So, you know the secret project I’ve been talking about, without actually saying anything about it? It’s actually two projects. One’s still a secret, but I can tell you about the other one now.
There’s going to be an anthology of short stories, COZY CHRISTMAS CAPERS, written by several of the authors with Gemma Halliday Publishing, available the beginning of December for the low price of $1.99 for what amounts to close to three full novels’ worth of reading.
My story, featuring Helen Binney, is called A (GINGERBREAD) DIORAMA OF DEATH, and has all the usual supporting cast: Tate, Betty and Josie, Lily and Laura, Martha Waddell, and even the annoying Detective Hank Peterson, since every Christmas story needs a Grinch.
I had a blast writing the story, although I kept fretting that no one would know what a “diorama” is. I had to look it up myself, when the title first came to me, just to make sure I was using it right! Wikipedia defines it as “a three-dimensional full-size or miniature model,” and you can see some pictures of amazingly detailed dioramas at the Wikipedia page here.
In my story, the dioramas are less realistic and more edible; they’re the entries in a gingerbread house contest.
How could something as sweet and wholesome as gingerbread lead to a murder investigation? Just ask Helen Binney to be one of the three judges of the competition, and require a unanimous decision in order to award the prizes.