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Kathryn Mykel

Kathryn Mykel
BIOGRAPHY

Kathryn Mykel, author of Award-Winning Sewing Suspicion - A Quilting Cozy Mystery

Inspired by the laugh-out-loud and fanciful aspects of cozies, Kathryn Mykel aims to write lighthearted, humorous cozies surrounding her passion for the craft of quilting. 

Kathryn is an avid quilter and owner of a successful retail quilting business who was born and raised in a small New England town. She lives in her 30'RV with her dog Bentley.

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Kathryn Mykel's Books

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Mail-Order Papa 3-Book Setby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Jan 19, 2024Series: Mail-Order PapaHistorical Romance
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Stitching Concerns: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 5)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Aug 17, 2023Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Patchwork Perils: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 7)
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Patchwork Perils: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 7)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Apr 03, 2025 Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
A Hiss-teria of Killers (A Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology)
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A Hiss-teria of Killers (A Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology)by Aconite CafePublish: Apr 20, 2024Mystery
Royally Dispatched: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)
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Royally Dispatched: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)by P.C. JamesPublish: Dec 01, 2022Series: Duchess of Snodsbury SeriesMystery
Freaking Meowt: A Meowing Good Cat Cozy Mystery
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Freaking Meowt: A Meowing Good Cat Cozy Mysteryby Kathryn MykelPublish: Sep 18, 2024 Mystery
Royally Snuffed: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective Cozy Mystery (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)
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Mutterly Mistaken: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteries
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Mutterly Mistaken: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteriesby Kathryn MykelPublish: Nov 15, 2022Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
A Banker for Bethany: Mail-Order Papa
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A Banker for Bethany: Mail-Order Papaby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Nov 06, 2023Series: Mail-Order PapaHistorical Romance
Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)
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Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Jan 04, 2022Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Mail-Order Carpenter: Honorable Husbands
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Mail-Order Carpenter: Honorable Husbandsby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Sep 19, 2024 Historical Romance
Mail-Order Thief: Honorable Husbands
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Mail-Order Thief: Honorable Husbandsby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Nov 02, 2024 Historical Romance
Christmas Star Cottage
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Christmas Star Cottageby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Nov 27, 2022Contemporary Romance
Sugar Cookie Inn: Christmas At The Inn - Book 20
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Sugar Cookie Inn: Christmas At The Inn - Book 20by Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Dec 16, 2022Contemporary Romance
Quinn: Runaway Brides Of The West - Book 20
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Quinn: Runaway Brides Of The West - Book 20by Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Dec 12, 2022Historical Romance
Clara's Crusade: The Suffrage Spinsters Book 17
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Clara's Crusade: The Suffrage Spinsters Book 17by Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Jul 25, 2023Historical Romance
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A Lumberjack for Lorena: Mail-Order Papaby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Jan 12, 2024Historical Romance
A Carpenter for Catherine: Mail Order Papa
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A Carpenter for Catherine: Mail Order Papaby Kathryn LeBlancPublish: Dec 07, 2023Historical Romance
Purrfect Perpetrator: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteries
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Purrfect Perpetrator: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteriesby Kathryn MykelPublish: Nov 14, 2023Series: Holiday Pet Sleuth MysteriesMystery
Doggone Disaster: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteries
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Doggone Disaster: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteriesby Kathryn MykelPublish: Dec 15, 2023Series: Holiday Pet Sleuth MysteriesMystery
Fine Points are Sketchy: A Quilting Cozy Mystery
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Fine Points are Sketchy: A Quilting Cozy Mysteryby Kathryn MykelPublish: Jan 02, 2024Series: Sketchy Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Quilting Cozy Mystery Series - Set 2 Books: 1-5: Sewing Suspicion, Quilting Calamity, Pressing Matters, Threading Trouble, Stitching Concerns (Quilting Cozy Mysteries)
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A Load of Trouble: Washy Time Laundromat Cozy Mystery
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A Load of Trouble: Washy Time Laundromat Cozy Mysteryby Kathryn MykelPublish: Sep 29, 2023Mystery
Royally Whacked: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)
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Royally Whacked: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)by P.C. JamesPublish: Nov 01, 2023Series: Duchess of Snodsbury SeriesMystery
Pressing Matters: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 3)
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Pressing Matters: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 3)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Aug 03, 2022Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
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Mending Mischief: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 6)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Apr 27, 2024Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Threading Trouble: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 4)
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Threading Trouble: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 4)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Apr 06, 2023Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
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Sewing Suspicion: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 1)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Nov 04, 2021Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery

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Kathryn Mykel's Awards and Achievements

    Kathryn Mykel has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • 2nd Place Best Fiction Cover
    2024

