Cleaning the Bookshelves and Other Mommy Guilt Inducing Activities
September 8, 2017
I admit that I’m a hoarder. Not clothes or kitchen gadgets or spontaneous yard sale purchases. But books. Specifically, novels. As a mystery and romance author, I love my books—all kinds—cozy mysteries, thrillers, legal suspense, romances, and even scholarly research tomes. So, when I asked my two young girls, to clean their own rooms, they turned to me and said, “Mommy, what about your office? It’s worse than our rooms.” Uh oh. Can we say conflict? Guilt? Yes, it’s true. Read More
My First Malice Domestic – Mystery Readers’ Weekend
May 9, 2017
This weekend I attended my first mystery conference, Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland. I didn’t know what to expect as I walked into the room. I describe myself as friendly and I enjoy meeting new people, especially writers and readers. Writing is a solitary profession and it can get lonely sitting at your computer day after day. But I also get nervous walking into a room full of new people–many of whom already know each other. I was pleasantly surprised to find everyone very welcoming. Read More
What’s a Cozy Mystery Anyway?
January 26, 2017
I was brimming with excitement to tell my friends and family that I sold a three book cozy series to Kensington Publishing. Imagine my surprise when they asked, “What’s a cozy mystery?” Here’s my summary of the popular genre: Small Town, Amateur Sleuth A cozy mystery is almost always set in a small town with an amateur sleuth. The best example is Jessica Fletcher from the television series, Murder She Wrote. I’ll never tire of reruns! My amateur sleuth, Lucy Berberian, believes Read More
Why a Mediterranean Mystery?
January 23, 2017
I grew up in an ethnic Armenian-American household. My mother was a talented cook and the grapevine in our backyard was more valued that any rosebush. I’d often come home from school to the delicious aromas of simmering grape leaves, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, and shish kebab. Sundays were dedicated to church and family gatherings around the kitchen table. Basing my series at a restaurant was a sure fit for me, too. For twenty-eight years, family owned a restaurant in a small town in South Read More