Anna Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Here we are, already at the end of May. Time’s just ticking along, isn’t it? Being that it’s the last Monday of the month, it’s time for one of my favorite treats, an author meet and greet. Today, fellow Cozy Cat Press writer Anna Kern is sitting down for a little confab. She’s the author of the Murphy the Cat Mystery series, and I have to tell you I think the books are purrfectly furtastic. So settle on in folks, and find out what’s mew in Anna’s cat tales.

1. So tell me a little about your series and main characters.Deadly_Diamond

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce Murfy, the narrator and main character in the Murfy the Cat Mystery series. His mission is to comfort and protect his human, Alyx Hille, owner of an antique store and design firm. Sometimes, that entails extraordinary action on his part, and although he looks and behaves like an ordinary long hair, cream tabby with green eyes, he’s not your ordinary Felis catus. Alyx suspects this but she has no actual proof so far, and he intends to keep it that way.

In DEADLY DIAMOND, the second book in the series, a thief making his get-away from a jewelry store heist runs into an antiques shop and hides a loose-cut diamond in one of the little drawers of an old slant-front desk, unaware that he has been observed by Murfy the cat, and his female feline friend––Misty. Unfortunately, Murfy has no way to inform his mistress and the store’s owner, Alyx Hille, of what he’s seen. That same day the desk is delivered to Althea Burns, an elderly customer and friend later found murdered. Could her death be connected to the diamond hidden in the desk? Murfy decides he must let his mistress, Alyx know what he knows. But how?

Murfy enlists the help of his feline housemates, Pooky and Misty and quickly embarks on a mission to discover the story behind the hidden diamond and how it might be connected to the killing of Althea Burns. Will Murfy get his message across to Alyx so she can discover who killed her friend? Will he be able to protect Alyx from a killer? And will he be able to uncover the true story of the DEADLY DIAMOND?

2. What is your writing process like? Do you thrive on routine or work spontaneously as the whim takes you?

Creativity ebbs and flows so I don’t have a routine – I write when inspired, unless I’m developing a plot for a new book. And in that case, I write every day until it works, sometimes just a sentence, and sometimes several pages.

3. What exciting moment or moments have made you realize that you were really an “author”?

That exciting, emotional moment when I realized I was an “author” happened when I received the “proof” copy of the book, lifted it out of the box and saw my name on the cover.

4. What do you do to spark up your creativity when you feel the well of inspiration is running dry?

I’m inspired by what I see, hear or read, including my own writing. The idea for the second book came from the first book in the series, A PAW-SIBLE THEORY, where I created an interesting character that Alyx befriends and later ends-up murdered in DEADLY DIAMOND.

5. Who are some of your favorite authors and how do you feel they have influenced your desire to write?

I enjoy reading the works of many authors and my favorite author is the one I’m reading at the time – mystery, science-fiction, historical fiction, spy novels, and cozy mysteries, of course. I already had a story in mind involving my cat when I came across Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. Her easy to read, no-nonsense, “the facts and just the facts” style inspired me to write what turned out to be a cozy mystery.

Thanks, Anna. It was a pleasure getting to know you better and sharing your a-mewsing style with my readers. And friends, be sure to pick up your very own Kindle copy of DEADLY DIAMOND today. You’ll be glad you did.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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I’ll Buy That!

Hi there, guys and dolls! My girls have great fun while doing research for my Poppy Cove Mysteries. Th3f890ad4167026b1f6f9827b5f661242e fourth and current work in progress is set in 1959. I thought you might enjoy some of the fine advertisements of the time.

Why not start your day with a coat or two with a new lighter shade of lipstick? Sherbety shades, velvety vanillas and intriguing icings are just waiting for you. And doesn’t Suzy Parker look so alluring, just as you will, too. It’ll set you up to deal with this darling child.Johnson & Johnson - 19590525 Life

Now what mother hasn’t wondered that it’s been too quiet for too long, that child must be up to something? Of course, I’m not one to judge if you’re letting your child get into the wood shed where he really could inflict some damage (that’s what growing up in the ’50’s was all about, right?), but I’ll certainly say that you’d be right to have plenty of first aid supplies around.

1959 Oldsmobile  Cdn -16-17Dealing with those trials and tribulations may make you want to get away from it all. Road trip, anyone? The ad says it all – dramatic! No point in6b3f84eaee1195ce27d86feaf9085e3e understating, if it’s Oldsmobile, it has to be a big deal.

Of course, nothing says more about a great escape than glamorous air travel. The luxury, the spaciousness, the lack of concern about turbulence and safety. It was the only way to fly, well the best way to fly, anyway.

