An award-winning novelist, Julie B Cosgrove is a digital missionary for The Life Project, as well as the editor and recruiter of other writers for the organization’s websites. Julie also lectures to women’s and writers’ groups. Her blog, Where Did You Find God Today?, has readers around the world.
When do you find time to write?
Julie: I am widowed and live alone, so I can find time to write fiction when my editing, devotional writing, lecturing and missionary work allows. I find the year is cyclical. There are times when things slow down, and I get the itch to write. So, my friends and family understand when I say I am in the mode and become reclusive for a while. I’ve never missed a publisher’s deadline though.
What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
Julie: I have a spot on the couch where I curl up, usually with a cup of hot tea. My cat often joins me and perches on the top cushion, resting one paw on my arm.
How do you come up with titles for your books?
Julie: For the Relatively Seeking Mysteries, I wanted them to all have “leaf” themes, since they are about family trees and secrets…and handsome bachelors who help the lady sleuths, of course. Fallen Leaf is indicative of both Jessica, who is put up for adoption, and her birth father, who is convicted of murder and thus disowned by his family.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
Julie: I guess the mean old neighbor Edwin in Dumpster Dicing, the first book in the Bunco Biddies Mysteries Series. (Dumpster Dicing won Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by the Texas Association of Authors.) He was chopped up and placed in the community dumpster. Yes, it is a comedy, believe it or not.
How do you research ways to kill someone for your books?
Julie: I go online a lot, and wonder when the police or FBI will knock on my door! I also have contacted a few retired police detectives who have been of assistance to me, and of course I love to watch and read mysteries. I belong to several suspense romance and mystery sites, and we sometimes bounce ideas off each other.
How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Julie: All of my novels start off set in Texas, where I have lived most of my life. My characters are Texans. However, I do have them venture beyond its borders. For years, I freelanced for a popular travel website, and so I have learned ways to thoroughly explore other places digitally. Hush in the Storm, my first successful suspense romance, is partially set in New Mexico because it seemed logical for the plot. The award-winning sequel, Legitimate Lies, is set in Southern England, where I did have the blessed opportunity to travel in 2012. Much of this book, Fallen Leaf, is set in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, and though I have never been there, I spent months “going there” online.
Current Book: Fallen Leaf
Jessica’s birth father insists he was framed for murder. Can she trust the D.A., Brady, to help her? Or does Brady have a hidden agenda?