I am a New Jersey native, but I’ve lived on the Treasure Coast of Florida for 20 years (the Atlantic Ocean is behind me in the picture). Think more orange groves and fewer high-rise beach front condos (we only have two). I’m within two hours of Orlando, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale to get my big-city fix, but the slower pace and manageable traffic suit me.
This part of Florida has wonderful history, and is a great place to set a cozy mystery series. I don’t directly create characters from friends and acquaintances, but annoying people may end up as a dead body or bad guy in a story–whether they know it or not.
The Beach Tea Shop is the main setting for my cozy mystery series. Settle in for a sweet ride with three sisters who solve crime when they’re not serving tea and treats.