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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, Indiana

by Sally Carpenter In finding a setting for my new series, I wanted to use a small town, as is typical in most cozies. But I didn’t want a generic town or the same city as every other cozy. What … Continue reading

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A new year, a new look

By Sally Carpenter  Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! I hope this will be a happy and fulfilling year for everyone. May readers find many new authors to enjoy. May writers publish a bounty of good stories. Many use … Continue reading

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The long and the ‘shorts’ of it all

By Sally Carpenter A short story anthology is like a box of chocolate—you never know what you’re going to get. Like all small presses, Cozy Cat Press doesn’t have a big advertising budget, so publisher Patricia Rockwell is always looking … Continue reading

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Meeting Peter Graves

by Sally Carpenter Over the years I’ve met celebrities at book signings, concerts and appearances. Some stars have been quite charming; others apparently wanted me to go away. One particular appearance comes in mind regarding my WIP set in 1967. … Continue reading

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Retro-dressing my characters

By Sally Carpenter One of the challenges of writers of historical mysteries is clothing their characters. As fashions change continually, authors must carefully research their time period for accuracy. My new cozy is set in 1967, a period that should … Continue reading

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Cold War ethics

My WIP is a cold war cozy, a somewhat traditional cozy mystery with spies. The setting is 1967, the peak of the spy craze on TV and in the movies. One of my favorite shows from this era is “Mission: … Continue reading

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Trixie Beldon and me

By Sally Carpenter I don’t remember how old I was at the time, but one Christmas my parents gave me the first two Trixie Beldon books, “Secret of the Mansion” and “The Red Trailer Mystery.” Since then I’ve gone on … Continue reading

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