Writing the Cozy Mystery

Written by, Nancy Cohen, writer of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal, and earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards.

Her instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was an Agatha Award Finalist and Gold Medal Winner in the President’s Book Awards

Welcome to, The Wordsmith, For the Love of Words, Nancy. An author resource centre dedicated to serving the literary community. 

James: Who would purchase, Writing the Cozy Mystery and why?

Nancy: Anyone who wishes to learn how to write a mystery novel would benefit from my book. So would writers jumping from another genre into mystery writing. Or even experienced authors writing a series who want to know how to keep things fresh would find some gems. Fans of cozy mysteries might also enjoy a peek behind the scenes in terms of the writing process. My guidebook assumes you know the basics about how to develop characters, write dialogue, and structure a story. Writing the Cozy Mystery focuses on developing a sleuth and suspects, planting clues, structuring the mystery, pacing, and problems that might be encountered by cozy writers.

James: What crucial tidbit of constructive wisdom do you have for budding authors, Nancy?

Nancy: Participate in the writing community. Get involved in a critique group. Attend writing workshops and conferences. Join a professional writing organization. Networking is critically important to success as a writer. You’ll learn all about the business aspects of a writing career from other published authors.

Thank you, Nancy.