Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour
Thank you, readers, for joining us today, and thank you, Bree, for being the first stop on our July tour! We’re a group of ten cat and dog cozy mystery authors and animal lovers, and over the next three weeks we’ll be popping into different blogs answering one question per blog. We might even let our characters, both human and animal, tackle a few questions of their own. Today we’re going to start things off by answering the question “What real-life animal(s) inspired your series?”
The Cats and Dogs who Inspired Cozy Mysteries
Sandra Baublitz, author of A Dog Detective series: Two dogs inspired my Saint Bernard, Paw, in my Dog Detective Series. One was my darling rescued Lhasa Apso, Buffy. The other a Saint Bernard puppy a co-worker adopted. I’ve always loved Saints, especially the mischievous one in the Beethoven movies. So, I thought, why not have a dog detective as loyal as my Buffy and as naughty as Beethoven? And the Dog Detective was born. Sadly, Buffy is no longer alive, but she lives on in my heart as all our beloved pets do.
Colleen Mooney, author of the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: My Meaux is the dog in my series. Meaux Jeaux was one of the first rescues I took in when I started Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana 15 years ago. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for me. He was the ambassa-dog to all rescues who came after him teaching them to play or just be a dog again. When a potential adopter inquires about a rescued Schnauzer, I say, the Schnauzer is the perfect dog, and my Meaux was the perfect Schnauzer! I lost my Meaux last November 2017 but I intend to keep his spirit alive in my series. I still have two more Schnauzers who are a constant inspiration and always make me laugh!
Claire Kane, author of A Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: The first cat I ever had was a Siamese named Salem. She was intelligent, beautiful and ever patient. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of her. She died when I was a little girl, though she lived to be twenty.
Kathi Daley, author of the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: This is Echo. He is one of the main characters in my Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Series. In the series he has been trained in search and rescue and occasionally ends up being the hero of the story. All of my series feature animals, but Tj’s dog Echo is very special to me. The real Echo passed away last spring so I enjoy knowing that he will live on forever as a fictional hero.
Tammy L. Grace, author of the Cooper Harrington Detective novels: My own golden retriever, Zoe (pictured), inspired the dog in my Cooper Harrington Detective Series. Gus is the faithful sidekick of Coop, my main character. Gus provides much of the humor in the books, using his expressive eyes, tail wags, and doggie gestures to communicate. He’s even got his own leather chair in Coop’s office and rides shotgun in Coop’s vintage Jeep. Gus is a constant companion to the bachelor detective and like my Zoe, believes he is a furry human. We lost Zoe this year, but she lives on in all the dogs featured in my books.
Alannah Rogers, author of the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: My two kitties definitely inspired my series. I have a gorgeous gray and white long-haired cat who is the biggest princess ever and she’s definitely the inspiration for the pampered, lazy Himalayan cat named Petunia in my books. I also have a 1-year-old named Raccoon. I’ve had him since he was 3 months old and his insane antics and energy inspired the new kitten in my later books, Simon. I was also fostering a revolving door of cats last year and that really, really helped as I was writing! I had constant inspiration for new cat antics, personality tics, and behaviors.
Alison Golden, author of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: Star, our ginger tabby, is the inspiration behind Biscuit, the church cat in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series. Star is very popular among our friends and especially my husband’s colleagues. She is very persistent and loves being upstairs in our sunny office with him. When he is on video conference calls, she always makes her presence known. She miaows a lot and walks in front of the screen. She is so popular that when he has conference calls with co workers who have met her previously, they won’t start the meeting until they’ve seen her! Like Star, Biscuit is very sure of herself. She makes sure she is the center of attention. She is mercurial and has no compunction about ignoring those she doesn’t care for as Annabelle often finds out.
Meredith Potts, author of the Daley Buzz series: I have a confession. I. Love. Corgis. Not only are they super cute and wonderfully stumpy, but they always seem to be smiling. How can you not love a dog that spreads so much joy? Plus, it’s hard not to love those satellite dish ears. Naturally, a corgi was a perfect fit for my cozy mystery. And let me tell you, it has been the most corgilicious decision I’ve ever made.
Paige Sleuth, author of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: Anna Belle and Molly serve as the inspiration for Matty and Tom, the two fictional cats who star in my Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. They both started off as foster cats, but after a few days they decided to move in permanently. Their antics often show up in certain book scenes. Just like Matty, Anna Belle really does walk on a leash (Molly and Tom avoid the harness at all costs). In real life Anna Belle is my unofficial editor. When she doesn’t like the direction a book is taking she sits down on my keyboard. I never publish before I’ve gotten her approval!
Sandi Scott, author of the Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: Dizzy was inspired by this lovely mutt-hound mix, who came to our family over 10 years ago. She’s big on love of life and energy, but not the brightest dog around. I always think that might be part of her act though—that in fact, she’s really smart and just playing up her ditzyness to get more fun and less responsibility. She’s getting older and grayer and slowing down a bit. But her zest for life is still high.
Sandra Baublitz loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.
Colleen Mooney writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.
Claire Kane is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.
Kathi Daley is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.
Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy’s exclusive reader group, and she’ll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.
Alannah Rogers writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.
Alison Golden is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the Café, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information, please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.
Paige Sleuth writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes.
Sandi Scott spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers’ group Sandi’s Sleuths.
Readers, now it’s your turn to tell us about your animals and how they inspire you!
Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our ebooks.
- July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews
- July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case
- July 9, 2018: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
- July 12, 2018: Dru’s Book Musings
- July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews
- July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs
- July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
- July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers
- July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress
- July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas
Each author is giving away one ebook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten ebooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.
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