Got cozy mystery reading for the holidays?
For several days in Decemeber, I’ll be featuring posts from some of the authors of the brand new mystery box set, The 12 Slays of Christmas. Several authors from the set are going to share with us a bit about their book and their character(s).
Today I’m thrilled to welcome It’s a Mystery podcast guest, from episode 32, Kim Hunt Harris. I am a huge fan of Kim’s delightfully flawed, kind-hearted and well-meaning amateur sleuth, Salem Grimes.
Take it away Kim!
Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.
Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.
Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.
Frankincense, Gold, and Murder
Salem Grimes is celebrating Christmas in true Trailertopian style, complete with caroling, Pancho Clos, and tamales, but her festivities take a downturn when she finds a murdered neighbor. It won’t be a jolly Christmas if her hunt for the killer leads to her becoming the next victim.
My favorite character and why?
This is such a difficult question because of course I love all my characters, but for different reasons. Salem is my protagonist and in so many ways she is me (in some ways she’s not at all like me, of course—I’ll leave it to the readers to figure out which parts are which) and at this point (after 4.5 completed novels and numerous short stories) we’ve spent a lot of time together. I love her for her earnest heart and her honesty. I love Viv because that woman has no filter and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She says whatever she thinks, and she gets away with it because she has no malice in any of it. But I think if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Tony. Tony is the Christian I aim to be. Plus, he’s pretty dreamy. And he’s nice to Salem’s dog, so there are all kinds of points with that.
What is something unexpected that occurred while you were writing this book?
I don’t know why, in 2017, this would be a surprise to me, but it was. YOU CAN FIND ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET. I decided to include an a capella choir in my story, and needed a catchy name for it. I decided to Google that and, lo and behold, there is a choir name generator website, and Out On A Hymn was born. I know there are pitfalls with this new technological world we’re living in, but I kind of love how the average Joe’s quirky talents now can be accessed by anyone at any time.
If you wrote about another holiday other than Christmas, what would it be and why?
I’m actually putting together a box set of different holiday-themed stories, because I have this one and I have an Easter one already written. Halloween should definitely be in the works, I think, because that’s the perfect setting for a mystery, right? I also have an idea for a Valentine’s Day story that I plan to work on next. It involves a jewelry store robbery where the bad guy escapes on a bicycle.
The 12 Slays of Christmas is available now at all online retailers. The set includes twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve cozy authors! Holiday murder and mischief abound, but not to worry we’ve got our share of amateur sleuths!
And to make everyone’s holidays bright and merry, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, in addition to sharing our Christmas whodunit stories with our readers, are donating the proceeds from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter. C’mon! Buy a book, rescue a dog! (or cat!)
Can’t you just feel Christmas in the air? So, put on your winter mittens, dust off your holiday recipes, start humming those carols, and have yourself a Merry Christmas with a little murder, a whole lot of fun, and a gift of love to our cozy pet partners in crime solving!