Happy Anniversary, Barbara Jean! What a Year It’s Been!

We couldn’t believe it when WordPress informed us that we had been writing our blog for Poppy Cove Mysteries for an entire year!  It made us stop & think about what a year it’s been, the velocity it has moved at & how much had changed, & yet how much has stayed the same.

To go back tho just over a year ago, we had just finished writing our first book, STRANGLED BY SILK & knew we had to come up with a suitable (which in this case, means fun!) pen name to represent ourselves, the stories, place & time.  Barbara Jean Coast, with a sparkling champagne personality & fun-loving half-wit was born!

Then we started looking at how to reach our future readers, getting published, going from a handwritten manuscript to a published novel, finding complete strangers who would fall in love with our story as much as we have.  We researched agents & publishers, in both new & traditional way.  We got our hopes up, got rejected, our hopes dashed, praying & visualizing our way through the process, all the while knowing we had a good tale that needed to be shared.  Then, one quiet day, an e-mail showed up with an offer from Cozy Cat Press.  We were thrilled, but took our time, considered our options & future plans & happily signed the contract.

Now we have a terrific publishing home that suits us well with a great group of writers & many new friends, a tangible copy of STRANGLED BY SILK, & to our pleasure, the start of a fan base.  We’re learning how to reach our readers better & converse through the start of interviews & questions.  Best of all, we’re still finding the time to write more of our Poppy Cove Mysteries & loving our lives.


About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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