Although I consider myself a romantic suspense author and fan, I also used to be an avid reader of cozy mysteries especially those featuring cats. For those of you who also share that interest, I will be featuring Cozy Chats with cozy mystery authors on this blog. If you are an author who writes a cozy series and would like to participate in a future Cozy Chat, please contact me.
Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Leighann Dobbs about her Blackmoore Sisters Paranormal Cozy mystery series.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Blackmoore Sisters series? What gave you the idea for it?
The series focuses on four sisters who have paranormal gifts. I’ve always loved the idea of being gifted somehow but sadly am not blessed that way so I live vicariously through my characters. One sisters sees ghosts, another has powers with healing crystals, another has amped up intuition and the forth can read auras, see energy trails and do powerful things with energy. Oh, and of course there is a cat that has her own powers 🙂
That sounds very interesting. I love paranormal themes, and cats always add a great touch to cozies. Do you have any advice to other authors about writing cozies or writing in general?
Plotting out a good story with lots of action and conflict is key. For me, I have to really think about the plot so I can add the appropriate foreshadowing, clues and red herrings.
I have started to see that myself as I’m finishing the second mystery based on A Stone’s Throw.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new release planned soon? If so, please provide details about it. Is it part of the series or the start of something else or a standalone?
I just completed book 7 in the Blackmoore series, Spell Found, where the girls go to Salem Mass in search of an ancient relic. It released in early December.
Sounds great. Do you write any other genres than cozies?
I also write historical romance and am starting a romantic suspense series in 2016 that I will be co-writing with two other authors.
Nice. Can you tell me how you got started in writing?
I’ve always been an avid reader and being an author was a dream for me. But I never thought I could write books anyone would want to read, so I spent most of my life as a software engineer. When Amazon opened up the world of self-publishing I gave it a try and now here I am with over 25 self published books.
That’s quite an accomplishment. Many writers, including myself, are voracious readers. As a librarian and author, I’m involved in books in both my occupations. I agree that self-publishing has opened up many doors to authors. I self-published, Cloudy Rainbow, my first novel but opted to publish A Stone’s Throw with Limitless Publishing.
Do you have any hobbies besides writing and reading?
I like gardening, drawing and antiquing.
Is there anything else you’d like readers of this blog to know about you and/or your books?
Just that I appreciate every single person that has taken a chance on me and read my books- my readers are the best!
I feel the same way. The reason we authors work so hard promoting our books is to share them with readers. Without an audience, our writing would be meaningless.
Thank you so much for joining us on Cozy Chat today, Leighann, and good luck with your Blackmoore Sisters series and the new one you are working on.
Thanks. Also, Dead Wrong, the first book in the Blackmoore Sisters series, is currently available free on Amazon.
Good to know. I may download a copy. Thanks again, and Happy Holidays to you!