Coupla Questions

One answered, and a couple asked.

First, since I mentioned my mailing list, several readers have asked me how they join it. Far be it from me, techno bozo par excellence, to say, ‘Er, how about clicking on Sign Up?’  Here is the link.

Now, you might ask, why bother? It would be a good question because I’ve so rarely used my list to contact readers. Though my webmaster got very excited and said, ‘You gotta have a mailing list’, I’ve been wary of using it. This is because so many authors only use their mailing list when they have a new book to flog and it gets tiresome, like the ‘friend’ you only hear from when she wants a favour. So I’ve been thinking (it happens) about ways I might find to delight and entertain those of you who loyally signed up. Or at least not to annoy you.

My idea is to start sending a news-lettery kind of email, once a month max, in which I interview a character from one of my books. My questions for you are a) would you welcome or curse such a monthly arrival in your mail box? And b) if you like the idea, who would you like me to interview? Suggestions, please. And, by the way, it doesn’t have to be a major protagonist. I’m willing to talk to B-listers.

To get you started, my son would like to hear more from Aunt Fish in The Unfortunates.

That’s your homework. I’m now shutting up shop for a week. Dr Dan, Married Man? is almost ready for the printers. I just need one final, final, obsessive-compulsive check of a proof copy, then off we go.


  1. JillywithaJay on February 6, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Hi Laurie,

    a) I would love to hear from you, once a month ‘min’! I’m all in favour of that; and b) I like the idea of you going back (sometimes in time) and interviewing your characters. It might go some way to curbing that feeling I have when I have just finished a great book and miss it so much and for days I am going around thinking ‘ooh, but I wonder what she/he is doing now??’

    So, here is my list:

    Let us start with Ba Bradshaw. You once fobbed me off (but nicely) with some cock and bull story about her and Bobs moving to Cyprus. Well, get yourself on an easyjet flight sharpish and talk to the woman.

    I think finding out what Buzz Wexler is up to now would be a hoot.

    If you could screw up your eyes very tight, click your heels together and wish very hard (or whatever it is they do in films to go back in time) I’d really like to hear Wallis Simpson’s side of the story once she lost touch with her ‘friend’ Maybell.

    And . . . and . . . Enid Finch! How did it all work out for her?? How did she enjoy her meat and potatoes in my home town? (That woman helped me change my life – just the teeniest bit – but change it did. I think I’ve told you that before, too).

    Well, you did ask. You’ve set me off now.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. J x

    P.S. I loved your post about finding and using long forgotten words, I’m waiting for le moment just and ‘sennight’ is going to be right up there, along with ‘uppity’ which I have delighted in using as often as I could these last few weeks. Nothing at all wrong with that. I’ve checked. x

  2. Elizabeth Shelton on February 11, 2020 at 6:31 am

    What a DIVINE idea, to hear more about my “ friends” in your books, so many to choose from ,think I will have to go with Wally, as well ,she is such a dreadful character, that I feel she would truly dig her own grave. Roll on Dr. Dan !!

  3. Susan Grazier on February 20, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I would love to hear from Lubka.

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