1. Being able to do lots of “research” for books.
Some writers have to research things like police procedures and crime statistics. And while I occasionally have to do research like that, a lot of mine has to do with baking pie or building gingerbread houses. When I write about Warren, Cinnamon’s grandfather, I also find that I’m doing a lot of research about beer. You know, checking out local breweries and taste-testing the beer to make sure I know what I’m talking about when I’m writing about Warren… a lot of research takes place down at my local brewery ;). When it comes to Dog Mountain, I’ve had to do some, uh, crucial research about puppies to make sure the story was accurate. All this research is definitely one of the perks of writing cozy mysteries!
2. Spending time in a world where things make sense.
While crimes often take place in Christmas River, Broken Hearts Junction, and Dog Mountain just like in the real world, things often have a way of working themselves out for the best in these towns. It’s not all perfect, but overall, the bad guys get caught, the innocent people are exonerated, and the nice girl gets the good guy at the end. Obviously, all the characters still face their own share of struggles and difficulties, but I’d say that the cozy mystery world is slightly more just than the real world. Not to mention the fact that the cozy mystery world is chock full of just that – an abundance of cozy! It’s a place that feels safe and happy. I feel lucky to be able to spend so much time in these kinds of places.
3. Laughing out loud at some of the characters’ antics
4. Feeling moved when you see a character grow.
5. Hearing from readers about how the series has affected them!
This is my number one favorite thing about writing cozy fiction. Hearing about how readers found my books when they were going through a rough patch in their life, and how my stories helped take their minds off their troubles makes me feel like a million bucks. I can’t believe I’m so lucky to be able to put this kind of positivity out into the world on a full-time basis!
Plus, you know, wearing sweats to work every day is a pretty fun perk of this job too... :)
What do you like most about reading cozy mysteries? Comment below to enter in this week’s giveaway – a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Madness in Christmas River! The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on my Facebook Friday (Nov. 6) morning, so be sure to check in then!