Guest Post: 1-2-3-Creativity! by by Laura Childs

Tea maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs 3/14


Guest Post from Laura Childs,
New York Time Bestselling Author
of Haunted Hibiscus, A Tea Shop Mystery.

One of the exciting aspects of being an author is participating in library talks and appearing at book signings. You see, life as an author is a solitary business – it’s just me and my computer day after day. So any event where I can talk and interact with real live people is a treat. I love getting feedback on my books and enjoy hearing what other authors, and aspiring authors, are working on.

However, there’s almost always one person in the crowd who gazes at me wistfully and says, “Gee, I wish I could be creative too.” That’s when I need to reach out and say, “Oh, but you are.” Because most people I know are extremely creative. They may not have produced a chart-topping album or written a bestseller, but they most certainly do possess expertise and talent.

I’m a firm believer that most people (especially women) tap into their creative talent on an every-day basis. Some women are painters, knitters, quilters, crafters, cooks, and bakers. Some are delightfully skilled at organizing and prioritizing. Then there’s the talent needed to raise kids or volunteer at a charity or food bank. Contributing to your church newsletter surely qualifies you as a writer and if you create posters for schools or help with a community garden, you’re an artist. Sing in a church choir? In my book that makes you a performer.

You see where I’m going with this? Creativity is all about curiosity, flexibility, and determination. It’s a phenomenon where something new and valuable is formed. It can be an intangible (an idea or theory) or a physical object. And when that spark – that imaginative thought – ignites like lightning in your brain, chances are you’ll be off and running. So you see? You’re a creative thinker, doer, maker after all!

Wishing you all my best,

Laura Childs

About The Book:

Tea maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are ghosting through the dusk of a cool Charleston evening on their way to the old Bouchard Mansion. Known as the Gray Ghost, this dilapidated place was recently bequeathed to the Heritage Society, and tonight heralds the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house.

Though Timothy Neville, the patriarch of the Heritage Society, is not thrilled with the fund-raising idea, it is the perfect venue for his grandniece, Willow French, to sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers.

But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow’s body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia’s boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow’s apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder.

Timothy begs Theodosia to investigate, and shaken by Riley’s assault, she readily agrees. Now, she questions members of the Heritage Society and a man who claims the mansion is rightfully his, as well as Willow’s book publisher and her fiancé, all while hosting a Sherlock Holmes tea and catering several others.

But the Gray Ghost holds many secrets, as do several other key suspects, while this murder mystery plays out on the eve of Halloween.


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About The Author:

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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  1. I have read some of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries and want to read the Tea Shop Mysteries! I can get most of them from our local library but sometime they don’t have all of the series or they are out. Then I have to wait until the books come in through the Interlibrary Loan program but it is so worth it! Thank you for the chance!


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