. If you’re looking for a book to cozy up with, to fall through the rabbit’s hole with, this just might be it!
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Scrapbook Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times Book Review’s Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. In her previous life, she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.