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...