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Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Elizabeth is the bestselling cozy mystery author of the Southern Quilting mysteries, the Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries, the Village Library Mysteries, and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. Find out more about her books and sign up for her newsletter on her website: http://elizabethspanncraig.com . Find my books on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list... ...more

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Elizabeth Spann Craig Hi Mella! Thanks for the question and for reading my books.

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Hi Mella! Thanks for the question and for reading my books.

There were a couple of things that influenced that. I first started drafting a book in this series in 2003ish. A neighbor of mine at the time was *extremely* upset about some "yard art" that another neighbor had. It was actually a very frou-frou wishing well (with no function as a working well) and some small statues.

Soon after, Parade magazine in the Sunday paper featured an elderly couple with a collection of yard gnomes. Something clicked in my head at that point. :) Their collection wasn't as extensive as Myrtle's, but I figured she could put her collection into overdrive.

At the time, my grandmother (my original inspiration for Myrtle's character) was regularly exasperating my father over her antics. It all came together! (less)
Elizabeth Spann Craig Thanks for reading my books, Lacey! I based Myrtle on one of my beloved grandmothers—Mary Ligon Spann, a retired English teacher with a very sharp min…moreThanks for reading my books, Lacey! I based Myrtle on one of my beloved grandmothers—Mary Ligon Spann, a retired English teacher with a very sharp mind and a delicious sense of humor. :)(less)
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The old saying “what gets measured gets done” applies to writing as much as anything else that requires consistency and perseverance. You're probably aware that many famous writers have writing quotas. A number that is non-negotiable. It’s in the “must-do” category on the to-do list.





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I've often said that I'll likely write Myrtle books until I'm at least as old as Myrtle and even if no one but myself is interested in them...but it makes it *so* nice that readers are enjoying the books, too! I really appreciate all the support, encouragement, emails, Facebook messages...it makes me so happy that others enjoy Myrtle and Miles, too. :)
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Agatha Christie's books have always had a tremendous influence on me and my writing and I was curious to read this new Poirot mystery by Sophie Hannah. Christie fans will recognize a number of her favorite mystery elements in this story: including a ...more
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“Noo-Noo would turn into a tummy with feet if she ate as much as she'd like to eat. Knot What it Seams.”
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“Literature, sharing a wonderful story, is what brings the world together.”
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“Once an English teacher, always an English teacher. Even if you’ve been retired for twenty years.”
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