Monday, September 12, 2016



For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .

But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . . .


Mollie, how did you get started writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. I wrote my first novel when I was 12; finished my second novel at 18.

What's your favorite thing about the writing process?
Creating new stories.

Do you have a writing routine?
I write every day from 4 a.m to 6 a.m when I'm writing—sometimes I'm in edits or something and so I'll be revising or what ever during that time.

What do you think is hardest aspect of writing a book?
Finishing the book is very hard for me. I think I’m getting better at endings. But knowing when to stop and exactly how to end it has been very challenging for me.

How often do you read?

What books do you currently have published?
There are five books in the Cumberland Creek series, plus two e-novellas. Plus I have two cookbooks out. And my historical fiction, just released this year—Memory of Light: An Aftermath of Gettysburg. 

Is writing your dream job?
Absolutely! It’s such a tough business that if I didn’t love writing so much, I’d have quit by now. 

How often do you tweet?
Usually twice a day.

How do you feel about Facebook?
I love Facebook and the community there. It can be a bit distracting, so I do limit myself.

For what would you like to be remembered?
For being a good mom.

What scares you the most?
Something terrible happening to my daughters.

Would you make a good character in a book?
No. All I do is sit in front of a computer most days and run my daughters around. Bor-ing!

What five things would you never want to live without?
Indoor plumbing.
Heat and AC.
A good pair of running shoes.
My computer.

What’s one thing you never leave the house without.My driver’s license.

What do you love about where you live?
The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

What’s your favorite thing to do on date night?
My husband and I love to haunt second-hand bookstores and then grab a bite.

What’s your favorite fast food?

What’s your favorite beverage?

Diet cherry limeade.

What drives you crazy?


Name one thing you’re really good at and one thing you’re really bad at.
I hope I’m good at writing. And I am a bad housekeeper. True story. 

What do you wish you could do?

Hire a housekeeper!

What is one of your happiest moments?
Definitely when my girls were born!

What are you working on now?
I’m at work on Macrame Murder, the third book in the Cora Crafts Mysteries.


Mollie Cox Bryan, author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Agatha Award-nominated Cumberland Creek mystery series, is also an award-winning journalist and poet. She currently writes and crafts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Please visit her at, where you can sign up for her exclusive newsletter. For scrapbooking, recipes, and other crafty-freebies, join her on Pinterest.

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