Where does the time go? And women in mystery, continued.

I’m back!  Where does the time go?   I’m a slow writer and editor, so working on the scripts for three up-coming talks and one convention panel presentation in October, plus on-going writing devoted to number six in the “To Die For” mystery series, has kept me busy.  AND, I’ve also arranged for signings every weekend in November and one in December for the new mystery anthology, DYING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, from Wolfmont Press.  I have a story in that anthology, and authors who are chosen agree to donate all proceeds to the Toys for Tots Foundation, as does the publisher, who created this anthology as a Toys for Tots fund-raiser.   Marines in dress blues will join me at some of these events, and (new) toy and money collection boxes will be there.

I’ll be at: Nightbird Books, 557 S. School Ave, Fayetteville, AR, on Sat. afternoon Nov 8–time still to fill, phone store for info: 479-443-5101.

I Love a Mystery, 6114 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS (Kansas City area) from 1-3 on Saturday, November 15.

Barnes & Noble, Rogers, AR, Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-3.

Sow’s Ear Antiques and Books at Christmas on the Town Square, Berryville, AR, noon until 5:00, Sunday, Nov. 30.

Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, AR, Saturday, Dec. 13, 1-3:00.

Now, a bit more about our women in mystery, and an event here in the United States in the mid-20th century:

Most of us have read recently that quite a few men AND WOMEN, Julia Child being the most talked about, served the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, as spies during World War II.  What hasn’t been reported as widely as that these women–after the war was over–were told by their government that “they could” go back home to be housewives and mothers, or maybe secretaries and nurses.  There was no hint that it would be possible for them to hold on to their exciting jobs (or so I have heard) and we saw no more of them as spies in real life, or fiction, for quite a while.

Then came the cold war spy novels.  Of course there were women in those books.  With rare exceptions they had to be unbelievably beautiful and sexy as well as, probably, lethal. They were not, however, lead characters.  Males always had those roles.

Younger readers had fared better already.  Nancy Drew came along in 1930, and oh what water in the desert those books were!  I was one of the girls who couldn’t get enough of Nancy and her exploits.  That series, and a few similar novels, depicted strong girls having daring adventures, and succeeding at tasks that required both intelligence and courage.  That was much more than entertainment for me.  These books told me a world very different from what I experienced at school and at home existed…somewhere out there. They were truly water in the desert.

Can any of identify with this?

(To be continued.  And, thanks for traveling this road with me!)

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One Response to “Where does the time go? And women in mystery, continued.”

  1. dan Says:

    A requirement of my work is an obligatory visit to the US Embassy in the country I happen to be in. These are meetings of the most boring sort: “what am I doing? Why am I doing it? For whom?” The only interested part is trying to figure out who the spook (CIA) is among the group I meet with. Usually, I think its the young to young middle aged girl/woman who sits toward the back of the room, has no visible purpose for being in the room, and who can be expected to “turn up” later for a social call at my work site.

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