I first found Bethany’s cozies when Barb and I did a buddy read as we both have a fondness for cozies with dogs in them. It’s a really fun series and I am looking forward get more from this author!
I had been writing young adult and middle-grade mysteries for about eight years, under the name Beth Fantaskey. But my dream was always to write a cozy series for adults, because that’s what I love to read. I wanted to create a cute, pet-friendly town full of quirky characters, great restaurants, adorable pets and fun mysteries to solve. I used to get together with another author who felt the same way, and we would dream up ideas for series. One night, we challenged each other to write our ultimate cozy mystery. That’s how the Lucky Paws Petsitting series was born–on a dare!
I am so glad that you came up with this series as it’s a lot of fun!! I think I need to go look up your other books and see what is there I like MG books! 🙂
Any advice for someone who would like to write a cozy?
First, read every cozy you can, analyzing the books for plot, language, characters, etc. Figure out which elements you respond to, as a reader. Then decide which things are important to your world–food? pets? fashion?–and start to build it. I also suggest joining organizations like Mystery Writers of America. Not only are groups like MWA great sources of information, but you’ll find lots of supportive authors to share your journey. You don’t have to be published yet. Everybody’s welcome at some level.
This is some great information! That is great to hear that you don’t have to be published to be able to join a great place like MWA!
Who are some of your favorite cozy authors?
Oh, gosh… There are so many wonderful authors out there, and some of them are friends. Just so I don’t leave anybody out, I’m going to choose just one cozy writer who had the biggest influence on my career: Martha Grimes. I have read and and re-read all of her novels until I know some of the scenes by heart.
I haven’t read this author but since she was such a big influence I feel I need to race off to amazon! 🙂
When you are reading, how do you get cozy with a mystery? (fluffy chair, blanket, reading nook, hot cocoa, etc)
That depends upon the season. When it’s warm, I like to read outside, curled up on my old Adirondack chair with a cold drink and a fire going. In the winter, I also light a fire, but I hunker down under a blanket, glass of wine in hand and my dog snuggled next to me. I have turned down a lot of social engagements in favor of time with a book at home!
Those both sound like great ways to get cozy while reading! There is just something about a fire that is so cozy.
Tell us about your latest cozy.
Pawprints & Predicaments is the third book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting series, which features pet sitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton, who solves crimes with her basset hound sidekick, Socrates. Daphne lives in pet-friendly Sylvan Creek, home to Tail Waggin’ Winterfest, a week-long celebration that includes a polar bear plunge for charity. Unfortunately, the event goes terribly awry for Daphne, when she finds herself tangled up with the body of a despised television producer. Complicating matters, the prime suspect has a special connection to Daphne’s crime-solving rival, handsome and enigmatic Detective Jonathan Black. Daphne has to solve the case–stopping along the way for some delicious snacks and cozy moments in her tiny house, Plum Cottage, of course!
I can’t wait to check this one out!! Thanks so much for taking time out to answer a few questions for my blog!