Interview with author Krista Davis + Giveaway

Posted February 24, 2016 by Stormi in Author Interviews / 64 Comments

cozy eventI am excited to have Krista Davis on my blog today. She is the author of a series I just started called A Paws and Claws Mystery. I am currently almost done with book two and I am really enjoying it. 🙂
Tell me something about yourself not on your author bio.


I was once an assistant manager of a huge convention hotel in Washington, DC. It was a fabulous crazy busy job. No two days were alike. Dignitaries, movie stars, and political hot shots stayed there. We needed Secret Service clearance when the President gave a speech at the hotel and when we hosted international dignitaries. Never a boring moment. I loved that job!


What is it about the cozy genre do you love?


There are so many things I love. But my top pick is that they’re about real people. They’re about people who could be our neighbors. They’re about the butcher and the florist and the dress shop owner down the street. I love that they’re about relationships between ordinary people.


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?


It’s such fun to plan a new series, but it’s a lot of work. There are so many details that have to be considered. I don’t plan out a whole series. But as I create characters, I usually come up with some issues that will play out over several books. Basically, I sit down with a notebook and write down my thoughts. One idea usually leads to another.


In Wagtail, for instance, I was worried about traffic with all the dogs and cats running around. I often think how much I would like to live in a place where I could walk to stores and restaurants, or at least take a golf cart. It all fit together. There would be no pollution and no traffic noise with only golf carts in the town of Wagtail. The residents wake to birds singing instead of trucks backing up. It’s a small detail but one that cat and dog people probably appreciate.


murder most howlTell us a little about your newest book Murder Most Howl? 


Holly Miller has become her grandmother’s partner at the Sugar Maple Inn on Wagtail Mountain, the premier resort for people who want to vacation with their pets. Her grandmother is finally leaving on a much deserved vacation and Holly is in charge. It seems like it should be easy but problems start right away when an employee quits and a blizzard blows into town. The town is hosting a murder mystery weekend but no one expected a real murder to take place!


Since your mystery series includes both cats and dogs I would like to know if you have a fur baby preference? (I’m a dog lover myself.)


I absolutely love cats and dogs. I have three dogs and two cats. I’m basically a sucker for anything with fur.


Who are your favorite authors/series?


Hah! Not telling. I have so many wonderful author friends that I wouldn’t dream of naming names. I do like Agatha Christie, though. Revealing that shouldn’t get me into much trouble!


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


Loads of advice! It sounds very simplistic but you should read recently released cozies to get a feel for what’s selling. Join a group like the Guppies Chapter of Sisters In Crime and ask questions. No one was born knowing these things, so don’t be embarrassed. I remember not knowing what font to use to write a manuscript.


Sometimes I think people try to pigeonhole cozies too much. They make declarations that cozies must have amateur sleuths or be in tiny towns. The truth is that there’s a big spectrum. There are some that take place in New York City and some have had professional sleuths. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re formulaic. Cozies are as varied as the people who write them.




Krista Davis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers. MURDER MOST HOWL is the third book in the series. The first is MURDER, SHE BARKED.

Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her 9th Domestic Diva Mystery is chocolate kiss 2 high resTHE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS, a chocolate mystery in bookstores now. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs, two cats, and a hidden stash of chocolate.

Visit Krista at,, on, and on Krista also blogs at, and at Killer where the characters do the blogging!

Krista is giving away one copy of Murder Most Howl and one copy of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss.

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64 responses to “Interview with author Krista Davis + Giveaway

  1. Bree Herron

    Krista Davis is one of my top three cozy authors. Not only are both her series engaging and wonderful but her passion to give her readers and can the best is seen throughout all her work. I recommend her series often and am excited for the new releases. Thank you!!

    • Stormi

      Oh, now I am interested in knowing who the other two in your top three are. 🙂 I just recently discovered Davis when I got her book Murder she Barked for audio review, now listening to the second one and really enjoying it so I need to try her other series too. 🙂

      • Bree Herron

        Ahh, well I can tell you that you have interviewed another author that’s in my top ten. I love the cozies!! And wait until, you get snagged in the domestic diva series it is so wonderful!

