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 upcoming Village Library Mysteries, and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. Find out more about her books on her website: http://elizabethspanncraig.com . Sign up for her free newsletter for updates on releases, recipes, and more: http://eepurl.com/kCy5j .

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Elizabeth Spann Craig 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…more
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…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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Today I thought I’d cover my process for starting a new cozy series. This post isn’t intended to replace the more in-depth posts I created for developing a sleuth, sidekick, setting, et al. For tips on the nitty gritty part of developing those specific elements, see those particular posts and this series. 


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