Bringing the Boom

I want to post something here before July gets too far away from us and the 4th of July seems as good a day as any for self-centered writing. I took Spenser this morning to see Despicable Me 2 and it was awesome. Loved it. Later we’ll be going to a cook out but for the next couple of hours I’ll be doing a little writing and a LOT of editing. I’ve been chipping away at the cozy novel and I think I’m finally getting into a groove with it. I completed the first chapter and I think I’ve set the stage nicely for the first chunk of the book at least.

While I was thinking about the plotting elements of cozy novels, I started thinking about other cozy series I could write and wrote about it over at Facebook and Twitter. This is what I came up with:

I’m utterly flabbergasted that no one has written a Mackinaw Island Fudge Shop mystery series yet. Isolated small town: check, quirky food shops: check, tourists: check.

So I plotted out the 1st Mackinaw Island book FUDGE AND JURY over on Twitter. The owner of the island’s 3rd best fudge shop has jury duty during the busiest 4th of July Week. She tries to get out of it but the lawyers want her and one of them is a real jerk about it. When he turns up murdered in her shop she has to clear her name. Bam. Send me the checks now.

I think cozies are a great representation of how i think. Give me no boundaries and I wander around lost, but give me a rigid formula and I’ll come up with 100 great ideas that play to that formula but also twist it.

So that’s what I’m thinking about. As the series I’m working on right now is close to my heart and I don’t want to spoil any of it (or give anyone any ideas to steal) I’ll keep that info to myself. But maybe someday you’ll see a pink paperback on the shelf for FUDGE AND JURY with my name (or more likely a female pen name) on it.