Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Spooktacular Time with Laura Childs

I'm thrilled to be able to welcome Laura Childs back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Gossamer Ghost is the 12th book in her Scrapbooking Mystery series and was just released October 7th.

Kathy: Gossamer Ghost takes place around Halloween. Do you enjoy all things spooky? Do you like to decorate for Halloween?

LC: Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays. I have lots of little tchotchkes of goblins and witches that I bring out, and my husband has a full size, hand-carved Day of the Dead statue named Senor Muerte.

Kathy: There are tons of Halloween events occurring in New Orleans and it seems as if Carmela is attending all of them! I don’t know how she finds the time or strength. If you had the opportunity would you attend all of the events?

LC: Oh yes, I’d love to get my haunt on in New Orleans. They have witches runs, vampire cams, Krewe of Boo parade, the Endless Night Vampire Ball, and no less than six haunted houses. And everybody dresses up and tosses beads. It’s almost a mini Mardi Gras.

Kathy: If you could only attend one of the Halloween events that Carmela attends, which one would you pick? For me, I think it would have to be the Ghost Train!

LC: The Ghost Train in GOSSAMER GHOST is fictional, but I think it would be a riot to rumble along toward downtown with everybody partying and hanging out the windows!

Kathy: Death masks are an interesting, if somewhat macabre, tradition. I’ve seen a few in person and admit that I don’t quite “get it.” Have you seen any death masks? Would you want your own made?

LC: I’ve seen them in European museums and my roommate and I made them in college for an art class. We used Vaseline, plastic wrap and plaster. What a sticky mess – but it worked!

Kathy: What would you say is your most indispensible scrapbooking tool? Could it be used as a murder weapon?

LC: Maybe my X-Acto knife. And since it’s razor sharp and pointed, I think it would be extremely deadly if applied to a victim’s throat.

Kathy: Are you able to share any future plans for Carmela?

LC: The next Scrapbooking Mystery is Parchment & Old Lace. Carmela discovers a murdered bride-to-be in St. Louis Cemetery and gets pulled into helping solve her death.

Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?

LC: Scorched Eggs, my new Cackleberry Club Mystery, will be out December 2. And Ming Tea Murder, my new Tea Shop Mystery, will be out in May.

This or That:

Kathy: Library or Bookstore?

LC: Mmn, that’s a hard one. Probably bookstore by a hair.

Kathy: Editing or Marketing?

LC: I spent twenty years at the CEO of a marketing firm, so I think it would be pretty easy to step back into that role.

Kathy: TV or Film?

LC: I’ve authored screenplays so I’d have to say film.

Kathy: Chocolate or Vanilla?

LC: Chocolate – the dark master.

Kathy: Mountains or Beach?

LC: Beach. The Hamptons are fun, so’s the Caribbean. Bali is nice but hot!

Kathy: Tea or Coffee?

LC: This is practically a no brainer for somebody who writes the Tea Shop Mysteries! (Tea)

Kathy: Cats or Dogs?

LC: My two Chinese Shar-Peis are eyeing me suspiciously right now, so . . . dogs.

Kathy: Summer or Winter?

LC: Living in Minnesota? I will definitely choose the warmth of summer.

Kathy: Normal or Paranormal?

LC: Paranormal. I once lived in a seriously haunted house and was able to connect with one of the ghosts.

Kathy: Vampire or Werewolf?

LC: Vampire. I’m much more of a night person and I love a good red wine.


Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times Book Review’s Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. In her previous life, she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profit organizations, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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