Aah, who doesn't love a good wedding? The flowers, the cake, and most important of all, the beautiful bride in her gorgeous dress. But then there's the multitude of things that can go wrong on this most sacred of traditional days. The meddlesome mother-in-law, the groom still hungover from last night's bachelor party, the photographer who forgot to show up. The bride losing her everlasting mind because the flowers aren't just right. The dead body behind the altar. . ..
Wait a minute, did I just say that? Of course I did. I write crime fiction. Thinking about the best places to hide a body is what I do.
Okay, I do. . . but only when I'm writing a story.
And that's why I was thinking about corpses with knives in their backs at weddings. Because I needed to come up with a story idea for a wedding cozy mystery anthology. To be honest, it didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to write and know which characters would be in the starring roles.
The best part about participating in this anthology is that I would be part of a Kickstarter campaign. It's a new path for authors and readers to connect. I've been a longtime fan of Kickstarter having backed 50 campaigns, with 20 of them being for fiction and non-fiction projects. Sure, some of them are with authors I already knew, but a lot were for new-to-me authors.
With authors like Brandon Sanderson bringing it mainstream, many people are discovering this option to connect with their favorite authors. Or, like in an anthology campaign like I'm participating in, to discover new ones.
But why support a Kickstarter campaign in the first place? Because there are lots of incentives and bonuses exclusive to backers. You won't find these special opportunities and rewards at any retail sites. For instance, in the anthology I'm participating in, you can get extra eBooks, and there's even an option to name a character. But most exciting of all, there's an overarching Wedding Whodunit with clues planted in all the stories that readers can solve.
So when it comes to planning a wedding, yes, thinking about the cake flavor you want could be important. Or, should there be a live band, and maybe depending on how deep the pocketbook goes, your high school nephew DJing may have to do.
But maybe what you should really think about is who you are marrying. Do you both have a lot in common, like reading cozy mysteries? Great! I know of a perfect book you can read on your honeymoon. No, not on your wedding night. For when you're lounging on the beach working on your tan. Geez, do you always have murder on your mind? Maybe you should meditate more.
About Malice, Matrimony, and Murder
Twenty-six cozy mystery and cozy crime fiction authors have teamed up to create Malice, Matrimony, and Murder, a collection of brand-new, wedding-themed short stories that will keep you wondering whodunit and what's next from the first page to the last. Between bad bridesmaids, conniving caterers, greedy guests, ill-mannered in-laws, savvy sleuths, and vengeful villains, this anthology has it all!
You can learn more and back the campaign here:
Francelia Belton’s love of short stories came from watching old Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents television shows in her youth. She published a collection titled, Crime & Passion: Three Short Stories, and her fiction has appeared in various publications, including "Sis Knows Best" in the upcoming Malice, Matrimony, and Murder.
She is an active member of Sisters in Crime and has served as President (2019-2021) and Vice President (2015-2018) for the Colorado chapter. She is also an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Crime Writers of Color.
She can be found online at: https://FranceliaBelton.com/
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