We always ask the fiber history of our guest, and Maggie says hers began in Virginia, specifically handwork like quilting, sewing, embroidery, etc. She knew people in college that knit, and admired them. But it wasn’t until after she wrote historical fiction and a career as an Certified Public Accountant, that she found in her research that people found comfort in knitting, and was referred to Lambspun of Colorado. Maggie refers to Faith Popcorn who was a trend spotter in the early 90’s, as saying that things that feel good to touch would become popular, which probably also inspired Maggie to write.
The Knitting Mystery Series, also know as the Kelly Flynn Series (now at #13) began with Kelly losing her Aunt, who’s property was adjacent to a coffee shop and knit shop which had been her Aunt’s support group and next to a golf course. Something was not quite right with her Aunt’s death and that began Kelly’s mysterious adventures in Ft Collins, Colorado. What Maggie herself found when visiting Lambspun she was able to capture and put into the book, the beautiful colors, the feel of the fiber and yarns, the feelings of learning to knit and she caught on, the comfort she’d heard about before. She uses the language of those who love yarn to tell the stories and makes it a very popular series which can be classified as knitting literature or knit lit.
Taking her knitting story ideas to her publishers sounds like an adventure, too. It was not a straight path. Having had success previously, her publisher was surprised, of course, and referred to this new idea as a ‘cozy’ novel. Maggie, having written many different murders, couldn’t imagine her writing as ‘cozy’ but clearly the combination of yarn and murder works for her! Plus, publishers LOVE series as Maggie says this sold faster than anything else she’s written.
Maggie has also written a trilogy of Political Suspense called the Molly Malone series. She also blogs as part of the Cozy Chicks. You can follow Maggie Sefton at her website, www.maggiesefton.com on Facebook and Twitter.
If you missed hearing this live it is available to hear as an archived episode where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/12/10/author-maggie-sefton or in iTunes.