Cher'ley Grogg is married to a wonderful, supportive husband, she has two married children and four marvelous grandchildren. She enjoys painting, photography, stitchery, reading and writing. She has completed two novels which are in the final editing stages. To support all her hobbies, she drives an eighteen wheeler cross country. She's been published in All Things Girl magazine, local newspapers, Long Ridge Writer's Anthology, Crime and Suspense magazine and 34th Parallel Anthology, and several blogs. She serves as an intern for WOW magazine. She belongs to numerous witing groups: Sisters in Crime, Guppies, Muse Online,West Virginia's Writers Group, Writer's University, Crime and Suspense, Edit Red and Crime Scene Writers.
by Cher'ley Grogg
The word Cozy brings up warm thoughts. The best time of year to think cozy is winter. A blazing fire, a heavy blanket, a hot cup of tea and fuzzy slippers are among my favorite warmer uppers. These items help a person escape from the cold. Short days and long frigid nights are a bit depressing. To help the nights seem shorter I love to curl up and snuggle in with a Cozy Mystery.
I'm in the process of revising two cozy mystery novels. One is for adults and it's set in a"quaint" little town in West Virginia and the other is for children and it's set in a "quaint" little town in Ohio. Usually Cozies have "quaint" or intriguing towns. These are areas people would like to visit over and over. The settings for hard boiled mysteries, suspense and even horror are usually set in cities or larger more populated areas.
My characters are mostly "quirky". Good people, hard working, dedicated They have strong minds and strong wills. An inner strength that not only surprises them, but everyone they know. The main characters in Cozies are average, everyday people who step up to the plate when they're most needed. They almost always end up putting other peoples needs before their own.
A river runs through both of my cozies. The rivers wind, twist and mingle in the countryside. Romance does the same thing. It winds and twists and mingles among the characters. Just a touch, because if there were too much love it would be a romance novel instead of a cozy mystery.
Often in suspense, horror or hard-boiled detective novels we know who committed the crime and we get to see an explicit image of the crime. The Cozy is a mystery which is more of a puzzle. The fun part of reading a cozy is following the amateur sleuth into their search of whodunit. It contains little violence, sex, or low language. The reader trusts that good will win over evil.
The cozy plays with the mind. It's an intellectual puzzle. People who are drawn to cozies are reported to be highly intelligent and not inclined to read fiction. The cozies are a study of human nature.
Above everything else a cozy offers a relaxing way to escape from everyday problems. It's normally a book you can read and then pass on to your children or your mother. A story that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face as you and the main character solve the crime together.
Have you ever considered writing a Cozy Mystery? I'm no expert, but I'll always try to make myself available to help new writers along their way so don't hesitate to seek me out.
I enjoyed reading 10 Killer Tips to writing the cozy mystery offered by Anita Higman who is the author of 22 novels. http://www.anitahigman.com/writer_resources.htm