It’s a family affair
By Sally Carpenter
If families were perfect, cozy authors would have nothing to write about.
Most cozies center around an unmarried, levelheaded heroine and a kooky assortment of relatives. Generally the parents are eccentric, although one wonders how such a nutty couple could raise a sane daughter.
Often extended family is thrown into the mix, along with the heroine’s former spouse, a boyfriend or a close girlfriend.
When I created my series charter, former teen idol Sandy Fairfax (who, in breaking with cozy tradition, is a guy!), I decided not to go the “crazy family” route. Sandy has enough issues of his own without goofy relatives. Instead, I made the suspects and the people Sandy works with at his various gigs …
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