Guest Chick: Margaret Mizushima

Please join us in welcoming back the fantastic Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries! The Joys of Being a Veterinarian’s Wife (or How Being a Vet’s Wife Inspired My Writing) I’ve been married to a veterinarian for almost forty years. (No applause needed, but sometimes I do think I deserve a medal.) During this time I’ve learned to deal with countless … Continue reading Guest Chick: Margaret Mizushima


Thrilled to share that today is the book birthday for LONG ISLAND ICED TEA, the second book in the Catering Hall Mysteries series by our very own Maria DiRico who is also Ellen Byron. In the second installment of Maria DiRico’s new Catering Hall Mystery series, Mia Carina is back in the borough of Queens, in charge of the family catering hall Belle View Banquet … Continue reading LONG ISLAND ICED TINA Launches Today!

Your Book is Making Me Hungry

Dear Authors, While I appreciate you putting mouth-watering food descriptions in your books, I also charge you with making me hungry. Your excellent sensory prose has led to the revival of my sweet tooth, much snacking, and procrasti-baking. My evidence? Exhibit A: Pecan Pralines. I made these after reading Ellen’s Fatal Cajun Festival. Exhibit B: Cinnamon Rolls. These pastries aren’t even typically served at the … Continue reading Your Book is Making Me Hungry

Guest Chick—Elizabeth Pantley

Becky here … I’m so excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Pantley today as she talks about the inspiration and research she magically fell into for her new book Falling Into Magic. When Mountain Climbing becomes Book Inspiration Hayden, my protagonist, is a hiker, and fairly new to the sport, just like me. I used my own experiences trekking through the great Pacific Northwest over … Continue reading Guest Chick—Elizabeth Pantley

Mardi Gras becomes Yardi Gras

No parades. No balls. No bars. No hordes of visitors reveling in iconic Mardi Gras celebrations. You’d think that would plunge a city into a deep depression. Well, not if that city is New Orleans. Don’t get me wrong, there was depression. How could there not be? But then some of New Orleans’ many creative types came up with a way to celebrate in a … Continue reading Mardi Gras becomes Yardi Gras

The Moment We First Felt Like a Legit Author

Sometimes it’s hard for us authors to believe we are really, truly…well, authors. What an honor and thrill that the words we tap onto our keyboards magically–or not so magically–become books that other people may read. We Chicks still pinch ourselves sometimes, but here are the moments we realized, Hey, this is real!

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Guest Chick: Esme Addison

The Chicks are thrilled to welcome Esme Addison, who writes the delightfully magical Enchanted Bay Mysteries. Today, she shares the charming tale of what inspired her series… I have loved cozy mysteries ever since I discovered Ellen Crosby’s A Wine Country Mystery, after I’d just returned from a trip to Napa Valley, California and wanted to read a book about wine making. I didn’t even … Continue reading Guest Chick: Esme Addison

Guest Chicks: Mally Becker, Liz Milliron, Kerry Peresta, C.L. Tolbert

The Chicks are delighted to bring you four wonderful guest authors today: please welcome Mally Becker, Liz Milliron, Kerry Peresta, and C.L. Tolbert from Level Best Books! Hello Chicks! It is fabulous to be here. We’re having a lot of fun hanging out together and it is so exciting we get to share our books with you. When we got together, we started thinking about … Continue reading Guest Chicks: Mally Becker, Liz Milliron, Kerry Peresta, C.L. Tolbert

Guest Chick: Olivia Blacke

Hi, it’s Jennifer here. I’m so excited to introduce Olivia Blacke today. Olivia has written a fabulous debut cozy, Killer Content–I know because I got to read an early copy! Happy release week, and thanks so much for joining us today, Olivia! First and foremost, thank you for having me on Chicks on the Case! I’m Olivia Blacke and my debut cozy mystery—Killer Content (A … Continue reading Guest Chick: Olivia Blacke

Like Mother Like Daughter

My mother, Smiley Cook Karst—who passed away on January 3rd at the grand old age of 91—was perhaps my greatest inspiration as a writer. Sure, my law professor father, author of three books and many dozens of articles about Constitutional law, was far more famous. But notwithstanding that I, too, worked as an attorney, I was never drawn to writing about the law. No, my … Continue reading Like Mother Like Daughter