Episode 40: Everything you really wanted to know about cozy mysteries with author Barbara Ross

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What is a cozy mystery, really?

I’m digging into this question this week with my favorite person to have this conversation with – a fellow cozy author and one of the Wickeds, Barbara Ross. Whenever the question about what a cozy REALLY is comes up and Barb is in the room, you can bet you’re in for an education – or at least a spirited discussion.

Barb is the author of the acclaimed Maine Clambake Mysteries as well as the Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody series and the standalone Death of an Ambitious Woman. She is a multiple-time Agatha nominee and she’s also won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

And she’s very passionate about the subject of cozies! We covered a lot in this conversation:

• What cozies are, vs. what they are not

• Their impact on the mystery fiction genre

• Food in cozies and how it enhances the community feel of the books

• How to make sure your characters are multilayered so they feel real to the reader

If you’re a cozy mystery writer or are looking to write a cozy, you don’t want to miss this episode.

You can find more about Barb here: https://barbararossauthor.com/

And stay tuned for some big news coming up soon about a masterclass on mindful mystery writing!

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