Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Secret Life of Duffy Brown

by Mary Kennedy                                    
Duffy Brown, as many of you know, is our newest Cozy Chick and we are so happy to have her on board.  She writes two series for Berkley Prime Crime, the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries set in Mackinac Island, coming in the Fall. 
 Duffy has so many interests and so many passions in life and I wondered how her adventures have inspired her books.  Is it true that everything that happens to a writer is used as material? Are writers like sponges, constantly making observations, remembering bits of dialogue, watching people carefully for body language "tells" that they may use in a future book? 
Here is what Duffy said when I asked her if writers should write what they know. "Write what you know...unless it's murder mysteries. Then again, I work in a consignment shop and have watched three women fighting over a Gucci bag."                                       

My maiden name is Castelluccio so having the mob in my Cycle Path series was a branch off the family tree.    
When writing about the gang in another series, I didn't join one, but drove through the Savannah projects. That the police followed was a big hint I shouldn't be there.
I've worked in the stock market where fortunes are made and fortunes are made an lost in an hour.                   
Inside trading comes in many forms and there are enough secrets to make the CIA look like choir boys.
So now you have a glimpse inside Duffy's Brown's life, including of course her love of cats (a prerequisite for being a cozy writer). Her cats are Spooky,
and Dr. Watson.                                
 I can't wait for GEARED for the GRAVE, the first Cycle Path Mystery release in the Fall, and I promise to check back and give you a full report.
In the meantime, I'll try to come up with more inside information on our fabulous new sister Chick. Inquiring minds want to know about this fascinating writer!
Mary Kennedy