Hello Book Clubbers! Today, cozy mystery author Nicole Leiren stopped by to answer a couple questions for all of you as part of her blog tour for her recent cozy mystery, DEADLY DIRTY MARTINIS!!
TQBC: Cozies are one of our featured genres here on the Twenty Qs website. What sparked your interest in writing in the cozy mystery genre?
Nicole Leiren: I’ve always been a fan of mystery/suspense, etc. and still am! However, about a year or so ago, I stumbled across a book series by Julie Hyzy that was about a chef in the White House. I fell in love! That piqued my interest in “reading” them, but it wasn’t until my publisher approached me about contributing to the Danger Cove world that I seriously considered “writing” them. Can I say how glad I am to be a part of this world now – both as a reader AND as an author? The cozy community and fans are amazing!!
I enjoy the genre as it gets back to the origin of the “whodunit” and does so without on-screen violence, etc. It’s truly about the mystery.
TQBC: What do you find the easiest about writing cozies?
Nicole: As for the “easy” part about writing them, well…I’m not sure there is. If I had to pick, I would say that once your location is created, it becomes easier to write about it and make it a living/breathing part of the story. Small towns play a big role in cozy mysteries so letting that town be a part of the story is part of the fun.
TQBC: What about the most difficult thing?
Nicole: The difficult part is making sure you give readers a great mystery that they can’t figure out too soon! No one wants to know by chapter 8 who the killer is – so plotting and putting the clues in just the right places is key.
Nicole, thank you so much for visiting! Book Clubbers, Nicole did other Q&As for the tour and other hosts did reviews too. You can see the full schedule and follow along on the Karan & Co. Author Solutions tour page! Go read those posts as well, but not before you purchase DEADLY DIRTY MARTINIS!
ENTER TO WIN!!