KAREN SHUGHART

Author

What is it About Cozies?

Merriam Webster’s definition of the word “cozy”: Enjoying or affording warmth and ease; marked by or providing contentment or comfort; marked by the intimacy of the family or a close group.  When I decided to write my first mystery, Murder in the Museum: An...

Inspiration by Karen Shughart

Years ago, we spent a winter at our vacation cottage on Lake Ontario while our retirement home in Pennsylvania was being built. Back then, I was telecommuting as a writer and editor for a publishing company, my husband had recently retired, so relocating for several...

Co-Writing a Mystery by Karen Shughart

f anyone had told me I’d someday be co-writing a mystery with 21 others, I’m not sure I would have believed them. Writing a book with so many authors seems like it would be an impossible endeavor. But that’s just what happened when some of us who are affiliated with...

Marketing Tips From a Novice

I’m new to this. My first two books, both non-fiction, were published years ago when there was no social media, no one self-published, the publisher promoted, and barely anyone knew what the word “blog” meant. I’d worked in public relations decades past, but the world...

Recipes in Cozies by Karen Shughart

Cozy sleuths (and sometimes their friends and family members) like to cook. Cozies are, well, cozy, and what’s cozier than the smell of freshly baked bread, cookies redolent with cinnamon and cloves, or a hearty stew, infused with bay leaves, simmering on the stove....

The Importance of Setting

As I write this, it’s raining. Heavily and steadily. And there’s a bit of a chill in the air. After all, it’s fall, a transition month of warm days, cool nights, brilliant sunshine and cloudless skies; apples, pumpkins, red orange, rust and yellow leaves and a...

The Road to Writing is Paved with Good Intentions

My book, Murder in the Museum, was published in the spring by Cozy Cat Press. I resolved to spend at least twice a week promoting it and several more hours writing the second book in the series, Murder in the Cemetery.  I was feeling positive about my progress. The...

The First Sentence

I’ve spent my professional career writing, sometimes as a newspaper columnist and feature writer; other times where I contributed to or edited professional journals, brochures, quality of life books and newsletters. I also wrote two books of non-fiction. I knew that...

Promoting a Book

Promoting books today is very different than it was twenty years ago, when my first book, a bed and breakfast guide, and cookbook, was published. It was available in paperback. Period.  There were no eBooks; audiobooks were available, but only as tapes or CDs. We used...

Working with Law Enforcement Agencies

In our area of upstate New York, county sheriffs’ offices, local police departments, and our state police work tirelessly to protect our citizens. They also do a whole lot more. Last fall, our sheriff’s department opened to the public, for the first time, a...