Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's a Mystery to Me

On June 10, we met Lulu Taylor, who runs Aunt Pat’s barbecue restaurant in Memphis. Lulu commented that she wasn't officially alive yet, and that her birthday would be July 6, when DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS comes out. That's also the day that Charlotte Bessette, who runs Fromagerie Bessette, will first appear in THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE. And our friend Charlotte Adams will return in CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL. I'm very excited to read all three books.

However, if you ask me, these people have been officially alive for, well, all of their lives. I'm Willow Vanderling, and the first book about me won't be out for almost a year, but as far as I'm concerned, I am alive. Very.

There is a problem, however. Janet Bolin has taken it upon herself to write this book, but--get this--she knows my future and won't tell me what it is!

She can't be writing a thriller about me, or she would be writing about last year, beginning with the day my best friend, Haylee, blew the whistle on our boss, Jasper Quinlan, for channeling money from client accounts to his own. Things got pretty scary, but he's now in custody. Haylee's flying to New York from her new home in Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania, and we'll both testify at his trial. Against Haylee's better judgment, I still work at Quinlan Financial Management.

Hmmm. Janet's writing about my future life... I hope she's not writing a thriller.

What else could it be? Embroidery? Both of us love to load embroidery software onto our computers, then create designs that our embroidery machines stitch in gorgeous threads. I sell my designs on the Internet, but Janet has to give hers away. So if anyone is writing a book about embroidery, it should be me.

What else could she be writing about my future? Oh! Dare I hope… Romance? If so, I wish she'd warn me when to expect this man. I mean, if I'm going to meet the man of my dreams (I can dream, right?) wouldn't it be nice to know which day I should curl my hair, put on my prettiest embroidered outfit, and be on my best behavior? (Is he tall?)

But she won't tell me. She won't even say if it will be good or bad. It's a mystery.

The name the authors chose for this blog (before we hijacked it) does kind of worry me...

Whatever, I hope that my life will be cozier than what I've been through and am about to go through here in Manhattan.

Jasper's trial starts tomorrow.

Note from Janet: Don't tell Willow, but if you want a glimpse into her future, go to Threadville Mysteries.


  1. Hi Willow,

    It's nice to meet you.I look forward to hearing about the mysteries that will surround you next year. I've tried embroidery by hand and I used it to embellish my quilts.

  2. Hi, Dru!
    I love receiving handmade gifts (hint, hint.)

  3. Hi Willow,

    What a beautiful name you have. I tried cross-stitching ages ago, but I've never tried embroidery. I just don't think I have the patience... but I do love how it looks. My boss, Bennett, the owner of Marshfield, has all sorts of gorgeous antique tapestries and hand-embroidered objects all over the mansion and I can't help but think about the people who created them so many years ago. I can't wait to read about what you're up to.

    PS - I have the same complaint about my author and romance. Can't she cut me some slack? I sure could use a little help.

  4. Grace, I saw many of those tapestries and linens while I was snooping...I mean touring...I mean searching for you at Marshfield Manor. I'll come back when you're there for a real tour. And to grouse about these authors.

  5. Hi Willow, it's nice to meet you.
    You are no different than us humans.
    We don't really know what the future will bring.
    I look forward to reading your stories.

  6. Willow, it's so nice to meet you. I actually know Janet (in person) and she's rather lovely and she'll do right by you, promise. But tell you what's in store? I don't think so. She likes to surprise people!


    PS. Charlotte says hello. She's very excited about July 6. I'll bet Lulu is, too! And you. A year away, but time flies. Remember, time flies!

  7. Amen, sister! What is this "killer characters" business? I've never killed anyone, thank you very much.

    Well, best of luck Miss Willow. I sure hope you don't have to dodge any bullets or go on the lam next year. Fingers crossed.

  8. Annette and Avery, yes, I guess you're right. But it seems to me that if someone knows what's going to happen, they'd tell? At least the good parts? Maybe there aren't any good parts. Hi to Charlotte!

  9. Hi, Tally. I would never kill anyone, either. I'm sure my future can't be all bad. For one thing, I'm certain that a hot fudge sundae is in my immediate future. Thanks for reminding me, Tally. I like your name, BTW.

  10. Hi Willow,

    Nice to meet you. Believe me a year will fly by.

    Really? Your biographer is in control of your story? Shh. I sure hope Denise doesn't find out about that. I tell her how things are going to happen in Scumble River.


  11. Hi, Skye. Yes, it's very odd. My biographer is not in control of my story. She claims I told it to her, yet I don't know what's going to happen. But she also says it has nothing to do with time travel. She can't figure it out, either. She also can't figure out how we hijacked this blog. It's all a mystery, isn't it?

  12. Ha! Yes, Tally, Willow really likes your name. Little does she know she's going to adopt my sister and me when we're older, and call me (the boy puppy wagging my tail) Tally!

  13. Hi, Willow,

    Nice to meet you.

    I'm excited about your embroidery designs and can't wait to read more about you and the adventures I'm sure you'll have.

    The year will fly, I promise.


  14. Thanks, Paige. Too bad my day job interferes with my embroidery hobby. I wish I could quit the day job and...no, it's not possible.

    Note from Janet: Hee hee.

  15. Willow, it's so nice to finally meet you. I've been hearing about you from Krista.

    I so sympathize about your love life. These authors are just plain cruel. Do you have an ex-husband? Krista went and moved mine to a house on my block! Like I didn't have enough problems. She did arrange for me to meet Wolf, though, and that's going pretty well, so I'm hopeful about that relationship. Of course, there's that little issue about what happened to his wife . . .

    Oh, honey, all I can say is be careful. Those sneaky authors will introduce us to someone who seems perfect and then they turn out to be bigger problems than that icky Quinlan guy who was your boss.

    Thank goodness we've all met on this blog. Maybe we can give each other advice on men -- and writers!

    ~ Sophie
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

  16. Hello Willow (love the sound of that)

    Charlotte's off with her head stuck in some closet, so I'll just step in. Janet is very funny, smart and level-headed. She'll treat you right. I predict adventures for you and fun for your readers. Enjoy the ride!

    Charlotte Adams mysteries

  17. Sophie, I don't have an ex-husband down the block or anywhere else, but having met yours at Marshfield Manor, I think he's very nice, but not for you, and your mother is wrong about that. Believe it or not, Haylee actually went out once with that icky Quinlan guy. I told her he was married! I hope she learned her lesson.

  18. So-called funny authors, Mary Jane? Horrors! Your Charlotte said something about a foggy night, a graveyard and no cell phone...

  19. Great to meet you, Willow. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Good luck with that trial!

  20. Hi, Willow,

    I can't wait to find out what happens with Jasper's trial. And you're testifying? Eep!


  21. Thanks, Heather and Jenn. Yes, I'm supposed to testify, but who knows? I'm very nervous, but Haylee and I are on the side of the law, and right, and all that. Justice should prevail...I hope.

  22. I'll tell Lulu that she should reconsider her status, Willow! It's great to meet you. Best of luck with the trial. :)

  23. Riley, Lulu is probably thinking that you're the one who should reconsider her status. Of course she's alive! Where would you authors be without us?

  24. Willow, it's so nice to meet you. :)

    I've met Janet and she's a smart and savvy lady. I suspect that you are about to have the time of your life and I can't wait to read about it. Hold onto your embroidery floss because here we go!

  25. Jen, it's great to see you here. Janet told me about you and the manuscript you're writing. I can't wait to read it!

  26. I can't wait to read your book!