Ever wonder about the story behind some of your favorite book blogs? Well, you’re in luck, because once a month Chicks on the Case features an interview with a well-known book blogger. Our June spotlight is our good friend Linda Langford of Chatting About Cozies.
I created my Facebook page, Chatting About Cozies, in January 2014. Reading has always been my passion. In my mid-50’s, I had some spare time in my life and decided this was a great way for me to volunteer and give back to others by helping share the word about cozies. At that time, I couldn’t find a page or blog that fulfilled all my interests about cozy mysteries so I started one! I was amazed at the immediate and positive response from fellow readers. I’ve tried several different features including giveaways, cover reveals, chats about all the different kinds of cozy mystery themes, book previews, book reviews, sharing cozy news from authors, bloggers, and readers, plus a book club (during the first year). It’s a fun page! I started an actual blog earlier this year, and post reviews and cozy news there, also, with plans to add more cozy links as time allows. Everyone with an interest in cozy mysteries is welcome to visit either my Facebook page and/or blog anytime to see what’s new in the cozy mystery world!
Do you also post your reviews elsewhere (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)? Why or why not?
I post my reviews on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, NetGalley, my Facebook page and blog, Bookbub, Twitter, and several cozy mystery groups on Facebook. The purpose of honest reviews is to let other readers know what you like, or dislike, about a book. I love reading cozies and just naturally want to share information with those who have similar likes. Reviews are a great way to show authors how much you appreciate their hard work.
What are some of the best or most surprising experiences you’ve had related to your blog?
The best thing about blogging in the cozy community are the readers and authors you get to know who share the same love for the same sub-genre that you do. I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest, most caring, and supportive online friends via Cozy readers on Facebook. In the past, I surprised several cozy readers by calling them on the telephone. Our conversations were fun, and as easy and natural as if we’d known each other for years!
What advice would you give to new bloggers and/or to authors who would like to connect with book bloggers?
For new bloggers who’ve discovered cozy mysteries, my advice for a successful blog or page is to first be sure you have sufficient free time to create and maintain a space that’s appealing and creative enough to attract potential followers. Time is always a challenge because there’s never enough time to do everything you’d like to do. It’s okay to gradually add new ideas to your blog to keep it up-to-date and original.
As far as authors connecting with book bloggers—network! Check out different bloggers and see how they review, then message them and ask if their schedule can fit in reading and reviewing your book. Please provide the release date, title, series, etcetera. There are many cozies being published, and for myself, the earlier I’m contacted and receive an ARC and get an author’s name on my reading list, the better. I appreciate all the publishers and authors, past and present, that I’ve been honored to read and review books for.
What do you love about cozy mysteries?
I enjoy all aspects of cozy mysteries. I prefer my reading material to be clean and not offensive. That means no graphic violence, no steamy love scenes, and no foul language. I love animals and find the majority of Cozies include pets as secondary characters. I also enjoy humor and look for lovely settings in the novels. I look for beautiful characterization since cozies are series and I’ll be re-visiting the characters over and over and want to really enjoy their lives. Cozies are educational, and I’ve learned all kinds of new and interesting things reading my cozies! After all, cozies are being read by women and men of all ages for relaxation and to keep their minds active!
Thanks to all the Chicks on the Case for the interview. It’s been my pleasure!
Bio: Linda Langford lives in East Texas with her husband and several pets. She’s a country girl at heart and loves animals, nature, and beautiful beaches—and cozy mysteries, of course! You can connect with Linda on Facebook and Twitter (@chatcozy), as well as on her blog.
Okay, readers, say hi to Linda, and tell us what you love most about cozy mysteries in the comments below.
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