Fiction with a touch of South

The cozy mysteries of Trixie Montgomery and Skye Southerland

Trixie is an historical journalist traveling around the South 
covering the latest stories. As an amateur sleuth Trixie often finds herself in the midst of a mystery.

Skye Southerland is an interior designer who finds herself at the center of an investigation.


Okay, you’ve finished your book – now what? The writing world has changed over the past few years. Many authors are self-publishing or publishing with small presses. This means that as an author you will be required to market your books. Don’t panic! Knowledge can keep marketing from being such a scary prospect. 

Nuts and Bolts of Marketing will give you tools to put in your marketing toolbox to take out and use when needed. Some of the tools covered by a Power Point presentation are: ways to help you finish your book, writing a marketable book, social media, QR code, promotional material, book launches, speaking engagements, venues, and generating email lists. Come and fill your tool box. 

So you want to write a mystery! Mystery Writing 101 covers the ABC’s of writing a mystery. This is a class for those who are writing a mystery or planning on writing a mystery. Mystery Writing 101 is presented with the use of a colorful Power Point presentation. This allows the student to see the information as well as hear it. Along with hearing and seeing the information I give the students time to write down notes so they will be able to look back, for reference, on the information presented.

Topics covered are: What is a Mystery, Characters, Setting, Clues, Point of View, Dialogue, Plotting, Editing and Tying up the Package. I have several handouts to aid the student in retaining the information. One of the handouts is a fill in the blank where the students write down important points presented during the presentation. This is done to help with retention of the information presented. I, also, give examples of the subject being covered by reading from my books, or from well-known authors. At the end of the Power Point presentation I leave time for questions.

See the events page for local workshops or contact Deborah to run your own.