    Stitching Concerns: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 5)

    award
  • 3rd Place Best Mystery & Thriller Cover
    2024

    Mending Mischief: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 6)

    award
  • 1st Place Cover of the Month Winner
    2023

    Threading Trouble: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 4)

    award
  • 1st Place Cover of the Month Winner
    2023

    Mutterly Mistaken: Holiday Pet Sleuth Mysteries

    award
  • 3rd Place Best Mystery & Thriller Cover
    2023

    Royally Dispatched: An Amateur Female Duchess Detective (The Duchess of Snodsbury Amateur Detective Series)

    award
  • Indie Clean Romance Book of the Year Award
    2023

    A Carpenter for Catherine: Mail Order Papa

    award
  • 2nd Place Cover of the Month Winner
    2022

    Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

    award
  • Best-Best Seller
    2022

    Sewing Suspicion: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

    achievement
  • Indie Cozy Mystery Book of the Year Award
    2022

    Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

    award
  • Indie Cozy Mystery Book of the Year
    2021

    Sewing Suspicion: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

    award

Kathryn Mykel Interview On 11, Dec 2023

"Kathryn Mykel, the author of "Sewing Suspicion - A Quilting Cozy Mystery," combines her love for quilting with a passion for cozy mysteries, creating lighthearted and humorous tales full of obscure clues and red herrings. Born and raised in a small New England town, she infuses her stories with the charm of close-knit communities. As an avid quilter and successful retail business owner, Kathryn's narratives intricately weave plots through characters' personalities and flaws, delivering delightful mysteries."
Where were you born, and where do you live now? Which place do you like better, and why?

Born and raised in Massachusetts. Fun fact, I've lived in ten different places in the same state over the years, and every 4-5 years I have to resist the urge to move! I love it here, but I do want to see more of the country—soon!

What sparked your interest in combining quilting and cozy mysteries?

I eat, sleep and breathe quilting...well, at least I did, before I began writing/authoring.

So, the progression was natural, to include quilting in my writing. I often say, I don't like writing about things I don't know anything about. Well, I know a lot about quilting!

Can you share a bit about your journey as an avid quilter and how it influenced your decision to incorporate quilting into your cozy mysteries?

Like writing, I learned to quilt and also to 'be a quilter'. Like most other quilters (and writers/authors) I attended classes and learned the basics, learned the nuances, and then spent time trying to master it. Finally, I quit my corporate 9-5 job to open my own quilt shop.

Having closed the quilt shop just before covid and then sold retail online for a few years, I juggled both retail sales and self publishing for about a year, until I was ready to become a full time author.

How do you balance the lighthearted and humorous elements in your cozy mysteries with the suspenseful aspects of a mystery plot?

First and foremost, I like to laugh out loud. So writing cozies made perfect sense. Being a quilter is often humorous in its own right-we cut up perfectly good fabric just to sew it back together into something different (for example). I love to explore the nuttier sides of being a quilter.

We read to escape (thus the lighthearted) and to enjoy (thus the humorous). My theory is: who wants to quilt when there is a mystery to solve. So, I usually put the quilting first and then build the mystery and there is generally a bit less suspense in my books than most but I'm learning how to fit it all in.

Given your background as the owner of a successful retail quilting business, do you draw inspiration from real-life experiences in your stories?

I have drawn from my experiences, yes. I do use my experiences of being a quilter in my stories. I also collaborate with other quilters to include their designs, patterns, and names into my stories and book covers. You'd be surprised at how many quilt professionals raised their hands to be keeled off in one of my cozies :)

Your books are set in a small New England town. How does the sense of community in such settings contribute to the cozy atmosphere of your mysteries?

To create a cozy atmosphere, I purposefully crafted their neighborhood into a little town of its own within the actual town. Over the years, we've lost a lot of that neighborhood togetherness of past generations. My main character spends a lot of time battling with wanting to be back in her hometown, while also wanting to escape to another life.

Tell us about the process of creating your characters in the book "A Banker for Bethany". Are they inspired by people you know or entirely fictional?

This is one of my romance titles under my given name - Author Kathryn LeBlanc. These characters are purely fictional. My main goal was to create humorous situations in which two people could come together in what is otherwise a very stressful situation (mail-order papa) and enjoy the humor of life -like pretending to be someone you're not and burning the biscuits all the time.

In your book, "Stitching Concerns", how did you approach stitching together clues to keep readers engaged and guessing until the end?

I knew early on that this book was going to have a significant twist. I call this my mid-season finale. There's no cliffhanger. This book wraps up 'most' of the loose ends of the first half of the series, while leaving a few questions and bringing up some new questions for the later half of the series. It also takes a light and humorous approach to what my main character describes as 'the world's worst kidnapping' while still being action packed and suspenseful.

