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.