“Only Fools Fall in Love!” Do you remember that song? It was popular in the 1950s and sung by Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers.
I like that song, but with a tweak to the lyrics: “Only fools get married on April 1.” Like my Personal Beloved (and long-suffering) husband, Joe, and I. That’s right, we’re celebrating our wedding anniversary today. And as a special gift to each other after more than forty years of wedded bliss (ha!), we have promised to love, honor, and be more tolerant of each other’s foibles for the next 365 days. Or, at least, try.
Remember those endearing qualities that drew you to your own Personal Beloved in the first place? He was independent (which now translates to: “I’ll take out the garbage when I’m in the mood, not when you ask me,”), witty (“So I said that you look like a dead woman walking when you’re not wearing makeup. No big deal.”), kind (“Helping that cute widow across the street plant her flowers was just my way of being neighborly.”), and a very sharp dresser (“Don’t you dare throw out that sweatshirt. I don’t care if it has holes and paint stains. It’s mine!).
Ah, the many phases of true love. Which does not always run smooth.
I’m frequently asked at book talks, “Why do you write a Baby Boomer mystery series?” My answer is, “Why not?” There are 78.2 million Baby Boomers in the United States, according to the latest census figures. And many “senior” Boomers, myself included, are starting to hit the magic age of 65. There’s so much written about the financial piece of growing older – taking care of your IRAs, 401Ks, etc. – but nobody seemed to be taking a look at the emotional piece. By that I mean, how do couples who have been married for years, raised a family, and been leading fairly independent lives, now cope with the fact that the husband and the wife are no longer going out to a 9 – 5 job every day? Instead, they often get into each other’s way as they struggle to re-define their roles. Of course, nothing like that ever happens in my house! (smile.)
I’ve always loved the mystery genre. I was hooked on Nancy Drew books when I was a child, then I graduated to Agatha Christie, and I’ve just keep on going. I love what is traditionally called the cozy – no blood and gore for me. I like to be entertained. And, especially, I like to laugh!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, and that was a real wakeup call for me. I’ve been a freelance writer, editor and drama critic for years. I’ve also had my own p. r. company and done special events for a variety of clients, including Carnegie Hall. Writing press releases, articles, brochures – I did it all. But I’d always wanted to write a mystery. After the cancer diagnosis (I’m fine now!) I thought, why wait? Who knows what other curve balls life might have in store for me?
The series deals with typical Boomers Carol and Jim Andrews as they navigate the rocky way toward their golden years. In the first book, Retirement Can Be Murder, released in April 2009, Carol dreads Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it, except interfering in the day-to-day activities and driving her crazy. Until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach. The second one in the series, Moving Can Be Murder, was released May 1 2011. This one deals with Carol and Jim selling the family home and downsizing, with one dead body thrown in to keep things interesting. Book 3 in the series, Marriage Can Be Murder, includes a destination wedding on Nantucket, and was released in July 2012. Book 4, Class Reunions Can Be Murder, will be out later this year. There at least 9 books planned for the series.
My books are written in the first person, so many people think I’m Carol. I’ve even been introduced at book talks as Carol! We’re both sarcastic and like to be in charge. We value our family and our close women friends. Oh, one more thing – we both love English cocker spaniels. There are two English cockers in the books, Lucy and Ethel. Our newest English cocker, Boomer (get it?), is the cover model for the books.
The subhead for each book title is, “Every wife has a story.” The more women I connect with, either at book talks or via the Internet, the more I realize how true that is!
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