Hi, Ellen here, and I am so happy to welcome back my pal Daryl Wood Gerber to the Chicks. Today she shares how how a hobby inspired her new series. (Wait until you see her magical cover!)
Playing with Fairies – My New Hobby
“Are you kidding?” I said to my inner voice. “You want me to play with fairies while I write a story? And make fairy gardens? And dig and plant and make mud pies and have fun?”
“Yes,” she said. “And while you create, I want you to believe.”
I snorted. “Yeah, right.”
But then I started writing the first Fairy Garden Mystery, and something happened to me. I felt lighter. Freer. I was playing again. I learned that fairies were imps. And they love to read. And they love the sound of wind chimes. Who knew?
Writing has always been a journey for me. I’ve learned about cheese and cookbooks and French food, and now, I’m learning about fairies and gardening and magic.
What got me started on this new hobby? Well, I couldn’t come up with a new twist on a foodie mystery. “Been there, done that,” my inner voice kept saying. I listen to her often, obviously. And then one day, I went to the Renaissance Faire and met a woman who made fairy gardens, and I fell in love with the craft. I started making miniature gardens and investing in fairy figurines—I’m quite addicted, just ask my kids—and then one day, a lightning bolt struck me. (Only figuratively. I’m fine.) I thought, what if a fairy was a sidekick in a mystery? I’d read lots of mysteries with witches, ghosts, and gargoyles as sidekicks. Why not a fairy?
When my sweet Fiona showed up on the page, it was a done deal. Here she is in my very first fairy garden.
She had sass and spunk and, well, I simply fell head over heels for her. Courtney, my protagonist, loves her, too, which makes my inner voice quite happy. She is not creative when she’s not happy. I must constantly appease her.
So, I’m playing with fairies and having fun with a new hobby and an entirely new mystery series. I hope my readers will have fun, too.
By the way, there are all sorts of groups on Facebook featuring fairy gardens if you’re interested in getting started.
Readers, do you believe in fairies?
ABOUT: Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into one’s life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder…
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she’s starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .
BIO: Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the new Fairy Garden Mysteries and also the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense series plus stand-alone thrillers. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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