Fictional characters speak! (Well, write…)

There’s a terrific new blog around!

Did you ever love a character in a book and wish you could read a blog by him or her or wonder about their take on everyday things?   Well, as of June first you can.   The new blog is called Killer Characters, and it’s a blog by the characters of many of the best cozy mysteries.   A whole group of cozy authors got together and decided to give their characters a blog voice, and Killer Characters was born.  Each author took one day of the month for their fictional personalities to blog.  And what’s even more fun, you can comment and ask the characters questions, start a dialogue, and maybe find out some of their secrets!

If you know me, or read my blog for any length of time, you know I am a cozy mystery freak.  So this new blog is something just perfect for me!

Who are the authors participating?   If you know cozies, you’ll know them, or at least many of them.  If not, let me introduce you!!  A few are authors just starting out, others are established with a slew of followers.

  • Ellery Adams
    • She writes the new Books by the Bay mystery series, with her author character Olivia Limoges, set in Oyster Bay, North Carolina.  (She also writes two series as J.B.Stanley – the Supper Club Mysteries, and the Collectible Mysteries – and one series as Jennifer Stanley – the Hope Street Church Mysteries)
  • E.J. Copperman
    • He writes the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, starring Alison Kerby, divorced single mom, as guesthouse owner, AND ghosts Paul & Maxie,  on the Jersey Shore.  (He also writes two others series as Jeffrey Cohen – the Aaron Tucker mysteries and the Double Feature Mysteries)
  • Wendy Lyn Watson
    • She writes the Mystery a la Mode series, with Tallulah Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.
  • Hannah Reed
    • She writes the Queen Bee mysteries, starring shop owner and beekeeper Story Fischer in Moraine, Wisconsin.   (She also writes two other mystery series as Deb Baker – the Gertie Johnson Backwoods Adventures and The Dolls to Die For series.)
  • Krista Davis
    • She writes the Domestic Diva mysteries, with Sophie Winston, an event planner in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Christy Evans
    • She writes the Georgiana Neverall Mystery Series. Georgiana is an ex-executive who moves back home to Oregon and becomes an apprentice plumber.
  • Mary Kennedy
    • She writes the Talk Radio Mysteries, about Maggie Walsh, a psychologist who hosts a daily radio talk show in Cypress Grove, Florida.  (Described as Frasier meets Murder She Wrote…)
  • Maggie Sefton
    • She writes the Knitting Mystery Series (yay!), starring Kelly Flynn, set at the ‘House of Lambspun’ yarn shop in the Colorado Rockies.
  • Denise Swanson
    • Her character, Skye Denison, is a school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois, in the Scumble River Mysteries.
  • Elizabeth Spann Craig / Riley Adams
    • As Craig she writes the Myrtle Clover Mystery Series which features a retired octogenarian teacher in North Carolina. As Adams she writes the Memphis Barbeque Mystery Series which features Lulu Taylor, the owner of a barbeque restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Kate Collins
    • In her Flower Shop Mysteries, she writes about Abby Knight, a law school drop-out and the owner of Bloomers Florists in New Chapel, Indiana.
  • Hannah Dennison
    • She writes the Vicky Hill Mysteries, starring a journalist in a small town in England.  (Each book features an unusual British pastime or profession….snail racing, anyone?)
  • Avery Aames
    • She writes the Cheese Shop Mystery Series which features Charlotte Bessette,  the co-owner of the “Fromagerie Bessette” or, as the people living in her small Ohio town call it, the Cheese Shop.
  • Mary Jane Maffini
    • She writes three mystery series:  one with Camilla MacPhee, who runs an advocacy agency for victims of violent crime, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; one with Charlotte Adams, a professional organizer (with lots of tips!), in upstate Woodbridge, New York; and one with Fiona Silk, a talent-challenged romance writer, in the bilingual tourist town St. Aubaine, Quebec, Canada.
  • Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett
    • She writes three series, and under three different names!  (Is it any wonder that her blog is called Dazed and Confused?)  In the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia Miles stars as a mystery bookshop owner in fictional small-town Stoneham, New Hampshire, and the Jeff Resnick series is about a mugging victim who now has a “sixth sense” gift in Buffalo, NY.  And a brand new series is coming up, the Victoria Square mysteries, starring Katie Bonner as the manager of Artisan’s Alley, a craft booth fair.
  • Julie Hyzy
    • She writes the White House Chef mysteries starring Olivia (Ollie) Paras, and a new Manor of Murder series starring Grace Wheaton of Marshfield Manor
  • Laura Alden
    • Not yet published, her first book  – Murder at the PTA – will be released in October.
  • Paige Shelton
    • The Farmer’s Market Mysteries feature Becca Robins, Farm Owner, Jam & Preserves Maker.
  • Leann Sweeney
    • She writes two cozy series, The Yellow Rose Mysteries with Abby Rose, a private investigator in Houston, Texas,  and the Cats in Trouble series.
  • Betty Hechtman
    • Her Crochet Mysteries star Molly Pink, a 40-something widow coordinating events in a bookstore, including the Tarzana Hookers, a crochet group in California.
  • Sheila Connolly
    • She writes the Orchard Mysteries, featuring Meg Corey, who takes over her mother’s colonial home and apple orchard, in fictional Granford, Massachusetts.   (She also writes a Glassblowing Mystery series as Sarah Atwell.)
  • Jenn McKinlay
    • She writes the Cupcake Bakery mysteries starring Melanie Cooper, Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery Owner.  (As Lucy Lawrence she also writes the Decoupage Mysteries starring Brenna Miller, Paper Shop Employee in New England.)
  • Janet Bolin
    • She writes the Threadville Mysteries, featuring Willow Vanderling, embroidery store owner.
  • Heather Webber
    • She writes two series:  With Nina Quinn, the owner of a landscaping firm specializing in surprise garden makeovers in Ohio, and with Lucy Valentine, the black sheep of a psychic matchmaking family, now running the family business, Valentine, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts.