  2. Jill Lauder

    Krista Davis is a wonderful, talented author. I only just recently discovered her and look forward to reading her series.

  3. Elaine Roberson

    These would be great titles to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win copies. I love your books.

  4. Tiffany

    I just discovered cozy misteries last year. I found Krista Davis a few weeks ago and I’m sucked into Wagtail. Lol
    On on The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer now and it’s awesome! I’ve always loved Agatha Christie and trying to place all the puzzle pieces together and The Paws and Claws are right up my alley.

  5. Kathleen Costa

    I am excited about being introduced to a new blog…enjoyable, and I’ve signed up for future notifications. I am a big fan of Krista Davis’ books enjoying many in her different series. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. MaryAnn Forbes

    I thoroughly enjoyed Krista’s interview. I did not know about the Guppy element of Sisters in Crime, going to look into it.
    Have added Krista’s books to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Penny Marks

    I haven’t read this one and would love to read Murder Most Howl. Thank you for the opportunity. These stories are awesome!

  8. Nicole V

    I love both the Domestic Diva series and the Paws & Claws series!!! Thanks for interviewing Krista, and I’m glad to have found your blog! 🙂

  9. Sandy Todd

    I love Krista’s Diva series! If I were to win, I would choose The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss. Thank you for the interview and the give-a-way.

  10. Michelle F.

    I love animals, especially cats (I have five), and love to see animals in cozies. I love cozies because I’ve always loved mysteries. I like cozies in big towns, too, because it’s a change from all the small town ones.

    Agatha Christie is one of my favorites too. I also love Joanne Fluke’s books.

  11. Rosie G

    I have read Murder most howl, and found it a fun read. Really would like to read other books by Krista Davis so thanks for a chance to win one.

  12. Janet Malik

    love my cozy stories!!!!! I’m a former librarian,[20 years] Wish I had known about them before 98!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!! and the interesting interview!!!

  13. Pamela Woodfield

    Great interview! I love Krista Davis & enjoyed finding out things about her that I didn’t know. I absolutely love the Paws & Claws series & have them all so far. I’m in the process of collecting the Diva series now & have several already.

    • Stormi

      If you clicked on the different things you could do and pushed submit entry after you did what it asked then you should be entered, but you had to click on the entries to enter.

  14. Both of Krista’s most recent books sound so good! They have been on my wish list/TBR. 🙂 Thank you for a fun interview!

    Also – Krista’s twitter link in the giveaway form is wrong – there is a comma at the end, so it doesn’t let you follow the correct person.

  15. Margaret Rushton

    All of her book series sound so great. I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet but would love to win a books so I can begin my journey into her worlds. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Brittany Abbott

    I love Krista Davis. She is one of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer. It’s fantastic and if you haven’t read her work you are missing out.

  17. Donamae Kutska

    I really enjoy the diva books, they take me away and make me happy. The paws and claws books are equally awesome! Please keep writing them!! I’m anxiously waiting for the newest one!

  18. Deana Dick

    I loved the interview. I agree that the one thing I like boy copies are they are about real people. We get to visit quaint little bakeries, small towns and get to know interesting characters. They are relaxing to read and I have fallen in love with them.

  19. Michelle

    I’ve read all of Krista Davis’s books – and they are truly wonderful! Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  20. Verna Gass

    Thankyou for all the insights. Have always wanted to be a writer but never acted on it. Maybe some day.
    Love your books and all the fur babies too!

  21. Della Williamson

    This was a really nice interview. Krista is a superb writer. Just finished Murder She Barked. Loved the cat adopting Holly and her terrier. The covers are really cute. I really like both these series. The books are well plotted and gives many a chuckle. It is so easy to get lost in them

  22. marylouh

    I’m always looking for new series to read.
    I haven’t read either of these and would love to try them.

  23. Cecilia

    I really enjoy cozy mysteries and this series sounds interesting. Thanks for the intro to a new author and the chance to win the books.

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