How I got From Here to There
Hi All, my name is Terrie Farley Moran and I am the author of Well Read, Then Dead, the first book in the Read Em and Eat mystery series. I am delighted to visit A Cozy Girl Reads today because—I am a cozy girl like our good friend Tina and, dare I say, like you. I may have, on occasion, read my share of thrillers, romantic suspense, historicals, etc. but I am happiest with a heartfelt cozy mystery and a glass of sweet tea.
There is much to be said for enjoying a book that doesn’t drown the reader in blood or violence or bad language or gratuitous sex and yet has an entertaining cast of characters, a remarkable setting and a mystery that must be solved. And that describes cozy mysteries to a tea, er, I mean a T. Some time ago I wrote an extensive blog post on the kind of book I think falls into the cozy category. If you like, you can read it here. http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2012/01/what-is-a-cozy
Once I found the setting, I went trolling in my imagination for characters. I wanted the protagonist and her side-kick to come from a very different place and to be fairly new to the community because I wanted the reader to see Fort Myers Beach through their eyes. So a few years before the story starts, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield have moved from Brooklyn, New York to Fort Myers beach to open a bookstore and cafe named Read 'Em and Eat. Sassy and Bridgy still feel the difference in lifestyle in little ways every day.
Then I thought about book club members. Well, take a group of people, any group of people, and you may find a Happy, a Grumpy, even a Bashful. Stir gently. And then assorted characters wander in to the Read ’Em and Eat. And over time they led me to a plot.
Someone gets killed. Handsome sheriff’s deputies and a sweet, endearing newspaper reporter are on the case, but Sassy has a special request from the cousin of the victim to find out what really happened and she tries to honor the request.
So that’s a little bit of the why and the how Well Read, Then Dead came into being. I hope that you’ll get a chance to read it and I hope that you enjoy hanging with the folks at the Read ’Em and Eat.
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