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





30 comments:

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely post, Mary! I had no idea about Duffy's amazing background. It's like she's lived three lives. On her way to nine perhaps, along with the cats?

I got a kick out of the drive through the projects with the police following.

XO

mary kennedy said...

HI MJ, she really is remarkable!! (and I only scratched the surface). Thanks for stopping by!

Karen in Ohio said...

I didn't realize you worked in the investment business, Duffy. Which office? I worked at Merrill Lynch when they were on Fountain Square.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Karen, not sure where Duffy worked, I'll e-mail her, if we don't hear back from her. Thanks for stopping by!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Duffy has had a very interesting life so far. I would have been terrified on that street. Good thing the police were behind her.

Nancy said...

Very interesting blog! I've read the Consignment Shop mysteries and they were a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the Mackinac ones since they are in MI, as am I. I almost made it to the island, once.

mary kennedy said...

I think she likes to live on the edge . Thanks for stopping by, Diane.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Nancy, I would love to visit the island--it's on my to-do list. I need a vacation--waaaa!

Rachelle21 said...

I have chatted with Duffy over the internet while she was getting information so she could write my character in Pearls and Poison. As a street team member, I had won the contest to have a character named after me.

I love the other Rachelle Lerner and fell Duffy has become a real; friend.

Mama Cat said...

I can't wait to see the first Cycle Path Mystery! Have not yet read any of Duffy's books, really want to read the Consignment Shop series also. Great introduction to your latest Cozy Chick, and adorable pics of her cats...all the best to you and to Duffy!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Mama Cat, you will LOVE Duffy's books! And her cats are really sweeties, aren't they?

mary kennedy said...

Rachelle, this is so exciting!! I know how much Duffy relies on her street team, you guys are THE BEST!! Keep up the great work, Duffy is such a great friend to so many readers (and writers) and I really want good things to happen for her.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I really enjoy the Consignment series by Duffy Brown! The characters are so interesting and say such funny things sometimes. I'm looking forward to reading GEARED for the GRAVE.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I really enjoyed this post and learning about Duffy and her books. The kitty's are adorable too.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Doreen, thank you for stopping by!

mary kennedy said...

HI Melissa, one of the things I really love about Duffy is her wicked sense of humor! I had dinner with her when we both spoke at a writers' conference, and she is one of the most entertaining people I know. I always tell her I wish we lived closer, except we'd probably never get any writing done. :-)

Becke Davis said...

Looks like I did something wrong when I tried to post a comment earlier. I wanted to add that Duffy is also an AWESOME gardener, and she has hosted a couple of equally awesome mystery parties, too. I love her consignment shop mysteries and I'm eagerly awaiting her new series! (And I'm also excited for your new series, Mary!)

Katreader said...

I love the Consignment Shop Mystery series and look forward to her next one. I can picture the cops following her to the hood. LOL I love when Reagan visits.

Lover of Books said...

Seems she and I have something in common, walking on the wild side. Walking down the Falls Road in Belfast, I went into a Sinn Fein book stop and was freaked out when the opened a metal door then once I was inside put an arm down on the door. also a meeting room door got closed while I was there. lol yup silly American.

I definitely want to look into her consignment books.
Krista

mary kennedy said...

Becke, thank you so much!! Exciting times ahead...I forgot to mention Duffy's gardening skills (and decorating skills, as well. ) I wish I could abduct her and she could give me advice on interior design. She would have to design everything around eight cats, of course, but I think she is up to the task!

mary kennedy said...

OMG< that is scary indeed! I know you would like the consignment shop series, Krista, it is fabulous. Witty dialogue, fun characters and very clever plotting.

mary kennedy said...

I love the scenes with Reagan, too!!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Krista, I would have been freaked out too. Thanks so much for looking into my books. Here’s to more adventures ahead.

Duffy Brown said...

I had my daughters with me and driving an ice-blue Ford Focus. Talk about not fitting in. But it really did help in the research when I wrote the seventeenth street gang.

Duffy Brown said...

You are too sweet, Becke and Mary. You both need to come visit so we can have lunch on the patio and enjoy the garden together. Miss you guys.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks, Doreen. Next week we’ll do a walking tour of Savannah and take a mini vacation there. Great chatting with you online. Hugs

mary kennedy said...

Many more adventures, Duffy!

Stephanie Jones said...

I have read everything in the Consignment Shop series so far, (and eagerly awaiting the next) , and can't wait for the new series. Reagan and Aunt Kiki are now dear friends who I like to go visit. I, too. have had a chance to chat with Duffy via Facebook and the Internet and she is charming and delightful. I'm hoping to see her at Malice next year. If I need a good laugh and an escape, Duffy is one of those at the top of my author list. If you haven't had a chance to read one of her books, I really recommend them.

Katreader said...

lol-I can just picture it.

DogsMom said...

Welcome Duffy!
Such diverse and interesting paths to follow