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    Saturday, February 27, 2010

WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SCRAPBOOKING COULD FILL A BOOK

dummies.jpgThe next Lomax & Biggs mystery is called CUT, PASTE, KILL. It’s all about a serial killer who is also an accomplished scrapbooker. Along with the scissors sticking from each victim’s body is a meticulous scrapbook documenting the killer’s motive.

When I sat down to write the book I realized I was at a huge disadvantage. While I had a lot of experience killing people, I knew nothing about scrapbooking.

I did a lot of research online, I hung around the scrapbooking department at Michael’s, and then one day I was in the Wal-Mart parking lot and I see a minivan with a bumper sticker that said: “Want to learn about scrapbooking? Call Lori.”

Next day I called her. A man answered. It was Lori’s son, Jim. When I explained what I wanted, he said he’d be glad to let me talk to Lori, but he’d have to translate.

I asked what language she spoke. “She can’t speak,” he said. “She signs. She’s deaf.”

We decided to meet in person. Me, Lori, her husband (also deaf), Jim, and his wife. We met at Barnes and Noble, where Lori showed me her scrapbooks, and over the course of a few hours did exactly what her bumper sticker said she could do. She taught me about scrapbooking.

Lori was so fascinating and so helpful that I was inspired to ask if I could write a deaf scrapbooker into the book. Her hands flew fast and furious and the smile on her face needed no translation.

CUT, PASTE, KILL will be available June 8. It’s available for pre-order now at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble or your local independent bookseller.

I put in a lot of time trying to give it the ring of truth, and I’d appreciate your feedback on how authentic it feels to you. Especially if you’re a scrapbooker or a serial killer.

Marshall posted on February 27, 2010 8:39 PM
Comments

Little did she know that her bumper sticker would snag an author! What a very fun experience, completely out of the blue, that must have been for her. And you got to learn enough for your killer to come across as legit, so it was a solid win-win. :-)

Elizabeth posted on February 28, 2010 9:34 AM

What a great story! I'm so excited for the new book!

Suzy Voices posted on February 28, 2010 10:54 AM

It sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. You must learn to write books faster.

Ellen Kaiser Dobrin posted on February 28, 2010 11:42 AM

You didn't frighten the poor woman, did you?

Shelly posted on February 28, 2010 12:32 PM

I hope she got her name in the book :)
I'm counting down the days...

Jan posted on February 28, 2010 11:28 PM

It sounds like a great meeting of the minds. Anxiously awaiting..........

Sam posted on March 2, 2010 7:53 AM
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