I know so many people who read every single Janet Evanovich novel that comes out. Including a teacher friend of mine who I recently loaned "Wicked Appetite" to. She left a post-it note on the book that said
"Great fun! Certainly it is just as healthy to laugh out loud at a silly book as it is to do yoga!"
She's talking about this new novel that features cupcake baker Lizzy Tucker. I asked Janet about cupcakes and she said:
"Cupcakes are an important part of life! Cupcakes are happy! I'm in favor of cupcakes everywhere!"
She also talked about how the setting of Salem, Massachusetts plays on the history of witches. She said she was inspired by the old tv show "Bewitched" and Aunt Clara - the witch who couldn't quite get anything right.
"This is probably my favorite book of all of the books that I've written. I love the Plum books but there's something about this book that just...I had so much freedom because of the nature and I had so much fun with Shirley because I could put this kind of strange spell on her and just have a lot of fun. "
She's talking about the spell where Shirley speaks oddly. Here's a little excerpt (from P. 84 of "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich) :
Shirley had finished the turkey leg and was working her way through the Snickers bars.
"You inherited a key" I said to her.
Shirley vigorously shook her head.
I took another look at the key ring. There were three keys and a ladybug charm on the ring.
"It's the charm" I said.
Shirley nodded. "Clam bake."
I removed the ladybug from the ring and held it in my hand. It vibrated slightly and grew warm.
Shirley pointed to the photo on the end table. "Twinkies," she said. And she counted off on three fingers, "Huey, Dewey, Louie."
"I don't get what she's trying to tell us" said Diesel.
Tune in for my conversation with Janet Evanovich, or check the Realgoodwords archive.