Several years ago, I was on the market for a book series to start reading after taking a pretty long hiatus from it. The moment I saw the cover for Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett, I knew I needed to read it. Little did I know, my love for reading would be reignited! Since that day, it is rare for you to see me without a book. If you were to look in my purse you would find a physical copy of a book, my kindle, and earbuds for audiobooks. I have a problem—a GOOD PROBLEM 🙂
For a while now I have wanted to interview London and thankfully I had the opportunity to do so a little over a week ago! London Lovett is the Author of several cozy mystery series which include: Port Danby, Firefly Junction, and Starfire. Each series is so unique and different, but one thing that is constant is the love you will have for each of the characters. It is extremely hard not to feel as though you are best friends with each sleuth and you will find yourself cheering them on through every obstacle that they face. Also did I mention all the cute animals and yummy food throughout each book? Seriously, they are the best! Now on to the interview!
- What made you decide to become a writer?
About twenty years ago, my sister and I decided to write a historical romance together. We loved to read Regency romances and thought ‘how hard could it be to write one?’ It turned out to be harder than we thought. It was especially frustrating having two minds in the mix. We didn’t always think alike. But we persisted, and, eventually, we got a few books published as e-books. My sister lost her enthusiasm for writing, but I continued creating content. My first indie published young adult book (different penname) did surprisingly well. I’ve never looked back, and I’m still loving every second of being an author.
- Where did you get the inspiration for each of your book series?
With the Port Danby series, I knew I wanted a smart, fun-loving main character. (Not entirely sure when or how the hyperosmia idea popped into my head.) I’ve always loved coastal settings in books, so I dreamt up the town of Port Danby, a totally fictional place where I would love to live. For Firefly, I knew I wanted to do something with a paranormal edge. As a kid (long ago, trust me) I watched a TV show called The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. A handsome, arrogant sea captain haunts his old house, and when Mrs. Muir, a widow, moves into the place, she soon discovers that she has a live-in ghost. That show was definitely my inspiration for Edward Beckett. He was also inspired by my love for Regency era romances. After writing two contemporary series, I had an urge to get back to writing something historical. I decided to stick to a setting I knew, Los Angeles,where I grew up. Since the movie industry was just starting to take off during the 1920’s, I
decided it would be the perfect era for the series.
- Out of the three sleuths you have created, who do you resonate with the most? Why?
Good question. Hard question. I’d have to say Lacey. I think her personality is closest to my own, although, I don’t have an extraordinary sense of smell and I don’t have a pet
crow…unfortunately. I do have goats though and while they’re not as smart as crows, they are alot of fun.
- Prior to writing cozy mysteries, were you an avid reader of them? What are some of your
The mysteries I prefer are always wrapped up in a romance. I love Barbara Michaels and her alter ego Elizabeth Peters because the romance is as central as the mystery.When I started writing my cozy mysteries, there was never any question that each of them would have a romantic edge. I’m also a huge fan of Masterpiece Mystery. I never miss a series.
- What is your favorite part of being an author?
Hands down, my favorite part is being able to create fun, and, with any luck, interesting characters. And, even though you didn’t ask–plotting is by far my least favorite part.
- Outside of writing, what are some of your hobbies?
I retired from teaching several years agoso I find that I do have some nice spare time between writing. I’m an outdoorsy type. A long hikeor bike ride is my go-to activity, especially during this past crazy year. I also love to cook andbake for my family.
This was such a fun interview and hope that you also enjoyed diving a little deeper with author London Lovett!
Thank you to London Lovett for your time!