Saturday, February 27, 2010
WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SCRAPBOOKING COULD FILL A BOOK
The 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.
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