Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hobbies and where they take us...



So what do Iced Chiffon, Killer in Crinolines, and Pearls in Poison, Demise in Denim have in 
common?

They are all mystery stories set around a consignment shop in Savannah. When I decided to follow my dream and write mysteries I went with the old adage of write what you know and love. I adore Savannah, Georgia and I’ve worked in an upscale consignment shop for fifteen years. That’s how the series


     Consignment shopping is the fun of wearing designer clothes on the cheap. I could never afford a Coach handbag or an Armani jacket but I do love the expensive look and great quality. Most of all I love bragging to my friends how much I paid! The conversation goes something like, “Oh, isn’t that a great Kate Spade purse.” And my reply is, “I got it at the Snooty Fox for forty bucks!” instead of the usual three-hundred and fifty!

     For years I shopped consignment stores then decided I needed to work at the Snoot since I was there all the time looking for deals. My kids were some of the best-dressed on campus and I did it for K-Mart prices.

  
 
  Don’t you love the name Snooty Fox! The Snoot is an upscale consignment shop.     How many times have you bought something, wore it once, decided it wasn’t your color or didn’t fit the way you liked and you were stuck with it? Well, that’s where the Snooty Fox comes in. You can sell your green plaid jacket that you just had to have but then decided you hated at the Snoot because there is a customer out there who will love that jacket and pay you good money for it.

     Consignment shopping is a lot like solving a mystery. It’s all about the hunt for the perfect scarf, skirt or shoes. I think that’s why mystery and the Consignment: Murder series seemed like a perfect fit. The hunt is on!


     Working at a consignment shop and my love for Savanna led me to writing a mystery series and I’m always amazed at where someone’s hobby or special interest led them? Did you meet a best friend? Your mate? Take classes? Visit a place? Get an award for perfecting your hobby or even teach a class on it?
     Hobbies enriched our lives and often take us to places we never expected...like a murder mystery series. Who would have thought.

Duffy Brown
Berkley Prime Crime

Mystery and Mayhem for Fun and Profit

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

In 1980 when I moved to town and opened my law office, I also started going to the library (well, duh!). In 1982 the city budget failed, and the library hours and staff were drastically cut so I started volunteering and continued to volunteer on weekends. I burned out on law and closed my office and then got hired part-time at the library. 13 months later I went full time at the library with benefits and a good retirement plan through the state. I admit the job did not utilize my education but I enjoyed it for the most part and know that the volunteering opened the door for my later employment. I also know I made some wonderful friends. Cordella

Nicole said...

I have no interesting hobbies to share, but I loved hearing your Snooty Fox story! I think it's really neat that working at the Snooty Fox was a contributing factor to your writing of the series. I need to start shopping at consignment shops, I love great buys at even great prices. Happy Wednesday! :-)

Karen in Ohio said...

As a lifelong sewing enthusiast, I was intrigued to learn of a local professional sewing organization here in town (now, sadly, defunct). This was in 1987, just after the birth of my third child, and I was trying to decide what to do from home.I joined the group, and ended up writing their monthly newsletter, which led to a book, which led to more books and a 15-year career of writing, teaching and lecturing, and one of the first websites in the sewing industry. My mail order business kept me busy, too. I taught sewing at So-Fro Fabrics (remember them?), and then at my home in a great studio I had built in our walk-out basement.

I'm a big fan of your consignment store mysteries, as you know, and of Snooty Fox! So happy for your success. Has Donna read your books, and what does she say about them? You're giving her great press!