Writing in Shorts– Loulou Harrington

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This is the third of fourteen interviews to celebrate Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime.

Loulou Harrington writes the Myrtle Grove Garden Club cozy mystery series and recently contributed to the mystery anthologies Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime & Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime.

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She is also the author of nine romances for Harlequin. Check out the covers. Aren’t they great?!  Classic Harlequin.  

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Loulou is a gardener herself and is always posting the loveliest photos of flowers on her facebook and twitter pages. Follow her and thank me later.  On to the interview—

When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

I began writing “in shorts” for the Happy Homicides anthologies just this year. For me it’s harder than writing a full-length novel. Even though it takes much less time to complete, I think it takes just as long, for its size, as a full-length book would take.

What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

My first introduction to an entire book of short stories was the Nick Adams stories by Ernest Hemingway. It’s still probably my favorite.

As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

My first published books were Harlequin romances, and probably the most embarrassing moment was early in my writing career when a male co-worker and friend brought one of my books to work with him and began reading part of a love scene aloud when I walked into his office. It wouldn’t have embarrassed me nearly so much if it hadn’t been an open cubicle where anyone could hear him over the walls. Luckily, by the time I got him to quit, he had me laughing, too—and thankfully he never did it again.

What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Miami. Seriously, I love that whole area, from Ft. Pierce to Key West. From around Biscayne especially, and down through the Keys, my husband and I have spent weeks at a time in an old sailboat exploring the area. Whether reading about it in shorts, full length books, or visiting in person, the Miami area has been like coming home for me for many years. I get nostalgic just thinking about it.

Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food? Oh, man, that’s hard, but if I had to choose one food that goes all the way back to my childhood and is still something I can’t get enough of, it’s southern-style cornbread dressing like my mother made for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and very special Sunday dinners. Turkey with cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce is all I need to feel like it’s a holiday any day of the week.

YUM! Makes me wish next week would hurry up and get here already. Download Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime before the long holiday weekend. Be it for the food themed stories and bonus recipes or for a distraction from your relatives, it will be a great addition to your library. 

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Keep checking back with Cozy in Miami for the rest of this interview series. Joanna Campbell Slan, the mastermind of the Happy Homicides anthologies, will be joining us.

 

 

 

Writing in Shorts-Amy Vansant

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When I asked Amy for a short biography, this is what she sent me.– Amy Vansant specializes in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men. So, autobiographies, mostly. Currently, she is a nerd and Labradoodle mommy who works at home with her goofy husband.

Fun-loving is the perfect one-word (Okay, it is actually two words with a hyphen cheater.) descriptor for her. Just look at her author photo. And, her books keep to the punny theme. I love “kilty” as guilty. (I wish I’d thought of it!) She writes several series and crosses genres. The Pineapple Port series (5 titles ) is in the cozy vein. The Kilty series is romantic suspense. I love the tag line Romance. Suspense. Haggis. She also has an urban fantasy series and a romantic comedy series. This lady never stops writing stories that must be why her answers to my interview questions were short and sweet. She had to get back to the keyboard.

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  1. When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

When I was asked to join the Happy Homicide series! It’s harder to write short stories for me, because I need to introduce the characters, make them memorable, introduce a good mystery and have it solved satisfactorily with enough twists and turns all in a few thousand words. That’s tough.

  1. What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

I guess I could say Moms are Nuts because it is a story anthology I put together with other humorists a few years back.

  1. As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

The funniest thing that happened recently – I was setting up a promotion for another author and realized I’d posted an embarrassing typo for his book “BONE MAKER” – I’d typed “BONER MAKER” Had me crying laughing… talk about a totally different book!! Luckily it hadn’t gone live yet and I was able to fix it.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Miami is a favorite for the culture and food  – plus any island. I’m rarely happier than when I’m on a Caribbean Island!

  1. Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

Pasta, butter and cheese. I used to have it every day for lunch in college – turns out you can’t have that meal every day as an adult and still be able to fit through doors…

Please check out Amy Vansant’s website and other social media. You will be assured a laugh, a giggle, and maybe even a ROFLOL.

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This is interview 2 of 14 highlighting the authors of Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime. Keep coming back to Cozy in Miami to get to know the other authors in this great short story anthology.

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