Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas, Sisters and Buttermilk Fudge

There is something I need to explain about my short story for A Cup of Cozy, which I entitled The Christmas Candy Mystery. The story is about three sisters playing detective in effort to find out how to make their mother’s Buttermilk Fudge three days before Christmas. (Recipe included).
Now I think it’s a fun story, and just to be clear I do have two older sisters. I also have an older brother and a younger sister, but they’re not in this story.  The reason I used my two older sisters is because we are very close in age, so when we were younger we tended to do everything together. As far as everyone else concerned, we didn’t have first names, we were The Ragsdale Girls.
However, in spite of any similarities this story is totally fiction.
Sort of.
I do want to be clear there is no hidden agenda to get back at them. All in all they were pretty nice to me when we were growing up. I needed a story for A Cup of Cozy. Three sisters fit the bill as funny sleuths. My sisters were in good mood when I asked them if it would be okay to base characters on them. So you see it’s really their fault.
Still, I should explain a small detail.
Writers tend to exaggerate a little. Okay a lot.
To protect my sisters’ identities (and my life and limb), I’ll use the names I made up for them in the story.
Ellie is not that bossy. Not that she’ll admit to.
Missy is not that intimidating. She made me say that (not really).
Finally, Lucy (aka me) is really not that creative or zany. Okay not that zany anyway.
Also, I was not always getting us into trouble. We all took our turns at it.
And yes, I’m exaggerating again. What I can say? It’s a sickness.
However, some of it is true. Like when we sit together. Ellie was always to the left of me. Missy was to the right. I was always in the middle. In the back seat of the car, when we sat on the couch, were on the floor, kitchen table, at a restaurant. That was the order. The funny thing is that we still do that, and not on purpose. I have pictures.
You just don’t unlearn some things. I guess.
Anyway, they were really good sports and I love them both a lot.
Enjoy the book.

Mystery writer C.L. Ragsdale is the author of The Reboot Files a Christian Cozy Mystery Series, and a superhero story called Chasing Lady Midnight. A California native, she loves to "surf" the web to research plot details for her fun, quirky stories. She has a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced her writing style. Working in various fields as a secretary has allowed her to both master her writing skills and acquire valuable technical knowledge which she uses liberally in her plots. Although that is where she got her idea for The Secretary, she is not an evil mastermind. Although some of her former employers might disagree. These days she contents herself with knitting while contemplating her next diabolical plot. Story plot that is.

Current E-Books
THE REBOOT FILES:  The Mystery of Hurtleberry House, The Island of Living Trees, The Harbinger of Retribution, and The Wrong Ghost.


  1. Why do I always love your posts, Cindy? Guess you have a style I like:)

  2. Thank you both. I always enjoy your posts too.

  3. I love when you share about your sisters! Makes me wish I had sisters, and makes me glad I have two girls. :)