And yes, oncePepsi-Ads_05 you are there a refreshing drink on the beach is in order. They do seem like wonderful people, don’t they? Just like you, dear readers.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

 

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Mabel, do you Think we Should Call the Police or Something?

Hi there, guys and dolls! My alter egos Andrea and Heather have such a fun time writing my Poppy Cove Mysteries for me. Personally, I really like taking the credit and limelight for it. They let me, so it all works out.

Anyhoo, back to my topic (I do tend to wander in my thoughts), my girls have a good routine when it comes to writing. It has been a little disrupted as of late with some pesky life nuisances, but the light’s at the end of the tunnel on the bigger ones, so they have been able to find creative time and energy again, thank goodness.

Right, back to the writing routine. My girls have set up a really spiffy place to write. They’ve got a room set up where they can leave their work in progress out, place to spread their notes, research and inspirational materials. They also have a library of swinging Sinatra, jazz and classical music to keep just the right vibe to match the task.

That works perfectly when they are setting the words down, going over details and editing. However, when they are working out plot and storylines, they like to be out, and who can blame them, what with all the beautiful parks and beaches, and happening cafés, pubs and restaurants around? So there they sit, out in the unsuspecting public, with all those decent people around, talking about murder, treachery and deceit? Those two can get on a tangent and get rather loud, talking about some unseemly things that they would never actually do in person. Before they know it, they’re getting worried glances from nearby tables. The poor souls move slightly away, with darting eyes and whispered fretting, wondering if the authorities should be called in.

Fortunately, my girls have a sense of compassion and humor for their fellow man and/or woman. They’ll usually make a basic introduction of themselves and what they do before they get taken away to a little room and grilled. The strangers then relax, sometimes become even friends and readers, too.

Good times, this fictional life of crime:-).

Toodles,

Barbara Jean Coast

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So What Have They Been Up To?

Hi there, guys and dolls! Today I was thinking about my darling Santa Luciabfef1-barbarajeancoast27sbookns who are the heart of my Poppy Cove Mysteries, and wondering what they do when I’m busy running around and carousing about. They seem to have lives of their own – I just take it all down and maybe embellish a little.

It may seem kind of crazy, and yes I know that I make it up as I go along – heck, I’m already a pen name, so it’s not that far-fetched for you, is it? As I write my tales, I of course think about the plot, scenes and also how the characters act and react with each other. Who they are in the pecking order socially, their daily habits, their backgrounds, anything that plays a part in the story.

I wonder aboDeath_of_a_Beauty_Queen_1600x2400_(Ebook)ut Margot and her designs, what are her influences and expressions, what she is drawn to create. How does her striving for independence work with the love she has for her darling Tom? And Daphne, she is very fun and carefree, but she’s realizing that’s not the case for everyone, and through their lessons, others learn things and she’s got a quest for knowledge and self discovery, too.

Loretta is a busy-body snoop, yet still loveable A_Nate_To_Rememberand why is she so driven to uncover the stories of others? And what about her personal life? What brought her to Santa Lucia, away from Hollywood where she loved the glitz and gossip so much. Nancy’s a pain, and how does that affect her daughters? What does her mousy Barbara really think of it all?

At times, they all seem like real people to me. I think of them and wonder what they get up to without me. And then, what do they tell me and what do they keep to themselves? I guess it’s all part of life’s mysteries, or my Poppy Cove Mysteries, to be precise.

Thanks for being along for the journey.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

 

 

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A Mother’s Day Salute

Hi there, guys and dolls! One of the favorite special occasions is right around the corner. Mother’s Day is something we all should share and celebrate, from the perspective of mother and/or child. Mothers do so much for the future of our wo4806463_l3rld, so let’s take a few moments through the magic of educational video to honor the terrific ladies in our lives.

All great film experiences should start with a cartoon. Here we have Goo Goo Goliath who is a cute, big baby that still this mother truly loved.12_0524_05

Now for you more traditional mothers out there, here’s a clip of the modern hospital,where baby will get a much better delivery than a drunk stork. Do pay special attention to the wonderful feature of the baby drawer. Just whisk them in and out, at your pleasure.answering_the_childs_why

And then, just a few years down the road of life, the happy mother shares her wisdom and always remembers to Answer The Child’s Why, or risk developing a poor case study like Molly, who will have to learn life’s liEatforHe1954_00030000ttle answers for herself.

And mothers help us all grow big and strong. In Eat for Health, Ralph may learn about the five food groups (a little different from our times now), but mother’s the one to make sure they’re oA_Date_with_Your_Familyn the table, ready and yummy.

