The truth is I never intended to write a cozy mystery. Honest! I had three contemporary romances published and figured I would stick with that genre. I loved writing romances. Loved reading them, too. But one day in a flurry of free-writing, trying to fill my creativity well when I’d hit a brick wall with a current romance project, a character developed along with a story that wasn’t a romance. Where in the world did that come from? And what should I do with it? The story flowed easily from my imagination as I played with it. No pressure, no deadline – just writing for fun. I had no plans for the project because it didn’t fit the market I was targeting. But the characters stuck in my mind, so one day I showed it to my critique group. They agreed it wasn’t a romance but told me it sounded like a fit for the cozy mystery genre. That’s all it took to jump start the Joyful Noise Mysteries.
Being a Gemini Can Be Double Trouble
Since this is the first post on my Joyful Noise blog page and also the first one as Lora Lee on the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop, I guess introductions are in order. I’m thrilled to be here today and look forward to seeing you here again.
As Lora Lee, I write a fun, warm cozy mystery series, Joyful Noise, for Bell Bridge Books. The first book, Bringing in the Thieves, is set in the world of choirs, glee clubs and the gentle shenanigans of a close-knit church community and is a mid-November release. Cover reveal coming soon.
As Loralee Lillibridge, my other, more romantic persona, I write contemporary romances set in the Texas Hill Country. My first one was Accidental Hero, a Special Edition for Harlequin, followed by All That Matters and Hill Country Man for Tell-Tale Publishers.
So how do I deal with two sides to my Gemini writing personality? Not easily, I assure you. There are days when I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” The fact that I’m in my “Golden Years” adds yet another side to my identity as a writer – my writing speed is much slower than it used to be. My brain functions a little slower too. Jumping from writing romantic, deeply passionate love scenes to solving a whodunit filled with quirky characters requires a huge leap of faith and a giant stretch of imagination. Talk about a work-out!