Episode 415: Cozy Mystery as a Series, a Subgenre, and a Touchpoint of Joy – Interview with Michele Scott

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Michele Scott. We’ll be talking about cozy mysteries and her book Murder Uncorked.

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In this episode Michele Scott and I discuss:

  • Why you need to be prepared to figure out a way to make it happen with your writing.
  • Common characteristics of cozy mysteries and what keep readers coming back.
  • How she uses outlines and character sketches without getting bogged down.

Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

About Michele Scott

Michele Scott is an American author and the CEO/owner of equestrian sports medicine company Professional’s Choice, Inc. She has written over forty novels in various genres including thrillers, mysteries, young adult mysteries, fantasy, and women’s fiction. Her thriller Daddy’s Home from her Holly Jennings’ series written under her pen name of AK Alexander has sold over one million copies and was the #1 bestselling book in the UK Amazon. Her thriller Mommy, May I? and was number 2 on the Amazon list.

Michele’s bestselling mystery series (The Wine Lover’s Mysteries) has gone into multiple printings and has been optioned by a Los Angeles based producer and production company.

Michele is a lifelong equestrian, having horses since she was five-years-old. If you don’t find her at her desk writing, you’re sure to find her at the barn!

You can find her on her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Murder Uncorked: A Nikki Sands Mystery (A Wine Lover’s Mystery Book 1) 

When an entitled customer with a bad attitude gets Nikki fired from her job as a waitress, Nikki Sands finds herself caught in the sights of the wealthy and incredibly sexy Derek Malveaux. Impressed by her knowledge of wines – and embarrassed by his date – he offers her a job as a winery manager at his vineyard and she accepts because – well, a girl’s gotta eat. Where else would her wine expertise come in handy anyway? The eye candy was a nice bonus too.

On her first night at Malveaux Estate, Nikki finds something wrong with the fertilizer around the bushes by her cottage: there’s a dead body in it.

Smack in the middle of the investigation, new girl Nikki is questioned as the prime suspect and told to stay put in Napa Valley. Nikki puts her sleuthing skills to work as she navigates the dramatic dynamic of Malveaux Estate’s residents. As she gets closer to the truth, Nikki realizes she will have more than just a new job to worry about.

Murder Uncorked is the first book in the completed Wine Lover’s Mystery series. Uncork a bottle, pour yourself a glass of Nikki Sands, and get cozy this weekend.

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