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I am excited to welcome Cathy Elliott back today! Cathy shared a devotional with us last year (which you can find here, if you missed it). Today we have an opportunity to get to know her a bit better. She’s also sharing about her cozy mystery, A Vase of Mistaken Identity:
Thea James, proprietress of James & Company Antique Emporium, never thought murder would come to her small, surviving Gold Rush town of Larkindale. But when the Larkindale Lamplight reports the discovery of a body during the renovation of Larkin Lake Resort, Thea is caught up in the mystery.
Her world is further frenzied when she acquires a vintage vase from the town’s only homeless person. Thea finds a puzzling list tucked inside with four names written in a faded scrawl: two childhood friends from a summer camp, her sister Rosie, and . . . her own name!
When the first woman on the list ends up in a coma and another mysteriously disappears, Thea knows she must save herself and her sister from harm. Her attempt to eliminate the vicious threat on their lives propels Thea to places she never wanted to visit.
Will she discover the connection before tragedy strikes?
Welcome back, Cathy! I know I’ve told you before, but I love the creativity in your titles! So that we can get to know you a bit, let’s start with five fast favorites.
Favorite color? Periwinkle Blue
Favorite season? Spring
Cats or dogs? In my world – dogs. But a calico cat named Betty is featured in my cozy mystery, A Vase of Mistaken Identity. She has an important role, partly influenced by the best definition of a cozy mystery I ever heard – “Cats, quilts, & not a lot of blood.”
I like that definition… 😉 Sports or music? Probably music over sports…until the Olympics comes calling.
Favorite movie? Must I choose just one? Oh, my. Rather than THE favorite movie, let me give you A favorite movie. American Dreamer with JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti.
That’s almost as challenging as choosing a favorite book, isn’t it? LOL What do you hope your readers will take away from A Vase of Mistaken Identity?
A quiet theme to the novel is light. In the midst of every problem, light points out the solution. Look for the light in the darkness. It is there. He is there, the Light of the world, ready to lead and guide. And, possibly more apparent, be yourself. Even if you are clumsy like Thea, a bit messy or uncool, others see your kindness, your honesty, and sense of humor. You are loved for who you are, just as you are.
That’s a great message, Cathy! Can you give any hints about what you are working on now?
Though I’m not ready to say much about them, two projects are getting special attention now. One is a new mystery series with a rookie P.I. & the other is a cozy, quilting series set in Central Oregon. The first is farther along & will be ready for my agent to shop around before long. I’ll let folks know should I be blessed with another contract. 🙂
That will be an exciting announcement! When you aren’t writing, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
Now that I’m (pretty much) beyond my antiquing addiction, quilting is my next favorite hobby. I love the quilting community and am a member of a local quilt guild (Sun Country Quilters), rather like the one Thea James belongs to in the book – The-Quilt-Without-Guilt-Guild. Mine is a talented, generous group who also make many service projects. But there are so many unfinished quilts! At least, in my stash.
I also play my 12-string guitar and sing at church with the music team on a regular basis. Now and again, one of my favorite songbirds, Rita, allows me to accompany her on a special for Sunday service. Sometimes I accompany certain small groups at a Bible study or retreat. At Christmastime, I teamed up with a writer friend to do music for our Quills of Faith Writer’s Group party. And of course, I dragged that heavy guitar (most of its weight is in the case) along on Christmas day to participate in our family caroling time. So nice to have a portable-type instrument I can whip out whenever needed. Playing it gives me a lot of joy.
My mom used to own a quilt shop, where I worked as a teen, and I play as part of an “orchestra” at church each week, too! 🙂 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
After growing up on regular doses of Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie, I’m an Anglophile to the core. So…dream trip? Across England, through all the cities and villages, along the coast, enjoying the history and beauty…antiquing all the way. Or perhaps see the countryside on a Jane Austen Tour? Wouldn’t that cause any Austenian heart to beat faster?
I imagine some of us would love to join you on a tour like that! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Why is that one special to you?
I am deeply touched by Psalm 139:17-18.
“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
How amazing that God’s thoughts toward me outnumber the grains of sand on the seashore! If one tried to count them, time would run out for any mortal man. It could not be done. Yet my Father, who created me, thinks of me even more often than that. He never, ever stops thinking about me. Not thoughts of condemnation or judgment, but precious thoughts of absolute love and adoration. It reminds me of what a beloved pastor used to tell us, “God loves you as if you are the only one on Earth to love.”
I love that, Cathy! It’s easier to feel like we are just one little grain of sand in the whole world full of beaches, but that’s not His perspective at all. Thank you for that sweet reminder, and for taking the time to visit with us today!
More about Cathy:
Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer in northern California whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from quilting and antique collecting to playing her fiddle with friends. She also leads music at church and cherishes time with her grandchildren. Cathy’s other plot-twisting works include Medals in the Attic and A Stitch in Crime.
You can connect with Cathy online:
Website & Occasional Blog – www.cathyelliottbooks.com
Facebook: Author Cathy Elliott cathyelliottbooks.com
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/cathyelliott10/
Also by Cathy:
Thea James thought working as co-chair for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza would be a natural extension of her antique business. But while organizing the busy week’s premiere events would make anyone frayed, she doesn’t expect a complete unraveling!
At the opening soirée, local matriarch Mary-Alice Wentworth is knocked unconscious and robbed of her diamond brooch. Soon a rare quilt—the main attraction and a rumored key to great riches—goes missing. Those who signed up to help Thea are strangely no help at all. What more could possibly happen?
Amid a cast of colorful characters and a tight schedule of garden galas, tea parties, and televised socials, everything is falling apart at the seams – and nothing is quite what it seems. Can Thea sew everything back together?
“…Fans of inspirational fiction will enjoy the funny, feel-good whodunit.” Publishers Weekly Review – November 7, 2014
“…There is mystery and laughter, and Elliott’s characters are strong, confident and determined to make their mark….Fans will want to add this gem to their keeper shelf.” RT 4-Star Review November 12, 2014
‘A Vase of Mistaken Identity’ Giveaway:
Cathy is offering a paperback copy of A Vase of Mistaken Identity to one winner, US addresses only. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.