by Lorie Lewis Ham
After a long break, we are finally back to our series featuring mystery podcasts! This week we are interviewing host and mystery author Leah Bailey about Cozy Ink Podcast.
KRL: Name of your podcast and how did you come up with it?
Leah: Cozy Ink Podcast. I knew I wanted to include Cozy in the name. I thought Cozy Ink was a fun play on writing cozy mysteries.
KRL: What is your connection to the mystery world?
Leah: My connection to the mystery world is as a writer and as a podcast host. I’ve always loved mysteries. I even did my graduate thesis on Nancy Drew! I have written short stories, and one of my stories is scheduled to be included in the Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical Anthology. I also have a completed a cozy mystery manuscript I’m very excited about!
KRL: Why did you decide to make a podcast?
Leah: I love to talk! I also love to make connections with people and help people to achieve their dreams and goals. It made sense to me to interview authors and give them a platform on which to share their stories. I have also recorded a short story for the podcast, and I look forward to doing more of those in the future.
KRL: Why a mystery podcast and how did you decide what content you would have in it?
Leah: Because I love mysteries and I write them myself, so it was never a question for me to base my podcast on mysteries. I’m a big dreamer. By the time I decided to launch a podcast, it had been floating around in my mind for quite a while. I already knew what I wanted to include. Initially, I decided to focus on author interviews because I did want to connect with both readers and writers. I always do a reader-focused interview and a writer-focused interview.
The writer-focused interviews are typically released together in a type of mini-conference. I have quite a stockpile of the writer-focused interviews built up, so I’m looking forward to offering another virtual mini-conference soon. I love to share my own writing as well, so I knew I wanted to include some fun short stories of my own along the way.
KRL: Are there certain types of mysteries you prefer?
Leah: I love cozy mysteries, and mysteries that have a really good puzzle to them. I’ve always been a huge fan of Agatha Christie.
KRL: You have interesting interviews, so how do you decide who you will talk to?
Leah: I have an application process. When I’m going through applications, I’m looking for books with themes and settings I think will appeal to my listeners. I like to include seasonal books when possible. I also look at ratings, cover, editing, etc.
KRL: You mentioned doing short stories on your podcast, can you tell us more about that?
Leah: I have written and recorded a short story with audience participation. I released a section each week with a choice for the protagonist at the end of the segment. I would write and record the next section of the story based on the results of the audience poll. It was a lot of fun and I had a great response, but I’m going to try something a little different with my next short story for the podcast.
KRL: How long have you had a podcast and what do you like best about producing it?
Leah: I started in the spring of 2020 so just over a year now. Meeting so many amazing authors! Also, I love hearing from my listeners.
KRL: What has been the hardest?
Leah: The hardest is turning an author down. It’s usually because of scheduling (I’m very booked out right now). Sometimes it’s because the book looks great but isn’t a fit for my listeners. Whatever the reason, I hate not being able to include every author on the show.
KRL: How did you decide what platform you would use as a host for your podcast?
Leah: I did a lot of research. I had heard great things about Buzzsprout. They distribute to numerous platforms, so I decided to go with them.
KRL: Future goals?
Leah: I’d love to include even more short stories on the show. I’ve also grown to the point that I’m considering advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
KRL: What makes your podcast different?
Leah: Just as with writing, I think every podcast host comes with a unique perspective and voice. To me, voice consists of approach, style, atmosphere, etc. So I would say my “voice” sets me apart. I also tend to do shorter segments of interviews between 15-20 minutes, and I edit all the episodes. Finally, the short stories I feature on my show are of my own creation so they’re very specific to my podcast.
KRL: Any extra special episodes coming up?
Leah: Besides the amazing authors I will be featuring every Tuesday? In addition to my author interviews, I will be releasing a new series of episodes featuring a new short story soon. I also hope to have a mini conference this summer.
KRL: Where can we find your podcast?
Leah: It’s on several different platforms, but you can find all the links at www.cozyinkpodcast.com.
KRL: Do you have a newsletter for your podcast? If so, what goes in the newsletter and how often does it go out?
Leah: I send out my newsletter weekly. It’s very short, but it links to the guest that week as well as the upcoming guest. It also includes a section about what’s been going on in my life, and I love to include cozy mystery deals. If anyone would like to include an upcoming cozy mystery deal, let me know by filling out the form on my website at cozyinkpodcast.com/advertise. At the moment, I’m including upcoming cozy mystery deals for free in my newsletter.
KRL: Anything else you would like to add?
Leah: Here is a promo snippet (40 seconds)!
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