I'm eagerly counting down the days (there are 47 of them) until the release of "Secret Sisters," my fifth published novel and the first in a new series. These books have brought me a lot of joy to write, taken me into a whole new realm of comedy, and added some sparkle to my days. I've really had the most fun ever writing them.
As I've sent the manuscript out for reviews and told people the premise of the story, most have chuckled and said it sounds hysterical. Well, it is - an elderly Relief Society presidency who turns to espionage in order to see to the well-being of one of the families in their care, and they end up solving a real crime - that's downright funny. Their adventures along the way, their back-and-forth dialogue, their unique personalities - it's a great deal of fun.
But here and there, I've gotten, "You know, what they're doing just might be illegal. Are you sure you want them to do that?"
Yes, yes, I do want them to do that. It's sort of the point.
What I'm really hoping people get from this story is that it's a comedy. It's a spoof. It's farcical. I've heard people say that their visiting teachers are going a little too far and getting a little too nosy ... that's exactly what inspired me. What if your visiting teachers really did go too far? What if they started spying on you? That thought snowballed into what became this series, and it's a lot of fun to consider the adventures that well-meaning, and yet misguided, ladies can find themselves having when they are convinced that they are giving service.
I'm a little concerned that my reviews are going to come back with, "It was a fun story, but the author clearly didn't understand the law." Yes, I do understand the law. I totally get that spying on people is against said law. That's what makes the book funny. Elderly women + breaking the law on purpose = funny. At least, it does when I do the math.
So, there you have it - my little moment of insecurity to cast a small shadow on what promises to be a hugely fun book release. Will they get it? I don't know. But you, my dear blog readers, you'll tell them, right?