I’m thrilled to announce several exciting projects:

  • The Southern Fried mysteries have been re-released by the UK’s Joffe Books, named Trade Publisher of the Year. Now the Blue Ridge Mountain Mysteries, they have new names and new covers. Check out the new look!

  • My popular workshop CREATE!: Developing Your Creative Process is NOW AVAILABLE in book form from the ICSC [International Center for Studies in Creativity Press at SUNY Buffalo State].

  • The new True Crime Stories of the South is available exclusively at Books-A-Million stores.

  • I have three interesting cases in Mitzi Szereto’s series The Best New True Crime Stories:

  • Click here to read my most recent interview with the good folks at People of Charlotte! (www.peopleofclt.com)

  • I was recently a featured guest on the Charlotte Reader's Podcast, click here to listen as we discuss the ghostly haunts of Charleston, South Carolina as well as a few stories of sensational crimes committed over the years in Charlotte.

  • In some out-of-the-box projects, I’ve been teaching and coaching at the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts as well as teaching former inmates how to start their own businesses, and working with women in recovery on telling their own stories.

To get updates, send me a message and I'll be in touch!


Cathy Pickens, an attorney and former college professor, is the author of the Blue Ridge Mountain Cozy Mysteries mysteries (Joffe Books), formerly Southern Fried Mysteries (St. Martin's/Minotaur). A lifelong native of the Carolinas, she's always been fascinated by stories of crime told with a wry twist.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Cozy Mysteries (formerly Southern Fried Mysteries)
True Crime