Speaking of food, what’s a better thing than all sitting down together to celebrate Mother’s Day and the Family Dinner Date. Just remember to always do your share to help out and make the meal pleasant and happy.

Of course, some of this is very hokey, dated and sexist, but honestly, aren’t these clips just a hoot? What with the choppy editing, wonky music and grainy quality, the old fashioned attitudes fit right in. Take it all with a grain of salt. There are still some terrific values in what is being said, and the rest, well, be glad we’ve evolved ;-)!

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Vicki Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! So, so long April. Can you believe that it’s already the last week of the month? I do hope that wherever you are, you’ve had your share of April showers to bring some of those beautiful May flowers. Of course, the month end also means one of my favorite things, an interview with one of my fellow Cozy Cat Press authors. This time, it’s Vicki Vass, who has the fantabulous Antique Hunters Mystery series. I love them. She’s got a couple of savvy sleuths whose curiosity keeps them finding not only valuable treasures but a great deal of fun and romance, too. Settle on in, friends and get to know all about Vicki and her tales. Her latest and third in the series, KILLER FINDS has just been released.51pFOD4vi8L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

1. So tell me a little about your series and main characters.

My series tells the not-so-real life adventures of my two best friends, Anne and CC. It is based on their weekly exploits hunting for antiques. Anne is a consummate shopper, searching for bargains among flea markets, antique stores, garage sales and auctions. Like me, CC is a journalist who has a vast wealth of knowledge except for when not to share it.

2.What is your writing process like? Do you thrive on routine or work spontaneously as the whim takes you?

My writing process is a little bit of both. With my years of experience as a journalist, I try to make it a practice of writing every night after my full-time job. However, I have been known to be inspired at other times and write. I do not write an exhaustive outline instead letting the story build.

3. What exciting moment or moments have made you realize that you were really an “author”?

There are several. I think the first time that we received the actual book in the mail. Even after having 1,400 articles published in the Chicago Tribune, it was still exciting to see that book. When I did my first book signing and people were actually waiting to meet me.

4. What do you do to spark up your creativity when you feel the well of inspiration is running dry?

I don’t know. I haven’t actually had that problem. I have plenty of ideas for characters, series, my only limit is time. When I get stuck in a story, I usually take a break and walk my Australian shepherd or take a shower. The best ideas sometimes come when I’m not sitting at the computer but instead doing something else.

5. Who are some of your favorite authors and how do you feel they have influenced your desire to write?

Would I be predictable if I said Jane Austen? I’ve loved her command of language and dialogue since I first read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I’ve also been a fan of Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and Vicki Barr mysteries. In fact, I changed the spelling of my first name after reading Vicki Barr. I think reading those authors helped steer me toward writing mysteries, and I love cozy mysteries. I enjoy getting to know the characters and their environments.

Thanks for joining me, Vicki. It was great fun to clink a glass or two with you. And fellow mystery lovers, be sure to get your copy of KILLER FINDS today. She’s also on Facebook and has a swell website and blog that she would love to have you visit. Till next week, friends.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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The View from my Soapbox

Hi there, guys and dolls! This week I heard from a talented writer friend that I highly admire who was unfortunately down in the dumps, and quite frankly it made me a little sad. They were doubting their ability as a storyteller, not basing it on a lack of creativity, ideas or responses from readers, but on sales, or the lack thereof. This terrific and prolific author feels that it must be because they are bad at the craft and they are planning to let their hard worked creations go for less than a song, all in the name of self doubt, rooted in numbers. I say, in the warmest way, fiddle faddle to that.

Yours truly (and my writer alter egos) are names and not a number. Writing is about telling a story, not adding up numbers in some skewed popularity contest. Fleeting rankings and sales figures do not mean a book is good or bad. Publishing these days is like the wild west, which has its positive and negative sides, where great works that may have been overlooked now reach readers, but also ones that should not see the light of day end up on bookshelves. It has led to a glut in the marketplace and with the birth of the mcnovel capitalizing on the novelty aspect of Kindle, with some books being produced without any attention to detail and some others being just cut and paste mashups of others’ hard work and original thought. Now of course, there are some great stories that are popular as well, but just because a book is not in the top ten does not mean it shouldn’t be. Marketing can be smart, but not always perfect and does not reflect the value of the product, and comparing all the items available in such a schmozzle is degrading and futile.

