I’m currently putting together a short story for submission to Death By Cupcake by Elm Books…
Imagine yourself in your favorite chair. There’s a cat in your lap, a fire in the fireplace, and on the little table at your elbow, your favorite hot drink. The book in your hand is a cozy.
A cozy is a mystery, which, of course, means a tale of crime and intrigue. Often that crime is murder. But although the circumstances surrounding the crime can be ugly, that ugliness—as well as any attendant sex, violence, or cruelty–takes place offstage. Instead, the crime is treated as a puzzle, and the sleuth, a charming amateur, is the hero.
Many cozies take place in small, pleasant towns. Many have female sleuths. Quite a few are organized around themes, such as crafts, hobbies, food, or pets. If your mystery has a recipe or a crime-solving ferret, it’s a cozy, and we’d like to see it.
It just caught my imagination, and I think I can get a story based in my current world! I’ve found that it’s a really good way to play with my concepts – No Man’s Land came out of a short, and I do like letting things just run without needing to plot for an entire novella (or novel). So far I’m going down the murder mystery route, although I’m currently lacking a motive. I’m sure one will turn up!
I’ve got a secret door, a scandalous kilt, a necromancer, a mafia don, a murder (obviously), and some other little things that I’m not going to spill quite yet…although no ferret, yet. But I think it’s going to be fun!