I love books. When I was a kid, I’d spend all of my weekly allowance on books at a beloved used bookstore.
I now have over 3,500 books in my bookcase-lined office. I especially love my Oregon history books. The books sparked my cozy mystery series set in a small Oregon Coastal town. Even though my office is at capacity, I can always find space for one more book.
When I’m not reading or writing books, I’m either visiting small towns in Oregon or exercising. I love dumbbells and work out in my garage. If you come by, you may catch me carrying 50 pounds in each hand across the street. I do 150 push-ups a week and am perfecting my handstand. All this exercise serves a long-term goal for when I’m 95 years old, I want the doctor to look at my biceps and rethink their assumptions about senior fitness.
And more formally, here’s my short author bio…
About the Author, Kathleen Colvin
Kathleen Colvin wanted to read Nancy Drew mystery books even before she could read.
Kathleen has traveled all around her home state of Oregon, and she loves small towns. After writing two books on Oregon history (published by Oregon State University Press), she was inspired to write a cozy mystery series set in an Oregon small-town bookstore.
For the past 20 years, Kathleen has researched strong, inspirational women. It’s no surprise then that her cozy mysteries feature a strong woman as the sleuth.
Why I Write Cozy Mysteries
Cozy mysteries are puzzles. I have to put the clues out in plain sight, and yet still surprise the readers. That’s why they’re so fun, because I have to play fair and hope that I was clever enough that no one can figure out the solution until the end.
Cozies also are full of quirky characters. I write about characters with hidden depth. I like to play with readers’ assumptions.