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Talking About Myself: New Podcast Interview Now Live

Back in January, I was pleased to be invited onto The Writer’s Mindset podcast to speak about writing cosy mystery (or cozy mystery, to my American friends). I also talked a lot about why and how I write what I write, and recommended some mystery books by other authors that I enjoy reading.

The podcast has just gone live, and as you’ll see if you watch it, I had a great time chatting with host Kristina Proffitt. The interview is topped and tailed by her co-host Ellie Betts, and I join them about six and a half minutes into the show.

Click the image below to watch it on YouTube, or via The Writer’s Mindset website here.

Although The Writer’s Mindset is aimed at writers rather than readers, I hope that whether you are a writer or a reader, you will enjoy listening to our conversation.

Approval from Australia

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BM Allsopp. author of the Fiji Island Mysteries

I was pleased to receive the following feedback from my author friend B M Allsopp in Australia, whose Fijian detective series I mention nine minutes into the show:

Your voice is much as I would have expected and your books are exactly as you intended. It’s probably rare for an author to have such accurate insight into her own work. Your exposition of the cosy genre was also absolutely clear and enjoyable.

You may remember BM Allsopp was the guest on my blog last year, when I ran a series of interviews with authors who write books set in different countries around the world:

Introducing a New Series of Author Interviews: Travels with my Books #1 – To Fiji with BM Allsopp

A Quick Correction

By the way, do bear in mind that this interview was recorded back in January, and you’ll hear at one point that I say I’m not sure whether there will ever be a Sophie Sayers book 9. Well, I’ve changed my mind – and I’ll be telling you more about my new plans for Sophie and friends in a future post, very soon.

What do YOU like best about reading or writing cosy mysteries? I’d love to know! 



English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

2 thoughts on “Talking About Myself: New Podcast Interview Now Live

  1. What do I like about reading cosy mysteries? A cosy mystery is something to read to totally relax your mind, it’s light like a very good sponge cake (but not spongey) – I mostly read more serious fiction and so a cosy mystery is a lovely way to enter into a world essentially good, friendly and satisfactory, when one knows perfectly well that sadly the world isn’t like that – how nice if it was, and that by the end everyone will be sorted into where they happily belong, and the mystery solved… often with a surprising result! I often think, when reading Debbie’s tales, ‘however did she think of all that?’

    1. I love the sponge cake analogy, Mari! And I’m glad you find my mystery stories full of surprises. I even surprise myself sometimes with the outcome!

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