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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Guest Blogger: Mary Jane Maffini
A perilous partnership?
My new writing partner has a lot to offer.
Good thing, because if she didn’t, there wouldn’t be much I could do about it
and vice versa. She’s not just my partner; she’s my daughter.We can hardly fire each other. Luckily we
don’t need to because we are very happy with the way our collaboration on The
Christie Curse: a book collector mystery turned out.We are writing as Victoria Abbott and The
Christie Curse will be out on March 5th.
Victoria is taller and funnier than I
am.As an artist and photographer, she
views the world differently. Things are always popping in her mind. She is a
mistress of rapid-fire ideas.And she
wouldn’t get upset about, say, commas. No, they would be my burden.
In a million years, I couldn’t have come up
with the larcenous Irish uncles who raised Jordan Bingham and bought her a set
of lock-picks for her Sweet Sixteen.
With thirteen books and two dozen short
stories published (as me, myself and I: Mary Jane Maffini), I knew how to write
a book and a short story, but I didn’t know how this new venture would go.But so what? Life is boring if you never take
a chance. Victoria and I stepped off that cliff full of confidence. If you ask
me how we got it done, I’m not sure. But
so far we’re getting very good reaction to our new baby!Can we do it again? Let’s hope so. We’re polishing The Sayers Swindle, the second book collector mystery (December
2013) and beginning The Wolfe Widow,
number three in the series (2014).We’re
still speaking and enjoying each other’s company.
So how about you?Could you or have you had a collaboration
with a family member? And …?
About The Christie Curse:
What’s a girl to do? Especially when she
has to make a living and raise the money for grad school.It’s not Jordan Bingham’s fault that most of
the members of her large family are known to the police and that her
duplicitous ex maxed out her cards before vanishing to parts unknown. She’s a
solid citizen and she plans to make a go of it. If this means working for the
most hated woman in Harrison Falls, New York, so be it.After all, the reclusive collector, Vera Van
Alst, is all about books and that’s a good thing. Jordan can use the money and
loves the Victorian garret that comes with the job in the historic Van Alst
House, especially as it means getting out from under her uncles’ watchful and
larcenous eyes.Jordan might even get
used to the cat.Maybe.
All to say, what could go wrong?Jordan’s about to find out in The Christie
Curse, first in the book collector’s series.
Don’t worry at all about the blushing
police officer, Tyler Dekker, or that seductive and sexy librarian Lance
DeWitt. Worry about what happened to Jordan’s predecessor, currently six feet
Oh and a word to the wise reader: as you’re
tiptoeing through The Christie Curse, watch your ankles.