I say to my friend, myself and my other fellow writers who are truly in the craft for the love of it, hang in there. Offer your work at a fair price, believe in your value, know your work, and have gratitude for those who do appreciate you. Connect with those you admire and keep writing what you are inspired to tell. Let the rest fall by the wayside. When the fickle give up (and they always eventually do), you will remain, satisfied that you did.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

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Happy to Make Your Acquaintance

Hi there, guys and dolls! Andrea and Heather here and don’t we feel blessed. Lately, we have made so many new friends and curious visitors to the wonderful world of Barbara Jean Coast, and the Santa Lucia she inhabits. It keeps us walking happy and finger snappy (currently listening to Radio Deluxe playing Peggy Lee as we write this, thank you so much for the inspiration, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey :-)). Anyhoo, for our new travelers interested in a trip to our fair town and to meet Poppy Cove’s fair Daphne and Margot, here is the scoop on the first three books and links to the Kindle copies. And for those of you who have been with us all along and are all caught up, we are happy to report that personal situations have become more manageable and health is improving, and on course for a full recovery by mid to the end of July, allowing us to finally be able to devote more time, love and energy in Barbara Jean’s glamorous gals and the world they live in. We’ll deliver book four to you as soon as we can. What we are able to say now is that there are some new faces, old dears, blossoming ladies ready to make your acquaintance in their very fashionable way. And as it turns out, not all homemakers are happy, and being a domestic goddess may not be natural to all our delightful ladies. So there!

As promised, here’s the scoop on the first three (STRANGLED BY SILK, DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN and A NATE TO REMEMBER). Enjoy:-)

bfef1-barbarajeancoast27sbookSTRANGLED BY SILK – Darlings!  Here’s the scoop on my first mystery. It’s all about Daphne and Margot — two independent young California women in 1957 -– own their own dress shop called Poppy Cove.

When one of their top clients –– Constance Stearns-Montgomery –– is strangled to death with her own silk scarf at the opening ceremonies for her new girls’ academy, Daphne and Margot are shocked.  They can’t believe that such a horrid crime could take place in their sleepy little oceanside village of Santa Lucia.  Worse, they’ve lost one of their best clients.  The two women quickly become embroiled in solving the crime.  After all, if anyone can track down the killer, it should be them.  Margot’s long-time beau is the town’s top cop, and Daphne is a master at using her flirtatious wiles to extract information from unsuspecting men.

Of course, neither girl will let their snooping get in the way of more urgent tasks such as choosing new textiles and accessories for Poppy Cove or planning their fall fashion show or –– most important –– selecting the appropriate ensemble to wear for each and every occasion.  But these two fashion detectives are on the case, and the murderer –– and the poorly attired –– had better watch out!e058f-barbarajeancoast27sbookjpg

DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN – It’s the 1950’s in Santa Lucia, California, and the height of the social season.  Time for the new Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, to display her loveliness at a high society fashion show produced by the city’s own fashionistas — Margot and Daphne, owners of Poppy Cove, the most elegant and “in” little dress shop in the county.

Nora steals the show in her designer gown and custom-made necklace created by local jeweler Isaac Mendelson, and used on the sly by his apprentice son-in-law, Efrem Goldberg.  At the conclusion of the show, the young queen is allowed to keep her dress and a replica of the necklace for her own.  But Monday morning, Efrem arrives in a panic at Poppy Cove to beg Margot and Daphne’s assistance in tracking down the real necklace, which he believes was inadvertently switched for the replica backstage.  The girls get involved in Efrem’s dilemma and try to help him before Isaac’s any the wiser.  But before that can happen, Miss Santa Lucia is found dead in her bed and the necklace is missing.

Who killed Nora Burbank?   Is it someone jealous of her new royal position and all of its perks?  Or did she just happen to be in the way when a thief attempted to steal her diamond-studded necklace?  Did Nora have the real or the fake necklace, and how much did the thief and murderer know about it?  But, of course, before the girls can find the killer, they’ll have to create several beautiful ensembles, calm numerous irate clients, and flirt with their ever-so-attentive boyfriends, before solving this mystery.

A_Nate_To_RememberA NATE TO REMEMBER – It’s springtime in Santa Lucia and everything is blooming, including the Poppy Cove dress shop. 1958 is proving to be a banner year for its young owners Margot Williams and Daphne Huntington-Smythe –– with Hollywood starlets becoming customers and attracting national attention to their business. Even the girls’ love lives are blossoming. But a casual walk with their boyfriends along the beachfront after an art show suddenly turns shocking, when an unidentified man’s body is found washed up on the shore, with a gunshot wound clean through his heart.

The startling discovery becomes personal when the police arrive at the dress shop the next day and confirm that the dead man is none other than Nate––Nathan––Reed, Margot’s ex-husband!  Everyone is astounded; Margot has always been secretive about her background, but no one thought it included a spouse. The news becomes even worse when it’s discovered that Margot had a hidden handgun which has now gone missing, and is the same caliber as the one that killed her ex. The young designer finds herself the prime suspect in the murder. She feels even more alone when her police detective boyfriend Tom is forbidden to associate with her while the crime is investigated.

