Author interview ~Author Molly MacRae + Giveaway

Posted February 11, 2016 by Stormi in Author Interviews / 16 Comments

cozy eventHi Everyone, today I have a short interview from Molly MacRae. She has quickly become a favorite cozy author and I love her Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries as they are a lot of fun. I was so excited when she said she would be on my blog. She will also be giving away a copy of one of her books so don’t forget to check out that giveaway at the bottom of the page.

Interview with Molly MacRae

Tell me something about yourself not on your author bio.

Six years ago I participated in Hustle Up the Hancock, a vertical marathon where you run up the Hancock Building in Chicago. I only did the Half Hustle, though, running up 52 floors.

What is it about the cozy genre that you love?

I like the intricate worlds writers create in cozy mysteries. In a good cozy series, you wouldn’t mind moving right in and living there with the characters.

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?

Yeah, I kind of do plan it out. I don’t necessarily know what every book or story will be about, but the characters become real people to me. Just as we’re surrounded by stories in our lives, my characters are surrounded by stories in theirs. There’s always another story to investigate and tell.

Tell us a little about your newest book Knot the Usual Suspect.

Hugh McPhee is a man who left Blue Plum, Tennessee, when he graduated from high school, decades ago, and never came back. Until he did – during the week of Handmade Blue Plum, the annual arts and crafts festival. He plays his bagpipes at midnight, in the middle of town, and winds up dead. It’s a story about returning, remembering, and revenge. It’s also about graffiti done with yarn – called yarn bombing.

Who are your favorite authors/series?

Oh no! There are too many, and it changes over time. But here are three adult series I’ve liked over the years, and then because I work in the children’s department at the public library and I like to help nurture future readers of adult series, I’ll give you three kids’ series I like. For adults: Sharon Fiffer’s Jane Wheel Mysteries; M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth Mysteries; Elizabeth Perona’s Bucket List Mysteries. And for the 4th-6th grade crew: Octavia Spencer’s Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective series; Sheila Turnages’s Three Times Lucky series; and Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes series.

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

Read, write, revise, repeat.

Thanks for being on my blog today Molly!


In the latest from the bestselling author of Plagued by Quilt, Kath Rutledge yarn bombs Blue Plum, Tennessee—and gets tangled up in the mystery of a bumped-off bagpiper.

It’s time for Handmade Blue Plum, an annual arts and crafts fair, and Kath and her knitting group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) plan to kick off the festivities with a yarn bombing. But they’re not the only ones needling Blue Plum. Bagpiper and former resident Hugh McPhee had just returned after a long absence, yet his reception is anything but cozy. The morning after his arrival, he’s found dead in full piper’s regalia.

Although shaken, Kath and her knitting group go forward with their yarn installation—only to hit a deadly snag. Now, with the help of Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, Kath and TGIF need to unravel the mystery before someone else gets kilt!

Check out more from Molly MacRae by going to her website:




bagpipes 2Author Bio

The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes “murder with a dose of drollery.” She’s the author of the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, published by Penguin/NAL, including the recently released Knot the Usual Suspects. Molly’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990. After twenty years in northeast Tennessee, Molly now lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois. 


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16 responses to “Author interview ~Author Molly MacRae + Giveaway

  1. Brenda R.

    This is a fun series. The characters are interesting. There wouldn’t even have to be a mystery for me to want to just spend time hanging with the characters.

  2. holdenj

    I enjoyed Molly’s interview very much! It is hard to pick favorite series, I haven’t heard of the Jane Wheel mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Oh this sounds like a fun series, added the first book in the series to my to-read list. And whew running up 52 floors, that sounds exhausting, it must be a large building if that’s the half hustle. Great interview!

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