I recently attended a family reunion for my husband’s maternal side of the family. Most of the attendees had multiple, higher-education degrees from Ivy League colleges. Some were classical and jazz musicians. One was a composer. Another, an award-winning movie and TV producer and writer with a gazillion credits to his name, including Emmys and a Peabody award.
I had never previously met many of the attendees because my husband’s aunt, who had organized the shindig, had also invited people from her ex-husband’s side of the family. So there were lots of introductions being made at the onset of the banquet.
I’ve found there’s a segment of the population that is always more interested in telling you about themselves than asking anything about you. Many of these people fell into that category. After I politely listened to much bragging (covering up my boredom with a fake smile pasted across my face and the occasional nod of interest,) someone finally turned to me and asked, “And what do you do?”
With a completely serious expression I said, “I kill people for a living.”
Jaws dropped. Sideways glances were exchanged. Dialogue thought bubbles popped up above people’s head, reading, “Is she kidding?”
Eventually, I explained that I wrote a mysteries. Now these are Jonathan Franzen-type people, the kind who only read literary fiction. But to the credit of a few, I was asked about my books and even had a couple of people pull out their smart phones and jot down a title or two. Would they eventually buy one of my books, or were they simply being polite? I’ll probably never know because chances are slim I’ll ever see these people again.
However, you never know. Maybe…just maybe…that award-winning TV and movie producer/writer just might want to pick up the option on one of my series. Hope springs eternal…
Award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” Definitely Dead, the first book in her new Empty Nest Mystery series, was recently released.
In addition, Lois is a literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth.
Book One in the Empty Nest Mystery series
An homage to Dashell Hammet’s Thin Man movies with a modern day spin on Nick and Nora Charles
When her career is outsourced to Asia, fledgling romance author and empty-nester Gracie Elliott wants a job that will allow her time to write. So she opens Relatively Speaking, becoming a wing woman to the senior set. Since her clients need several hours each morning to find their teeth, lube their creaky joints, and deal with lower GI necessities, and they always turn in after the early bird specials, she has plenty of time to pen her future bestsellers.
Gracie deliberately avoids mentioning her new business venture to husband Blake until after she signs her first client. Blake joins the company as a not-so-silent partner, tagging along to make sure Gracie doesn’t cause a septuagenarian uprising. When Client #13 is found murdered in the parking lot behind the Moose Lodge, Gracie knows, no matter how much Blake protests otherwise, she can’t wait around for the police to find the killer if she wants to save her livelihood.