Monday, June 20, 2011

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRIVE?


This week we’re discussing what our protagonist’s clothes/car/gadgets reveal about him or her. Well, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, Anastasia Pollack, the reluctant amateur sleuth of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, has run into a dire financial pickle, thanks to her Dead Louse of a Spouse. So although Anastasia used to live the American Dream, she’s now fighting off bill collectors.

Anastasia's car isn't quite as bad as this one, but it's on its way to looking like this
One of the first things Anastasia did to cut down on expenses was trade in her comfortable silver Camry with its multitude of amenities for a stripped-down eight year old mud brown Hyundai. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first book in the series, takes place in the winter. By the third book, which I’m currently writing, it’s July, and Anastasia discovers the rust bucket’s air-conditioning has three settings -- hot, hotter, and hottest. Did I mention the story takes place during the worst heat wave ever to hit New Jersey?

As far as a wardrobe, although Anastasia’s mother is constantly after her to go on mother/daughter shopping outings, Anastasia will be wearing whatever is in her closet for years to come. Given she’s never been much of a clothes horse, some of that wardrobe has been around since her college days. Did I mention she’s forty-two years old? Hey, she’s a working mom! She didn’t have much time to shop, even when she had money. Luckily, as a crafts editor, she isn’t expected to come to work wearing Donna Karan suits and Christian Louboutin stilettos.

Gadgets? Now that’s another story. Anastasia has lots of gadgets, just not the James Bond variety. She has to make due with the types of gadgets you find at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and A.C. Moore. But don’t be fooled. Anastasia wields a mean X-acto knife. And then there’s that deadly glue gun…

Lois Winston is hard at work, finishing up the third book in her Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series. The first book, Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun, was a January 2011 release and received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Death by Killer Mop Doll will be a January 2012 release. Visit Lois at
http://www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.

3 comments:

Patricia said...

I love the titles of your books and just haven't gone to amazon and bought one yet. I've got a stack a mile high and since I've joined several online groups, you authors are so amazing, I just want to read, read, read. The picture of that rusted car is priceless! And no air conditioning in the summer? AACK! Luckily we don't have hot summers here in Alameda, but when the days DO get boiling, my SUV doesn't have it right now either!
Patti

Patricia said...

I love the titles of your books and just haven't gone to amazon and bought one yet. I've got a stack a mile high and since I've joined several online groups, you authors are so amazing, I just want to read, read, read. The picture of that rusted car is priceless! And no air conditioning in the summer? AACK! Luckily we don't have hot summers here in Alameda, but when the days DO get boiling, my SUV doesn't have it right now either!
Patti

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, Patricia. I hope you do get around to buying and reading my books eventually. :-D

NJ summers are becoming brutal. We rarely used to have triple digit temperatures. Last year we had several weeks of them, once going up to 106. This year it went above 100 two weeks before the end of spring!