Mystery Knit Lit Author Betty Hechtman shared her love of crochet and writing with Marly Bird on the Yarn Thing Podcast. She says she likes the genre Cozy Mysteries (more about people and less about gore – there are dead bodies but everybody has a good time!) better than Mystery Knit Lit, and I do too.
Betty says as a kid she fell in love with Granny Squares and wanted to learn to make them, finally found a kit in FAO Schwartz ‘Learn to Make Granny Squares’. Finishing the second one was her Golden Moment of Crochet. Learning to knit, she went into a yarn store with a friend and bought very LARGE sized needles, knitting four strands together. She prefers crochet… perhaps that’s reflected in her writing, as her crochet mysteries outnumber the other series.
Betty says she loved reading books as a kid and told herself stories, she wrote her first story at age eleven when it occurred to her to write one down. In high school, she wanted to be a mystery writer. When she purchased that kit (as an adult) she also got the idea to try to combine her literary writing with her handcrafting. She already had an agent and that person said, ‘write it and I will sell it’. It turned out that her first series created a bidding war between two publishers.
Betty actually has THREE series, the Crochet series has nine books so far, the Yarn Retreat has three (both she is promised to do two more) and her third (not shared during the chat) is a Young Adult series called the Blue Schwartz series has so far one, about a young babysitter who finds a priceless necklace. I wonder if Blue likes Granny Squares…
I’m including her profile in Goodreads too, as it gives you several options of websites where you can purchase books.
If you’ll be at the Knit and Crochet show in San Diego, look for her at the Crochetville booth. Hopefully, you’ll find Marly there at the Red Heart Yarns booth… Maybe you’ll be there when they meet in person.
If you missed hearing this live, catch the archive at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/07/09/mystery-knit-lit-author-betty-hechtman or in iTunes