As C&T Publishing was preparing to release Stitched Together and Moon over the Mountain, the fifth and sixth books in my Quilting Cozy series, I was introducing the first two books, Tie Died and Running Stitches, to my local community.
Our public library invited seven local authors to participate in a book signing this weekend. Although we were competing with a used book sale, the community was very gracious and listened attentively as we told and retold our stories and answered questions about our books and how we got started writing.
I wrote my first book at the age of seventy-three following thirty years working as a geriatric social worker. I wanted to write about older folks who were enjoying their retirement years, and I wanted to write about quilting. The result was this series.
There are currently ten books in the Quilting Cozy series which follows a group of active senior citizens who enjoy friendship, quilting, and diligently working together to solve mysteries. One thing I heard frequently expressed at the book signing was how refreshing it is to read books featuring a cast of older folks. The series takes place in a Midwestern retirement community.
My books are cozies which, by definition, means there is no explicit sex, violence, or profanity. Many of us older folks tend to appreciate that. This series also surreptitiously touches on problems experienced by older people and presents characters dealing with those aging issues in positive ways.
In Stitched Together, the friends unite to save one of their own accused of murder while Moon over the Mountain follows Sarah to a quilt retreat in the Smokey Mountains. Both were released by C&T Publishing in November.
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