Good morning from the Diamond Mine. I’m delighted to have Julie Cosgrove with us today. We’ve got lots of ground to cover today, Julie.
Great to be here, DiAne. Let’s go!
. Julie, Please tell your readers about your salvation story.
Well, it happened when I was 13. It was a rough time. My brother had married, my sister was off to college, and my parents sold our family home and moved to a condo miles away from my friends. I was depressed and lonely.
Mom and Dad gave me a tensor lamp, which was a fold-up desk or bedside table lamp with a very intense bulb in it, for Christmas. It was the middle of winter. I was reading in bed with my covers tucked around me and fell asleep. Somehow it knocked onto my bed and the intensity of the lamp’s bulb acted like a magnifying glass titled to the sun. As my bedding began to smolder, I remember vividly feeling a very sore throat. I felt hot and began to cough. I told myself I was getting ill and sleep was what I needed. Suddenly a booming voice yelled, “Julie Get Out. Now!!”
Q. As I look over the books you’ve authored, I see a great variety of genre. I began reading your series on human trafficking and was absolutely hooked on 2 a.m. reading to arrive at “The End.” Now you’re written numerous cozy mysteries that still keep me up in the wee morning hours. What stories do you like to write best?
But writing mystery is my favorite. That is the genre I love to read and also watch on TV. I love the twists and turns as the amateur sleuth begins to follow the path to the killer. There is also a sense of justice in them. But in all my books, reconciliation and mercy are the main themes because I believe God meets us in our mess and guides us out step by step until we fall into His arms. Every book I write brings out a social issues form what I hope is a Christian perspective.
My mom was a part of a group of ladies who all were Navy wives and clung to each other during WWII. Afterwards they met weekly for Bridge games the rest of their lives. They had known each other for over 40 years when I was invited out to have lunch with four of them one time while visiting my mom. I loved how they didn’t pull punches and interacted. That was the basis for the Bunco Biddies, though I couldn’t tell you which of my Mom’s friends resemble which Biddy in the books.
Q. I absolutely love the daily segments your publisher sends out of a related short story a few weeks before a new release. Gracious, with all the things a release requires how do you manage to dress the release up with a separate short story? And if I’m not mistaken, anyone can sign up to receive these daily stories, right? Can you please give the Diamond Mine readers that web address to sign up and receive their copy of your free stories?
Well they are a series that were serials - one small sub-chapter a day for 8-10 days leading up to the book releases. People could sign up during that time period to receive each segment in their email. However, I have three short stories on my website www.juliebcosgrove.com on the contact page, and if people sign up for my newsletter, I will send them one of their choice for free. I wrote the short stories while the books were in edits (which usually meant a lull time of a few months).
Q. Will you give us a little teaser of this new release? What’s the name of this one again?
Leaf Me Alone is Book 3 of the Relatively Seeking Mysteries. Each deal with genealogy and finding lost kin.
– Four days ago, all Shannon Johnson, owner of Pampered Pets and Plants, had to worry about was Fluffy eating a fizzy antacid while under her care. Now her Bible study leader, Mrs. Perkins, is in hospice and wants Shannon and her hubby, Jayden, to travel to Florida to locate her long-lost nephew.
Time is running out for Mrs. Perkins, and someone may be spinning the minute hands to usher her into heaven. Shannon’s friend, Bailey, seeks to find out why, despite the hesitancy of the Chief Detective to investigate why people are dying in a hospice facility. Seems rather normal to him.
In the meantime, Shannon and Jayden’s search has let a possible murder know who they are and where to find them. The nephew seems to be doing everything to keep from being found, and her husband may have lost his job in the process. This mystery is certainly becoming a relative thing!
Wow, Julie this has been a trip this morning. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with our Diamond Mine Readers. I’ve just finished reading Julie’s new “Leaf Me Alone.” Now it’s time to write a five-star review. See y’all next time. Bye for now!