Interview with cozy mystery author Nancy Coco

author Nancy Coco joins me today to
chat about her new cozy novel, Forever
Nancy J
Parra AKA Nancy Coco AKA Nell Hampton is the author of over 25 published novels
which include five mystery series: The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), The
Oregon Coast Mystery series, (Kensington), The Kensington Palace Mystery Series
(Crooked Lane), The Wine Country Tours Mystery Series (Crooked Lane) The
Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), and The Perfect
Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime).
writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around
the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America
and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves
to hear from readers.
Please tell us about your current release.
Forever Fudge is the 6th book in the Candy-coated
When a
film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie
McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .
Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a
whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a
murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs
Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s
bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic
McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head—with a note challenging
amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has
to square off against a crazy killer—but this time she may have bitten off more
than she can chew . . .
What inspired you to write this book?
Island is an island between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan. They
don’t allow cars or trucks. So it’s a step back in time with horse-drawn carriages,
bicycles and lots of park trails. I thought what a great place for cozy
mysteries. They have tourists coming and going most of the year, not to mention
they are the fudge capital of the world.
I thought
what a great place to set a cozy mystery series. I contacted the Island
Bookstore and they asked their reader what the protagonist should do for a
living and fudge shop owner was the winner. Then it was fun to create Allie and
bring her in to be the next owner of the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop.
Something she’d been training her whole life for and it wasn’t’ going to be
easy –walking in her grandfather’s shoes.
Then I
watched as she gathered employees and friends and built a family on the island.
For this particular book, I thought it would be fun to bring in a television
pilot being shot on the island and it’s fun to watch Officer Rex Manning get
trailed by a Hollywood hunk who wants to play him on television.
someone has been paying attention to Allie and her sleuthing. Now a killer is
reenacting the murders she’s solved and challenges Allie to catch him.
What exciting story are you working on next?
currently working on a second Nancy Coco series. This one is set on the Oregon
coast and the protagonist owns a Bee shop called “Let it Bee” and sells all
things bee related. She has a gorgeous Havanna Brown cat named Everett who
loves to go for walks on a leash along the beach.
for our protagonist, Wren Johnson, Everett finds a dead woman on the beach and
Wren’s world is thrown upside down. When the police name Wren as a person of
interest, she and her Aunt Eloise go to work to figure out who the real killer
is and why they are framing her.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That is a
great question. I first started writing stories in 5th grade. I started a
pioneer novel. I’ve been writing ever since. I wrote 17 novels before I sold my
first book in 2002. I’ve written 27 more since then. I love all of them.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work
day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
actually have a full time job as a marketing manager for a tech company. I
write in the evening and the weekends and on lunch breaks. I work on plot
twists while I ride the bus to work.
What would you say is your interesting writing
I never
know who the murderer is until the last fifty pages. I go into a story thinking
I know, but when the last pages arrive- it’s always someone else who is
revealed. I’ve begun to look forward to figuring out who did along with my
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
I wanted
to be an astronaut or a forest ranger. I loved the idea of adventure.
Anything additional you want to share with the
Just want
to say thanks for reading. The best thing about creating a book is that each
reader changes the story based on who they are and what they think and that is
a very cool thing. I tell you my story and you make it your own in your head.
Thanks for stopping by today!

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