The Chicks are thrilled to welcome Julia Henry, author of the Garden Squad mysteries–we’re so excited about the latest book in the series: Wreathing Havoc is available now!
The Community of Cozies
Thank you, Cynthia, and the rest of the Chicks on the Case for having me on the blog today! I really appreciate you helping me celebrate the release of Wreathing Havoc, the fourth book in my Garden Squad series.
The series takes place in Goosebush, Massachusetts. The central character is Lilly Jayne, a master gardener and recent widow who, with the help of her friends (the Garden Squad), has been bringing her gardens, and her joy, back to life. They’ve also been solving mysteries so that Goosebush gets back on track.
In book time, Wreathing Havoc takes place six months after the first book in the series, Pruning the Dead. The Garden Squad has expanded from Delia, Tamara and Erine to include Tamara’s husband Warwick and Lilly’s handsome next door neighbor Roddy. Their friendship is the core of the series, and the community they care about is what drives their investigations.
When I started writing, I thought that I was on a solo journey. Over time, and thankfully fairly quickly, I found Sisters in Crime, and started connecting with other writers. My writing community has made all the difference. Other writers understand the journey. We speak the same language. We know (or try to) how the business works, and what things mean. We support each other through the tough times, and celebrate the successes. I’ve been especially fortunate to have Barbara Ross, Sherry Harris, Jessie Crockett, Liz Mugavero and Edith Maxwell as blogmates and friends for the past seven years. Like the Chicks on the Case, the Wicked Authors have become a community I could never have imagined all those years ago.
Why talk about my writing community when I’m here to celebrate the launch of Wreathing Havoc? Because community matters in the world of cozies. Disruption in community, and fixing it, is what cozies promise. There’s a reason they are a comfort read for many, especially these days.
There’s another aspect of community in the world of cozies–the readers. Between groups on Facebook, people who follow the blog, readers who sign up for my newsletter and the readers I’ve met at conferences, I have met an amazing group of people who love the communities we build, and care about the residents as much as we do. Those connections are one of the best parts about celebrating releases.
I hope you’ll visit Goosebush, and meet the Garden Squad, this fall. They’re going to be making wreaths, creating garden sculptures, going to the theater and solving a few crimes all while taking care of each other.
Julia Henry writes the Garden Squad series for Kensington.
Wreathing Havoc is the fourth book in the series.