What role do the characters' personalities and flaws play in intricately weaving the plot of your stories?

When I first started writing I didn't want to hurt my main character or have anything bad about her but I quickly realized she was one dimensional and not very exciting. By the fourth book she was in, the dog had peed on her, she fell in the dumpster and had candy stuck in her hair, and also got burned by the oven. It took me a while to discover what her flaw is - getting what she (thinks) she wants and then not being satisfied with it.

I'm still learning the craft of writing, and I believe in each book I get better at the "weaving" part. Though, it can be rough at times for my main character, because now I won't hold anything back (as readers will see in the second half of my quilting cozy mystery series).

Can you share some insights into your writing routine? How do you incorporate your love for quilting into your creative process?

Every morning I write with a small group of other authors for 2 hours via zoom, and then I spend the better part of the rest of the day working on my author business. Marketing, sales, advertising, publishing, etc. I work on and off throughout the course of the day (10-14 hours), and I work 7 days a week. This leaves me less time to quilt, of course, but my friends help me make quilting a priority on the weekends.

Your books include short "mini mysteries." How do you approach crafting a satisfying mystery in a shorter format?

Writing short stories is a great exploration of the craft of writing, which I'm trying to learn. Working on anthologies and short stories allows me the space to figure out how to satisfy the reader on a shorter scale. A writer can't skimp on details because they risk the reader not connecting with the story or characters. And we can't skimp on the mystery, or leave loose threads like in an ongoing series.

Tell us about the importance of humor in your cozy mysteries. How do you ensure it enhances the overall reading experience?

After quilting, lightheartedness and humor are the next most important things in my books. I don't go overboard trying too hard to make people laugh, it's more subtle. If I can cause someone to laugh out loud at least once in each of my books I've done the job I set out to do.

I've also been including some of the humorous antics of my new-to-me dog Bentley, an 8-pound shih tzu terrier mix.

As an author how do you engage with your readers through your newsletter and social media groups like Books For Quilters?

I'm very active in my newsletter, sending at least once per week, I provide everything from promotions to sneak peeks, ARC opportunities to weekly free paperback giftaways, as well as all things quilting and writing. Much of this is also found on my social media author pages as well.

Books for quilters is simply a place to bring any/all quilting fiction to readers interested in the craft.

Can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming releases or projects you're currently working on?

Right now I'm currently in the editing phase of a new multiple author project (multiple authors releasing books independently, but in a shared world) titled Fine Points are Sketchy. This is book one of a new series which brings all of my quilter heroines from the various books together in a club called the Catch A Killer Club. Future books include Details are Sketchy and Facts are Sketchy. All of my books and series are interconnected in many ways.

Here are a couple sneak peek one-liners:
Liv huffed and wet the thread on her tongue. “What’s that old saying? If you can’t thread the needle, needle the thread.”
“You had me at quilting,” Liv said through a chuckle.
I'm also working on a new 10 book series, which launched on Kickstarter in September, with the first book titled: Raining Quilts and Dogs, based in a fictional town on the coast of Maine called Heatherton. This will largely be a quilting community rife with murder, mayhem, and lots of mysteries. Other titles include idioms like: Quilty By Association, Quiltload of Trouble, and When Quilts Fly

How has your experience of being associated with AllAuthor been?

I've had only positive experiences being associated with AllAuthor. I spend a significant amount of time on the AllAuthor website, I'm on it daily—participating in and monitoring my cover in the contests and utilizing the included benefits such as auto tweeting and gif generators. The value I receive from the membership is extremely beneficial!

Kathryn Mykel All time Favourite Books

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Sewing Suspicion: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 1)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Nov 04, 2021Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Kathryn Mykel Kathryn Mykel 2 years ago
Sewing Suspicion - A Quilting Cozy Mystery is a great first book for a new author merging into this popular genre.
Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)
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Quilting Calamity (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 2)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Jan 04, 2022Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Kathryn Mykel Kathryn Mykel 2 years ago
Can't wait for book two of the quilting cozy mysteries series, Quilting Calamity. Can't wait to see what happens to the Spruce Street gang of characters as they embark on a cruise together.
Threading Trouble: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 4)
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Threading Trouble: A Quilting Cozy Mystery (Quilting Cozy Mysteries Book 4)by Kathryn MykelPublish: Apr 06, 2023Series: Quilting Cozy MysteriesMystery
Kathryn Mykel Kathryn Mykel 1 year ago
This book was so much fun. I love the change of scenery as Alex and Charlotte adventure away from Spruce Street to a new location!

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