Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Q&A with the author of Tragic Magic Laura Childs/ Giveaway info!

Today we are joined by Laura Childs!

Let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been a mystery author for the past ten years – writing the Scrapbook Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In my previous life I was CEO of a marketing firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN and Austin, TX. I’m married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history and have two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. Hobbies includes scrapbooking, card making, travel, and collecting art.

Where (in general) do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is one of those fleeting things. I’d like to tell you it can be tapped whenever you need it, but, sadly, that’s not how it works for me. I have to begin with a “What if?” proposition for a mystery, then explore a few scenarios. When one starts to click, I start writing. In fact, my writing philosophy is a lot like Nike. Just do it. Once I develop a meaningful story outline, I keep chipping away at the writing. No need for personal assistants, incense, feng shui, or anything remotely tricky!

Where did you get the idea to write a mystery series based around scrapbooking (one of my other hobbies) and in New Orleans?

After my Tea Shop Mysteries took off, I pitched the idea of Scrapbook Mysteries to my editor in New York. They were dumbfounded and had never heard of it (this was back in 2002). But I’d just started dabbling with scrapbooking and card making and knew these special crafts were growing by leaps and bounds. So I put my marketing cap back on and put together a kind of White Paper Report for my publisher. I detailed gross amounts spent in the industry, number of magazines, websites, scrapbook shows, etc. They loved it and gave me a contract.
Deciding to set the Scrapbook Mysteries in New Orleans just felt right to me. It’s a city I’ve visited many times and I have friends in one of the krewes who’ve taken me by the hand to visit float dens, float makers homes, and even attend a couple of the Mardi Gras balls.

Can you tell us a bit about Tragic Magic, your newest book?

When Carmela Bertrand, star of Tragic Magic and the previous six Scrapbook Mysteries, is tapped to create spooky set decorations for Medusa Manor, a new haunted house attraction in New Orleans, she’s greeted by a flaming body tossed from a third floor window. Undaunted, Carmela jumps in feet first to hunt down the killer. Rubbing elbows with the right (and wrong) people, Carmela’s search takes her on a tour of an abandoned asylum, a fancy jewelry shop where cremation jewelry is sold, and an ancient Garden District cemetery. Besides the fast-paced mystery, there are scrapbooking tips as well as New Orleans recipes such as sausage gumbo, Southern coffee cookies, and cocoa loco pie.

Do you have a favorite character from this book or another in the series?

I’m pretty crazy about Ava. She’s the best friend of Carmela, my protagonist, and she owns a little voodoo shop across the courtyard from Carmela’s apartment. Ava is a former Miss Teen Sparkle beauty queen and is all about the clothes and the good life. She’s also quite the flirt.

Where can we find more of you and your work? (fan pages, websites, twitter?)

Just visit my website at Or look for my books at almost any bookstore. I’ve been a lucky lady and have made several trips to the New York Times Bestseller List, so all my books are widely distributed.

I want to send out a BIG thank you to Laura for joining us today! I really enjoyed her book! If you would like to have a chance to win then leave a comment on the review here And if you've done that you can earn an extra entry by leaving a question for Laura on this post.


  1. I'm sorry to be in a rush, I will come back andread/respond to this post later! Kids pulling at my legs! But you have an award at my blog! (And it's not Southern City Mysteries...)


  2. I will definitely check out The Scrapbook Mysteries. I don't scrapbook, but love mysteries.

  3. I forgot to leave a question. How many books do you plan for the series?