I have to say, I’m truly enjoying the new format of the Murder She Writes blog. It’s easy to use (Yep, we’ll all soon get the hang of the photo rotator box, ha ha!), and easy to read.
After reading their posts, I want to find out more about about the women who share this blog, Each has such unique writing voices, and they seem to lead such interesting lives.
And they are all funny as hell.
Not to mention sweet, loving, and filled with positive energy.
Turns out there is more to these wonderful women than you’ll find a 500-word blog post. If their personal websites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages are any indication, we’d throw one helluva party, should we ever find ourselves all together in the same room.
That’s only a matter of time (right, girls?)
Let me give you some examples:
Deborah Coonts: “My mother tells me I was born in Texas a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted.”
I’m guessing I could follow Deborah around with a tape recorder and hear gem an hour. She’s from Las Vegas, and since Vegas is the town that never sleeps, that would be one incredible 24-hour period. Something tells me I’d find myself in a gal pal version of The Hangover. (Am I right, Deborah?)
Laura Griffin: “I spent the better part of my college years in the basement of the Vanderbilt Student Center, where I helped write and edit the campus paper. It was called The Hustler, and if you ever want to raise a few eyebrows, just try showing up for a job interview with that at the top of your resume.”
I laughed so hard at this! I love the fact that Laura started off as a journalist, because that was a path I took, too, to get where I am.
BJ Daniels: “I was 8-years-old when I decided I was going to be a writer. I’d never met a writer, didn’t have a clue how to become one. It took me years to find the courage to actually admit to anyone that my dream was to write,”
Thanks for this, BJ. You’ve just inspired so many other writers to follow their dreams, too. And again, it’s great to meet another (former) journalist.
Kendra Elliot: “How is it possible to hate my WIP for seven days, thinking it’s the worst pile of poo I’ve ever written, but then brainstorm and start implementing changes to only discover I love it????”
Gotta love a girl who can diss her own WIP. In fact, this post started because Kendra commented on an aricle I linked to, on Facebook, about a new dental procedure. (And yes, Kendra, it has marked you as a dentistry nerd!)
Karin Tabke: “Two things happened recently that prompted this blog topic. The first was a candid dinner table conversation last week between my eldest son who is 26 and his gf who is the same age. The conversation originated because they’re both supremely jealous. My son has a colorful love life history, and his gf has some issues with them constantly bumping into one of his ex’s. I get it but like I told her, you can’t change his past, move forward. Well, apparently my son has the same problem when it comes to her past, so, in that respect they feed off each other’s insecurities. It’s the only issue they have but a big one, so color me shocked when my son said, “I’d give Bri a pass on David Beckham.”
I choked on my food and his gf about fell off her chair. “What?” we both shrieked. “Are you serious?”
My son nodded and said, “Only Beckham.” He looks pointedly at his gf and said, “And only one time.”
Truth be told, K-Tab’s life is one big “I Love Lucy” episode. Does that mean she’s always getting into hot water? Heck yeah. Does that mean her hubby hollers, like Ricky Ricardo? You betcha. Should her family be a sitcom? Five minutes with them around the dinner table, and you’ll wonder where the cameras are hidden. Does that mean she’s always got a sidekick to crack asides with? Trust me, she’s got them lining up around the block.
Because everyone loves Karin.
Stephanie Bond: “I grew up running around the farm, gardening, sewing, quilting, painting and, of course–reading! Reading everything I could get my hands on, from Progressive Farmer to the local newspaper. The library in my grade school was tiny, so I exhausted it fairly quickly. At the time, my hometown didn’t have a public library, so the highlight of my year was when my aunt visited from Ohio and brought with her bags full of paperback novels–most of them Harlequin Romances and romantic suspense novels by Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. I was in heaven!”
When it comes to Stephanie, I have not met a more generous person in our profession. She works tirelessly, but leads a full life, filled with loving family and dear friends. And yet, she has always been there for others in our field, to answer their questions candidly. She doesn’t hold back. She does not fear others’ successes. She celebrates them. She truly believes in an author culture.
Not only that, she makes the best biscuits I’ve ever eaten.
Allison Brennan: “Growing up in the 70s and 80s, there was no real “young adult” genre. Lots of great kids books, but few for older kids. Once I finished all the Judy Blume and Paula Danziger books, once I made my way through Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and — yes — even Agatha Christie when I was only 11 — I had little left to read. The books were either too young for me or too old. I started reading many of my mom’s books (some much, much too old for me!) but by the time I was 13, I discovered Stephen King (THE STAND) and never went back to kids books.”
Most authors are shy. It’s like pulling teeth to get them to reveal their true selves. One of the many things I’ve come to appreciate about Allison is that everything she writes — be it a book, or a Murder She Writes blog post — comes straight from her heart. She lets us feel her pain, her joy, her depth. I thank her for founding this blog, and for inviting me, and some of the newer among us, for joining her on this journey.
Every author will tell you that you’ll find a little of them in their heroines. Except for the fact that I’m afraid of water, fire and heights, I am the splitting image of my housewife assassin, Donna Stone. And yes, the latest in her series, The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide, launches later this week. so be on the lookout.
Photo: Josie, Karin, and Allison, back in the day.
(Yes, it was a bad hair year, for me, anyway!)
Brenda Novak is with us, too.