Meet Karen Cino @karencino Author of Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series #RLFblog #Cozy Mystery RomanceKaren Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.

Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery Romance

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After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What makes you different from other people?

That’s a tough question to answer. I’d say my personality and my ability to help people without looking for anything in return.

What is your personality type?

I’m outgoing. I love making people laugh. A typical Aries. But I do like my privacy. When I’m writing I tend to stay to myself.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I grew up in an apartment building in Brooklyn, New York. Everyday we would go into the courtyard with our chalk and play hopscotch. I also loved playing stoop ball.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

I love talking about decorating and baking cookies and cakes, sharing my recipes. I also love about books and my favorite authors.

What is your favorite book?

Lovers and Gamblers by Jackie Collins

What is your favorite meal?

Anything made with eggplant.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I always loved telling stories. I wanted to be a sports writer. But at the time, it was a hard field for women to break into. But I always wrote poems, short stories and novels. I can’t remember a time when writing stories wasn’t a part of my life.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

Save the Cat! But I find that talking to other published writers helped me the most. They are able to answer the questions honestly without all the fluff.

What are your favorite reference books?

Dictionary and Thesaurus. You can even get them online. My novels take place in settings that I’m familiar with. But for someone writing historical romances, it is important to do your research.

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

I always have business cards and swag. Of course in my tote I always carry a notebook and multiple pens.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Don’t give up. Keep writing everyday. Set a goal. My goal is 1000 words a day. Somedays I don’t get there, but somedays I write over 2000 words. Keep writing and mostly importantly, edit, edit and edit.

What are your writing goals for this year?

My goal is to release three books in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series, one Women’s Fiction and one Women’s Fiction Romance Mystery.

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Where to buy Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series

Publisher Mandolay Press

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Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various places locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime.
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