Where the green grass grows…

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There’s a garden/gardening theme in quite a few of my books. It’s interesting considering I don’t have a garden and I’m allergic to most flowers. If I even have a bouquet in the house, I’ll be sneezing my head off in minutes.

I love gardening, though. My grandfather was a farmer. He prided himself on his roses and his vegetable/fruit patches.

My father-in-law is the son of farmers. He grew up on a farm. And my mother-in-law, may she rest in peace, loved her garden.

I think my love of the idea of having a patch of veggies and fruits to tend myself comes across in certain stories of mine: Here Comes The Son and Primrose Poison, in particular. Lalo and Motts, in their respective stories, both love working with their hands. And they have greener thumbs than mine would be.

For Lalo, gardening is a passion but also what he feels is his life’s purpose. It comes in handy during his adventure. And could even be considered to be a saving grace.

In Poisoned Primrose, Motts treats her garden like a third pet. And, quite a bit of the dramatics in her mystery start in her garden. But that’s my fault, not hers. =)

Do you garden? Is your thumb green or black? I’d love to try gardening, I’m just not sure I have a talent for it.

 

10 Facts about Pravina

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An introduction to Pravina from my upcoming cosy mystery, Primrose Poison.

1. She’s Motts’s ex-girlfriend.

2. Nish is her twin brother.

3. Vina and Nish are Motts’s best friends.

4. Her mother is Indian and her father is Cornish.

5. They run a coffee shop/bakery.

6. She’s the most stylish out of their friend group.

7. She’s known Motts since they were young.

8. Definitely the extrovert in the group.

9. She can occasionally bit a little high-strung.

10. She identifies as a Ravenclaw–everyone else thinks she’s a Slytherin/Gryffindor.

10 Facts about Teo

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An introduction to Teo, the lovely detective and romantic interest, from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose.

1. Has two tattoos, one of which is a large cross on his back

2. Croatian

3. Non-practising Catholic

4. Asexual

5. Knits with his grandmother

6. Gryffindor

7. Loves Manchester City (the football team)

8. Visits his grandmother at least twice a week

9. Proud of his work as a detective inspector

10. Listens to jazz obsessively.

10 Facts about Motts

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An introduction to Motts, the main character, from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose.

1. Has an origami tattoo.

2. She was named (Pineapple) after the fruit her mum craved while she was pregnant.

3. Afraid of pierced earrings.

4. Plays the harmonica.

5. Obsessed with graphic novels.

6. A Ravenclaw with the hint of Hufflepuff.

7. Proud of her ability to eat her weight in chocolate.

8. She is autistic, asexual, and going through early menopause.

9. Named her bicycle Monty for no reason.

10. She identifies as a Ravenclaw–everyone else thinks she’s a Slytherin/Gryffindor.

What am I binge-watching in isolation?

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I thought I’d share what I’m watching on Youtube, TV, Netflix or Amazon Prime. They’re in no particular order.

  1. Rosemary & Thyme (Amazon)
  2. Pretty Pastel Please (YouTube)
  3. S.W.A.T.
  4. React Channel (YouTube)
  5. Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries (Amazon)
  6. Nailed It! (Netflix)
  7. The Unit
  8. Great British Bake Off (Always)
  9. One Day At A Time (Netflix)
  10. Live Rescue

What about you? What are you binge-watching this week/month? Do you binge-watch at all?

What am I reading?

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My goal for 2020 was to read at least a book a week. I did brilliantly in January. And then didn’t read a thing in February. Ahh well. I’m going to try to catch up since I’m in between WIPs.

So, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

1. Lavender Blue by Laura Childs – I have mixed feelings about this one but overall I enjoyed it.

2. Thicker than Water by Becca Seymour – Adored this. 5 stars!

3. Follow My Lead by Louisa Masters – Also adored this one.

4. Julia Chase’s Kitty Couture series for a second time. Such a fun cozy series.

5. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Late to the Party.

I’m currently writing Cosplay Killer an MM Cosy Mystery featuring two men who are into video games, music, and musical theatre.

In doing research, I had to brush up on some Broadway stuff. I’m not massively into plays. It’s never been my thing, though I have a lot of friends who are. I knew a little about Hamilton from friends and also because I think Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius of a wordsmith.

So, I found this video of him performing Alexander Hamilton at the White House.

I watched it twenty times. I was mesmerized. History has always been an obsession of mine and I was entranced by his performance.

Now, I’m autistic. I frequently fall down rabbit holes into new obsessions. And I haven’t had a new ‘special interest’ in a good while.

And I certainly didn’t intend to find one while researching a new cosy mystery series.

But there I was, going from one video to quite literally watching every Hamilton thing I could find on Youtube. Now I’ve listened to the soundtrack of the original cast a hundred times at this point.

Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda performing One Last Time are particularly brilliant.

The things I do for book research.