Jessie: In New Hampshire where a recent storm has downed trees and ended the foliage season abruptly!
Today is the launch day for my seventh published novel. Seven. Seven whole novels! As I type this I am hugging myself with delight. How is life such a wonderment?
Not only is it the launch of a novel but it is the debut is a whole new series. I cannot tell you how much pleasure this new imaginary world has brought me! Murder in an English Village simply poured out of me with a flow I had never before experienced. It was magical. It was almost entirely fun.
I am utterly in love with Beryl and Edwina, the dual protagonists of this series. They represent the things I love, the things I am and the things I most long to be. They live in a time and a place I have so often imagined through deep dives into the magic of the Golden Age of Detection and the beguiling works of E.F. Benson and P.G. Wodehouse.
But it is more than that. It isn’t just the era and all its alluring accoutrements like soda siphons and Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts. It is the characters themselves with whom I am totally smitten. They feel so much like two sides of the same coin to me and I have loved tipping and tossing them this way and that. I love the way they play off each other and highlight the strengths or weaknesses of the other. I love how they each have expertise and preference. I love discovering what those things are.
Cards on the table, I really want to be Beryl when I grow up. Well, minus the string of ex-husbands. After all, I told my husband, before we married, that the only man I would ever consider leaving him for was Hercule Poirot. Beryl has no such compunctions which, not surprisingly, baffles spinster Edwina. I admire Edwina’s deep connection to place and understand her love of her gardens and her feeling of responsiblilty for the small creatures that live there like wild birds and families of rabbits.
I adore writing about gnarled jobbing gardener Simpkins and gossipy postmistress Prudence Rathbone. I wish I owned Beryl’s motorcar or Edwina’s hat collection. I would love to shop the High Street of imaginary Walmsley Parva with my wicker basket draped over my arm and Crumpet the dog capering along at my side snuffling at the hedgerows and generally making merry. I wish I could stop right this minute for a cuppa and a scone at Minnie Mumford’s Silver Spoon Tearoom.
And although it is all in my mind, I still cannot quite believe I get to spend my time with such delightful imaginary friends. I am even more astonished that others are able to visit with them too through the wizardry of books. I can only hope you enjoy it all as much as I do!
Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Murder in an English Village! I’d love to hear about your favorite characters from books, your favorite historical era or your favorite part of your own job.
This is all very exciting!
Congrats. For favorite era … I’m quite fond of the 1970s for various reasons.
This sounds really good–my favorite era is probably 1920-1980–wide spread there. I like picturing my grandmother and mother during those times.
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Hi, this sounds so interesting and is definitely on my TBR. Hard to pick an era, love the attention to detail and hard work an author pays to any time period. Just finished book 1 in your Change of Fortune series, loved it. Love the Old Orchard setting
I love the Tudor era, because the clothing and architecture were so great! And Holbein!
As a librarian, I can honestly say I love all aspects of my job. As the moderator of our library’s International Mystery book group, I especially love books like these!
I love being retired & volunteering at our local museum & movie theater.
I am looking forward to reading this book.
My favorite era to read about is between 1890 to the beginning of the 1930s.
My favorite era to read about is the Roaring Twenties. I think women were coming into their own during this period.
Looking forward to reading this one.
I am almost done reading it and am thoroughly enjoying it. Please tell me you are working on another book with these 2 ladies. Congratulations
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