So…..

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14 Responses to “Fictional characters speak! (Well, write…)”

  1. Leann Sweeney Says:

    It is a fun blog! We hope you’ll stop by and visit with these characters. Finally someone had the smarts to put the real stars on stage!

  2. Lorna Barrett Says:

    Thanks so much for giving our group blog a plug!

  3. Janet Bolin Says:

    Thanks for the great review, Chana!

  4. Wendy Lyn Watson Says:

    Thank you for spreading the word! We’re having so much fun with this blog. 🙂

    w.

  5. Avery Aames Says:

    Thanks for the mention! Hope everybody loves the blog. ~Avery

  6. Sheila Connolly Says:

    Thanks for welcoming all our friends–they’re a very talkative bunch!

  7. Denise Swanson Says:

    Thanks. Skye can’t wait to get her turn on Wednesday.

  8. Laura Alden Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Chana!

  9. Mary Jane Maffini Says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for letting cozy-lovin’ people know about Killer Characters. It’s a great gang to hang out with. Charlotte Adams is filled with admiration as you are obviously organized.

    Best regards,

    Mary Jane Maffini

  10. Betty Hechtman Says:

    I’m a little late but then what else is new. Thank you for writing such nice things about me and my blog siblings.

  11. eclecticitee Says:

    Thanks so much to all the terrific authors who came to visit and comment! And thanks for the link on the Killer Characters facebook page.

    Mary Jane, I had to laugh…Charlotte would get a terrible shock if she came to visit, organized is something that I am not! (And I can’t wait for her tips about organizing yarn stash…)

  12. Mary Jane Maffini Says:

    Oh, you had me fooled, just like a tricky suspect in one of my books. But I’m on to you now!

    MJ
    Charlotte Adams mysteries

  13. Gerard Grew Says:

    Stellar site, would really like to see a bit more content though! Then again my nj puppet shows site hasn’t much either – Great post anyway, added your XML feed! Cheers

  14. Mary Jane Maffini Says:

    Thanks! Glad to get your comment today especially as Closet Confidential hits the shelves. Will check out puppet shows! By content, do you mean exerpts? Real murders? Characters tossed in the hoosegow?

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