How on earth did I get myself into this pickle, you ask? I often wonder that myself. I really just started with one series, the Tea Shop Mysteries. However, I had such fun writing these books that they virtually sped along like lightning. So (silly me) I realized I had some extra time on my hands. That bit of ditzy thinking led to The Scrapbooking Mysteries. And then, because readers kept asking me for more, more, more books, how could I say no? So the Cackleberry Club Mysteries were hatched.
Now my workload could be loosely compared to the Aztec calendar. If it’s springtime, I must be working on the Tea Mysteries. If it’s summer . . . well, you get the idea. And while writing three mysteries is a banquet of crazy, it’s also very exciting. I have three little microcosms of humanity that zip along on their own timeline, with their own problems and twisty little plots. Best of all, they are peopled with characters that I love.
As you might expect, my protagonists in all three mystery series are women. Smart, competitive, socially conscious, business-minded women. All are entrepreneurs that have to put up with the problems inherent with running a small business in a tough economy. In other words, reality. My tea shop lady, Theodosia, worries about marketing and catering issues. Carmela, my feisty scrapbook shop owner, has to contend with an ex-husband, new boyfriend, and crazy goings on in New Orleans. Suzanne, my Cackleberry Club guru, is a small town denizen who’s a little more laid back. Yet, when one of her friends is threatened, she is, literally, hell on wheels.
That said, the stories and situations my characters find themselves in are all unique and different. You might think that, with writing three series, an author might get bogged down and repeat herself. Actually, there are so many crazy ripped-from-the-headlines stories going on, that it’s easy to grab each of my main characters by the throat and plunge them into a brand new kettle of hot water.
Besides, isn’t that what makes a cozy mystery exciting and oh-so readable? There’s an impossible situation, reluctant characters are randomly tossed into the mix, and you can’t wait to see what happens!
And if you’d like a prime example of this, why not curl up with my newest paperback release, Steeped in Evil!
Thank you and blessings to all.
Laura Childs is the author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Her books have been named to the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and been featured selections of the Mystery Guild’s Mystery Book Club. Her next Tea Shop Mystery, Ming Tea Murder, will be out May 5.
Visit Laura at http://www.laurachilds.com