Writing a cozy mystery authors
Cozy mystery protagonist
If you can let agents know that 86 million people I made that number up are soap carving fanatics, then you might have an original new hook for a cozy series. They notice Freudian slips, abnormal behaviors, and irregular conversations. Instead, he or she is a person pushed to his or her limits, a person who believes that his or her only escape from the current circumstances is to take another life. Food, books, and animals have long-standing appeal, so think book clubs, restaurants, pet shops, and countless variations of these. The more abstract the craft, the harder the sell. And they are astute. Mystery readers are smart people: they are puzzle solvers and inquisitive, and they like their sleuths to be the same. Am I writing to a formula? While detection is still at the heart of the story, that plot must move along with more driving action than the genre used to demand. Tree lighting ceremonies, homecoming parades, Independence Day picnics, and high school football games are all fodder for creating authentic settings. During these days of real calamity, devastating news, and horrific happenings, my mind is torn. While I, like the rest of my neighbors, deal with grief, confusion, and bare emotion in the face of this genuine sorrow, my mind insists on escaping to a safe, soothing hamlet.
The cozy elements may also be transferred into the future. If the romance starts to overshadow the mystery, however, the story has crossed over into another sub-genre of mystery: romantic suspense.
Protagonists are typically amateur and usually female sleuths solving small-town crimes with old-fashioned detective work rather than forensics. Those supporting characters both help and hinder the protagonist, and it is a story about a community banding together for what is right.
What right do I have to civilize a crime as hideous as murder?
My writing provides a temporary getaway — a momentary respite from shocking newspaper headlines and true crime shows. There is an undeniable comfort in routine.
I know that in real life there are no clear-cut solutions, no neatly tied parcels of right answers.
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