Do your characters dream within you?
Writing is very much like dreaming while awake. Don’t you think? While it’s something we’ve found non-writing friends and family don’t necessarily understand, when you’re writing these fictional people, they’re very real to you. And in your head, you’re in their world. Does that sound crazy? LOL
Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?
ML: I haven’t. Have you, Anita? I’ve dreamed I was in Laguna Beach but not involving any of the series characters.
Anita: No, but that would be really interesting. Like ML, I dream about us being in Laguna Beach. And the seagulls. The seagulls in Laguna like to dive bomb the tourists. ML, I think I dreamed about that at the end of a yoga class. Remember? I fell asleep when we were supposed to be meditating or something. I was really relaxed.
What do you love most about the cozy genre?
The wonderful thing about the cozy genre is that it’s an escape. We are both fans of classic Hollywood movies such as To Catch a Thief, His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and It Happened One Night. They entertain with a level of sophistication. They make you think and try to figure things out, but they’re
not dark and depressing. Cozies are like that--no on-the-page graphic violence--not heavy and dark but by no means simple. The perfect escape after a stressful day!
Sparkle, please share the titles of three cozies on your nightstand? Go ahead Mary Lee, you first. Anita, you’re next…Sparkle and Abbey are welcome to join in, too. *giggling*
Mary Lee: Currently on my nightstand are: Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains (Catriona McPherson), Murder for the Halibut (Liz Lipperman) and Death Comes Silently (Carolyn Hart).
Anita: Death of a Neighborhood Witch (Laura Levine) Death, Taxes, and Extra Hold Hairspray (Diane Kelly) and Beef Stolen-Off (Liz Lipperman)
Sparkle: I’m currently reading, The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside
Abby: I sleep most of the day. What can I say, I’m an old gal. I’ve been reading Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn. I’ll finish it eventually.