Tina Kashian

Cozy Mystery Author

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Cover Reveal for Hummus and Homicide

November 13, 2017

I love food. I enjoy all types of cuisine—especially ethnic. You can say it’s in my blood. My Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years near the Jersey shore and I grew up rolling silverware as a child, then working as a waitress and hostess as a teenager. My tips helped pay for my prom gown. We also vacationed at the Jersey shore every summer, and I have wonderful memories of building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel with my siblings. It was natural Read More

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
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