"WHAT'S LIT GOT TO DO WITH IT?"
Not a damn thing!
Here's a peek at what happens:
Callie and Jane love receiving presents, but
the package under their Christmas tree isn't
from Santa. It's the jolly old elf himself
though he's not jolly anymore.
This investigation takes Callie away from her
mortuary cosmetician duties to unusual places
like Safe Sister and the first annual St. Mary
Turkey Trot. Sheriff Harmon even temporarily
deputizes her before Santa's killer attacks both
Callie and Jane.
A Corpse Under the Christmas Tree isn't great literature, but it was a great pleasure to write, and, according to the emails she receives, Callie's fans get lots of fun and mystery from her. (Yes, readers correspond with Callie, including holiday and birthday wishes.)
For a decent definition of the cozy genre, go to Wikipedia. I probably should have done that myself before thinking that's what I was creating. Writing the first Callie mystery, I believed it was a cozy, but publishers marketed it and the following ones as Mainstream Mystery, and I created my own genre title--the cozyesque.
Some cozies include recipes, stitchery patterns, and other useful instructions. Perhaps additions like that would move me more into the cozy genre. I considered adding knitting or crochet patterns. After all, I learned to crochet and knit when I divorced.
I learned to knit and crochet. When the afghan for my king size bed was about twelve inches square, I decided I'd rather go dancing.
|I'd still rather dance though I don't look quite like this doing it anymore.|
No knitting or crochet patterns for a Callie book. I did, however, desire more "cozyesqueness" in the new book.
I added recipes.
No, they aren't scattered through the narrative. When other writers do that, it disrupts my reading. Callie's brother Frankie has added some of Pa's Southern Recipes and Rizzie's Gullah Recipes at the end of the book.
I hope Callie's readers have as much pleasure reading the new Callie as I did writing it. I hope they try the recipes, some of which were previously on the website.
To read an article that made me very happy about the new book, go to http://www.free-times.com/pdf/112713/#p=36 .
This is the first novel I've written with an outline. Next time, I'll share with you why and how.
Until we meet again, take care of … you!