Sarah Miller and her sidekick, Sophie, are here to prove it!
The story begins in Cunningham Village, a retirement community in the Midwest, and follows Sarah as she finds ways to make a successful adjustment to this new way of life. From taking classes at the community center to making lasting friendships and even exploring the possibility of a romantic connection, Sarah remains steadfastly determined to continue to be a vital, active woman engaged in life. Although she never expected to become involved in crime-solving, she willingly took on that new role as well.
Being an avid quilter myself, I also wanted to integrate that particular creative expression into the story, and Sarah, always willing to go along with my wishes, took up quilting. She, in fact, makes the quilts (with my help, of course) for each of the book covers, as you will see as you read each book. (You will be able to make the quilts as well, since the instructions are now included.)
Because I wanted to write about quilting and about relationships, I chose the cozy mystery format. A cozy is a light mystery without explicit sex, violence, or profanity. If the crime is murder, it tends to occur out of the view of the reader. Cozies are usually organized around a hobby and a group of friends in a small community who work to solve the mystery. In this series, the hobby is quilting and the community is the retirement village featuring Sarah, her feisty friend Sophie, and their cohort.
I wrote my first book at the age of seventy-five and often question why I waited so long. I love writing, and I especially love my characters, who have become a part of my life. I actually miss them when I’m not creating their experiences. I suspect there’s a Book #11 in my future. I can feel it niggling around up there.
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