I’m a New Jersey native but I’ve lived on the Treasure Coast of Florida for 20 years. 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 here 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 and their grandmother’s best friend, who solve crime when they’re not serving treats and tea.