Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hello from Karen Rose Smith, the new Cozy Chick

I'm so excited to be joining The Cozy Chicks. I'll be blogging about many subjects from every-day goings on to my writing life. But today I wanted to introduce myself to you. (And my cats!)
Senior cat London

Zoie Joy
My friends would call me a crazy cat lady. My husband of 45 years and I have four inside cats (London, Zoie Joy, Halo and Miss Paddington) we rescued and now we're also "caring for" a stray brother and sister who have been coming to our outside feeder since a year ago. 

Bonnie & Clyde
Their ears were clipped and they were feral. My husband dubbed them Bonnie and Clyde. She's a dark tortie and he's a yellow tabby. Finally they will come inside the basement to eat and Clyde will let me pet him. But they are still afraid of feet and sudden movement sends them scurrying. Caring for cats is probably the one area of my life when I actually have patience…to a degree.

Besides caring for our cats, I like to raise plants—petunias, geraniums, snapdragons and heirloom tomatoes—and tell hubby where to plant them in our gardens. Arthritis and fibromyalgia are daily battles for me. In the winter starting seedlings keep me on my feet. I have grow lights in the basement and heat pads that help them thrive until spring. And I wield a mean cane when I plant zinnia seeds exactly where I want them around the patio around Memorial Day.

I come from an Italian background and cooking around my grandmother, mom and aunt taught me how to create recipes. I enjoy including new ones in each of my mysteries. From main dishes to baked goods, I try to keep recipes simple yet inventive. An old fashioned apple pie can still be my pride and joy.

One of my hobbies I began long ago and just picked up again recently is watercolor painting. I enjoy it during breaks in my writing schedule. My subject matter now? Cats.

Halo & Miss Paddington

And then there is writing. My 97th novel will be released in 2017. After writing romance for 20 years, I turned to women's fiction and mysteries. My 6th Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery was released this month. I'll have a new series, Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries, starting in 2018.

It will be so fulfilling to get to know you. Please feel free to comment and ask questions whenever you'd like!
Hubby and me!

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