As Margot’s past comes to light, Daphne must come to terms with the news about her friend and business partner, which causes her to wonder if maybe she’s lived too sheltered a life. Determined to have her own secret adventure, Daphne gets herself involved in a predicament more daring than she bargained for.

With Margot working hard to prove her innocence and Daphne trying to lose hers, Nathan’s killer is still on the loose and creating more havoc. That dead man on the beach is truly A NATE TO REMEMBER.

Warm Regards,

Andrea & Heather

aka that Barbara Jean

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Feeling Good :-)

Hi there, guys and dolls! Wishing you a happy Monday, one and all. My girls, Andrea and Heather have had an interesting time over the last year or so. Like everyone else, they have had the various assortments of ups and downs, but there certainly have been some doozies as of late. The highs of course, how much love and fun they have with Daphne, Margot and the gang, and sharing the Santa Lucia set with loyal fans and readers (thank you so much – fourth book is coming, we promise, and in that one, let’s just say not all homemakers are happy…).

The downs however, have been situations with family members who needed personal help, care and attention, which of course takes priority. That’s what love is, after all. And as those of you who have been with us a long time, are aware of some rather serious health matters for one of my girls, of the female housekeeping variety that has been hanging around like the plague for a while. Yours truly is happy to report that the treatments are doing what they should and helping. The surgery is still needed, in about two and a bit months, followed by a lengthy recovery, but all will be better than ever afterward. Gratitude abounds in my world.

What my girls realized is sometimes you just have to feel good taking the time to feel good. I believe that we, as a society, take it for granted sometimes, and when we have those moments when everything feels a little better or right in the world, stop and take it in. Give yourself a giddy grin and realize how happy you are to just be fine. And in times when you are not (and we all have them, don’t we), take a deep breath, recall the times you were just fine and know they will come again. I wish you the very best of health, love and happiness.

Toodles,

Barbara Jean

 

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JT Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Here we go again, the end of another month. I do hope you had a pleasant Easter. Yours truly certainly did. I never miss a chance to parade around in a new pastel frock and bonnet, or pass by anything chocolate. Plus those egg hunts provide such an excellent opportunity to catch a new spring beau as well! Anyhoo, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about one of my talented writer friends, J.T. Toman. She’s the author of one of my favorite Cozy Cat Press books, PICKING LEMONS, the first in her C.J. Whitmore Mysteries series. Friends, why don’t you take a few moments out of your busy day and get to know J.T. a little better? She has some great news. Read along to find out her latest scoop.

1. So tell me a little about your series and main characters.PickingLemons

My mystery series is about an economics professor named C.J. Whitmore.

C.J.  is a brassy, sassy Texan, who wears hot pink cowboy boots. She works at Eaton University, a prestigious college on the east coast. Her colleagues are almost all male, often old, and extremely egotistical. What I love most about C.J. is that she says all the things I would love to say, but don’t have the self-confidence to utter.

The first book in the series is PICKING LEMONS, and the second book, OCCAM’S MURDER, is coming out soon.

2. What is your writing process like? Do you thrive on routine or work spontaneously as the whim takes you?

In my mind, I always plan to write for two hours a day, writing a minimum of 1000 words each time. However, the great thing about plans is that they can be flexible! I find that home life sometimes gets busy, and I won’t write for weeks at a time. And then things slow down and I find myself writing for hours every day.

3.What exciting moment or moments have made you realize that you were really an “author”?

I don’t think I have fully grasped that realization yet. When people ask me “what do you do?” I still fumble for an answer. Generally it is my husband who pipes up and says “my wife is an author.”

4.What do you do to spark up your creativity when you feel the well of inspiration is running dry?

When I am feeling not-so-creative, I often go to a local coffee shop and eavesdrop! It sounds so terrible when I write it down, but people say the most outrageous and surprising things. By the time I am halfway through my latte, I am surreptitiously writing notes and itching to get back to my computer to write.

5.Who are some of your favorite authors and how do you feel they have influenced your desire to write?

I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie. Her plots of her books are so clever and I love the distinctive characters of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I also really enjoy reading Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery. Both of those authors remind me that astute observations of everyday life has be both humorous and humbling.

My girls love those authors, too. Such great news about your second book coming out, J.T. A toast of the bubbly to you. And fellow mystery lovers, be sure to check out PICKING LEMONS on your Kindle if you haven’t already done so. You’ve probably got just enough time before OCCAM’S MURDER is ready for your voracious reading appetites.

Toodles,

Babara Jean

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