The publishing world becomes more competitive every day. Breaking into romance fiction is even getting more difficult. But have you ever considered writing a Cozy Mystery?
According to Wikipedia, Cozy Mysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously. The term was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-creating the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
I didn't even know what one was until I attended the OVRWA monthly meeting over the weekend. The program featured Cozy Mystery writers Duffy Brown (aka Dianne Castell) and Heather Webber.
Duffy Brown said that if you can't keep the mystery out of your romance, and can't keep the romance out of your mystery, you should try writing a cozy mystery. And Heather Webber mentioned that breaking into this market is easier than trying to break into romance. In addition, you don't have to write all those explicit love scenes!
For more information on this subgenre, visit Cozy-Mystery.com. The author of this site says:
I find that most of the cozy mysteries that I read take place in a small, picturesque town or village, with characters who I could envision having as neighbors or friends. (Of course, once I find out who the killer is, I wouldn't particularly want that person living next to me!) They are usually not zany people, although an eccentric or two might lurk here and there. On the whole, they are usually normal, every day characters you might have known at one time in your life. Cozies don't usually involve a lot of gory details or explicit "adult situations," either.Does writing a Cozy Mystery sound like something you'd like to try? Thanks for visiting!