332: The Craft and Business of Cozy Mysteries — Interview with Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Andi Cumbo-Floyd.

Andi is a writer of both magical realism and nonfiction, but in the last year, she has taken on a new persona as ACF Bookens, author of cozy mysteries. Today we’ll be talking about her process and strategy in crafting this series.

When she’s not writing, Andi is also an editor and writing coach, and she runs a beautiful, supportive online community. She lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains with a number of animals who cannot possibly coordinate their veterinary needs.

In this episode Andi and I discuss:

  • Why Andi cautions against writing for the market, but encourages writing in a particular niche that you love.
  • What Cozy mystery tropes readers tend to expect, find funny, and appreciate.
  • How writers of the Cozy mystery genre tend to market themselves, including newsletter writing tips.

Plus, their #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/332

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