You are in for a treat today. Once again I have an Amazon Cozy Bestselling Author stopping by for a Beach Chat. Today’s guest also got her first start with Avalon Books (just like me) which means her books were bought out last summer by Amazon (just like me), and now her books are available on the Kindle platforms (just like me.) When The Blond Leading the Blond was first contracted with Avalon, I immediately went to their website and purchased two mysteries so that I could get a sense of quality of the books. The cover that snagged my sense of mystery whimsy was Mitzi Kelly’s Classic Revenge, A Sliver Sleuths Mystery. Seasoned-citizens Edna, Trish and Millie took me on a great caper, and I’ve been a fan of Mitzi’s ever since. So without further ado, let’s get chatting with cozy mystery writer Mitzi Kelly.
Most cherished beach memory: This happened a few years ago and I still laugh about it. My husband and I spend quite a bit of time in Port Aransas,
, a wonderful
little beach town. One night, when the weather was cool and there weren't
many beach-goers around, we decided we wanted to spend the night on the beach
and watch a scary movie. I had a SUV with plenty of room and a DVD
player, so we bought one of those big blow-up mattresses, tons of snacks and
drinks, and the new release of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Boy, were we
adventurous. It took us over an hour to blow up the mattress, going from
one convenience store to the other using the air machines, and probably
spending close to $50 bucks in quarters. But we were determined! We
made it to the beach around midnight. It was an overcast night and the
beach was practically deserted. We parked the car close to the water,
jumped in the back with our pillows and snacks and settled down to watch the
movie. I downed a couple of chocolate cupcakes while the previews were
showing and I was feeling pretty independent and brave. That's when the
music started for Texas
Chainsaw Massacre. I swallowed loud enough to drown out the music, buried my head
under the pillow and told my husband I wanted to leave. I still haven't lived
it down . . . Texas
Recommend a Beach Read: Any of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries with private investigator Kinsey Millhone. What a gifted writer! Sue Grafton weaves very interesting and entertaining stories with an incredible ability to make the reader feel a part of the story with 'skin in the game.' Her series is so much fun.
One author to sip Mai Tais with: Definitely James Patterson. "How do he do it?" I mean, really, the man puts out a book at the rate of one per week!!!
Worst non-writing job: I used to work with my husband in his construction business. He had landed a huge contract in painting interior apartments when the residents moved out. The turnover was so great, we were having trouble keeping up. For a solid year we did nothing but paint, during all hours of the day. One particular busy month, we worked from 7am until 11pm, and I swore never again!! However, I really am a good painter and I feel confident I could land job in commercial painting if I had to.
Favorite quote: The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible!
Song To Dance To: “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf. Oh, yeah . . .
Three favorite things: Lazy afternoons spent with my husband and my dogs, camping, and Chardonnay!
Two secret vices: Fried foods and Christmas eggnog. It's a constant battle for me ...!
One Pet peeve: Speed limits! :)
More about Mitzi:
I grew up in
Paso, Texas and then moved to
where I met my husband of 30 years. We have one amazing son and five very
spoiled dogs. During most of my adult life, I’ve worked in business
offices advancing from office manager to contract bookkeeping. But my
dream of becoming a writer has always been with me even though life kept me
from pursuing it seriously until a few years ago. I started my writing
career doing feature articles for magazines. It didn’t take me long to realize
that was not what I wanted to do, though. I love fiction—the whole
process of creating characters and scenarios, so I finally bit the bullet and
started ‘creating.’ Available now from Amazon: San Antonio, Texas
I grew up in
Learn more about Mitzi’s life and writings by visiting her website, www.mitzikelly.com