Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
A Kitty Couture Mystery #2
Lacy Crocker is back in another fun and fur-filled adventure. The story wastes no time getting right to the business of murder – when Lacy goes to meet her design hero to show off some of her creations, she finds the designer dead on the floor in her home. As much as to protect the dead woman’s Siamese as to see justice done, Lacy jumps right in to find the killer. With a clever heroine, a dash of romance, and cats galore, there’s something in this cozy to please almost everyone.
I’m so fortunate to have Julie Chase here today to talk about why being a mystery writer is such a great thing. Read on to hear what she has to say, and for a chance to win a great Kitty Couture prize pack.
Why Being a Mystery Writer is the Cat’s Pajamas by Julie Chase
I love crime fiction. Love it. I watch it on television. Read about in books, magazines, the newspaper and on blogs. I’ve even built a career around writing it. I just can’t get enough of the criminals. From the uber dark and creepy ones that leave me sleeping with the light on, to the ultra-stupid ones who tape their crimes and post them on Youtube. *shake my head* What on earth would make a person DO the things they do? Turns out the reasons are as varied as the crimes. Mental illness. Personal circumstance. Revenge. Idiocy. Whatever the reason, I find myself marveling at the awfulness of it all, and then I write it down. Maybe it’s therapeutic for a pathological human doormat and rule follower like myself. Maybe it helps me work through the fact that, while I believe all people are good at their core, some simply are not. Either way, I’ve found my dream job, and I’ve never been happier. Plus, the perks are kind of AMAZING.
- I get to work from home! I love my home. I even have an office with a view of my adorable neighborhood, where I watch everything. The neighbor’s dogs and I nod at one another from our guard posts during the day. Just keeping the street safe, people. Protecting the lawns from mailmen and pizza deliverers. Move it along.
- I get to wear pajamas. ALL DAY. Most days of the week, I literally work in what I slept in, then shower and change into new pajamas for the second half of my day. It’s my actual dream-come-true.
- I get to schmooze with librarians. I LOVE librarians. Sometimes, I venture out. Other times we chat online. I love geeking out with the men and women who’ve fostered my life-long love for reading and encouraged me to write my stories down when I was young.
- It’s a free ticket to people-watch. Being caught staring was kind of my hallmark for years. Before I realized I was a writer, I would watch people and make up stories about their lives. Being an introvert of epic proportions meant I rarely interacted with people, especially strangers, especially since becoming an “adult.” But it never stopped me from watching, and on occasion, I’d be caught, even confronted about it. Nowadays, I can offer a business card and my apologies. Most people don’t mind being told they look like a character in one of my books, or like a story waiting to happen. In fact, they often have a story of their own to share.
- READERS! I love attending author-events because they are filled with readers. I could spend all day talking with my people. Learning what they’re reading and how they liked it. Getting recommendations for my next read and ideas for my next story. There’s something electric about a room filled with excited bookworms. I get all worked up just thinking about it, and I never want to leave.
Without my writing career, I’d be stir crazy. Overwhelmed with imagination and no outlet. I’d be lonelier, 90% of my friends are online now, and I’d be missing my calling. And I do believe that writing has been my calling. No, my stories may never top the NYT list, but I will be here, blissful in my pajamas, writing stories that make people smile, and that is so much more than I could ever ask for.
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About the Author
Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey.
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