Author Interview ~Joanna Campbell Slan

Posted February 16, 2016 by Stormi in Author Interviews, Misc. / 2 Comments

cozy eventPlease welcome to my blog today, Joanna Campbell Slan. She has written several cozy mysteries and is in an a few anthology.


1.    Tell me something about yourself not on your author bio.  

I’m the oldest of three girls, and we call ourselves “Campbell girls” as a reminder that we’ve been through so much together. We hang tough, my sisters and me.

2.    What is it about the cozy genre do you love?

We don’t resort to graphic violence or graphic sex to make a book interesting. That forces us to be creative. It’s like…the best movies don’t feature car wrecks. There’s a story that’s compelling. Same with cozies. It’s the story, the characters, and the ideas that make a good one irresistible.

3.    When you decide to start a cozy series, what kind of preparations do you do? I know a lot of them have themes, etc. Do you plan out a whole series?

What a great question! I don’t plan themes, but they do evolve. Like the sand that grows into a pearl, an idea or image will “bother” me. I turn it around and around; I think of what that’s akin to. A character often comes along for the ride. For example, I’m enchanted by the idea of second chances, which is also like recycling. So Cara Mia Delgatto is a woman looking for a second chance at life, who runs a store featuring recycled goods. Next, I get a lock on her personality and her driving passions. And finally, I populate her world with people who will help her and challenge her.

happy-homicides-V-day-web4.    Tell us a little about your newest book Happy Homicides 2?

Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries/Crimes of the Heart features the work of thirteen cozy mystery authors, many of whom are bestsellers or prize winners.  At more than 600-pages of reading material, it’s a great value for only $2.99. Plus it comes with a bonus file of recipes and craft ideas. Our goal as Happy Homicide authors is to introduce new readers to our work. This is the second Happy Homicides anthology. We’re already knee-deep in planning anthology #3. Go to

5.    Who are your favorite authors/series?

Charlotte Bronte and her book Jane Eyre.

6.    Any advice for someone who might want to write a cozy?

Most of the legacy publishers buy cozies based on the “hook” or gimmick, like a food shop or book store. But more importantly, cozy readers get “hooked” on characters they can relate to. To write well in this genre, you need to be a good student of people. After all, that’s how your amateur sleuth will solve the crime—through her knowledge of human relationships!

Thank you!

Thanks for being on my blog Joanna!

About the author:

Bio and links: Joanna is an award-winning and national bestselling author of 30 books, and too many short stories to count. Her work has appeared in many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Books, as well as on television. Currently, she is writing three mystery series: the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries (set in St. Louis); the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (set on the Treasure Coast of Florida); and a historical romantic suspense series called The Jane Eyre Chronicles, which extends the life of Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine. When she isn’t writing, she’s walking the beach with her dog Jax, a Havanese, or working on dollhouse miniatures.

You can read two of Joanna’s books absolutely FREE.

Ink, Red, Dead is a full-length book in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. You can get your free copy in a variety of e-reader platforms by going to

Tear Down and Die is the first book in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series. It’s available, free, in a variety of e-platforms. Go to




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