Monday, November 22, 2010

Guest Blogger - Krista Davis

In August I had the opportunity to go on one of Molly Weston’s fabulous North Carolina author tours. Along with my Killer Cozy friends, Avery Aames, Riley Adams (Elizabeth Spann Craig), and Ellery Adams, I had a ball. Molly’s interviews and author signings were the highlights of the trip. A warning to authors planning to tour with Molly -- she never asks the same question twice! That fresh, unrehearsed quality is one reason people love her author interviews. You never know what might happen!

Molly denies any domestic diva tendencies, but don’t let her fool you. I know Southern graciousness when I see it. Being a bit of a domestic diva myself, I loved the coziness of Molly’s home. Nestled in trees, it has a huge, wonderful fireplace that made me want to curl up in a cushy chair with one of the hundreds of books lining the shelves.

While we were talking, Molly proudly told me about her daughter Erin’s horticulture business. As part of that business, Erin makes and sells gorgeous Southern Magnolia wreaths at the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’re talking really beautiful natural wreaths that would make Martha Stewart drool.

If you’re familiar with my books, you know that while I love domestic divas, I also poke a little bit of fun at them. In THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE, Natasha, one name, please, like Cher, has declared pink and turquoise the new red and green for Christmas decorations. Sophie, who is Natasha’s rival, prefers to keep things simple but lovely. Natasha turns her nose up at Sophie’s traditional pine greenery, and it drives her crazy that their friends always gather in Sophie’s old-fashioned kitchen featuring an ancient stone fireplace.

Immediately after my fun trip to North Carolina, my copy edits were due for THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE. As I read, I realized -- oh no! -- I poked fun at Natasha’s magnolia wreaths. Would Molly think I did that to insult her or her daughter? Heaven forbid!

Now, in my defense, I wasn’t making fun of magnolia wreaths. They’re classic Southern Christmas decor. Like a Chanel suit, they never go out of style. Natasha, who loves complicated crafts, paints her magnolia wreaths turquoise and adds glitter. In one notable instance, she pairs giant turquoise magnolia flowers with life-size pink peacocks wearing white wreaths on their necks. Ah, the joys of Christmas decorating! Just this past week I heard that blue is back for Christmas lights. We may see giant turquoise magnolia flowers and pink peacocks yet. Did I mention how much fun it is to write about domestic divas? Especially one like Natasha, who is always trying to outdo everyone else.

Should you have the good fortune to be in the North Carolina State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh this holiday season, look for Erin Weston and her beautiful magnolia wreaths. Tell her Sophie sent you.

Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mystery series. Her first book, THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME was nominated for an Agatha award. THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE will be in bookstores December 7th. Watch the book trailer at Krista's website or You Tube.


Suzanne said...

Krista, I enjoyed seeing you and the other killer cozy authors on tour a few months ago. Three cheers to Molly for setting up those tours and bringing so many fine authors to readers in North Carolina.

Suzanne Adair

karen said...

Ok, I'm headed to the Farmers Market on Friday to get one of those beautiful wreaths. Hmmm... what color should I paint it? I must fight the inner tacky girl.
Krista, I so enjoyed your visit to Cary and finally read your delightful series. I'm looking forward to reading the next Diva book and the Diva series will make excellent Christmas presents.

Krista said...

Thanks, Suzanne. It was great seeing you. Molly's tours are fun for the authors as well as the audiences. How often do authors die on the spot? ; )

~ Krista

Krista said...

LOL, Karen! Thank you so much. I'm delighted that you like the divas. I hope you enjoy the new book!

~ Krista

Msmstry said...

The tours CAN'T be as much fun for the authors as for me! I make you work too hard—and I'm the one who's playing.

Krista, I hope you'll come again soon.

Erin Weston said...

Hey Y'all! Erin Weston, NC farmer, Molly's daughter and wannabe Natasha here; come see for yourself all the magnolia magic going on (sans plastic and pink) if you are in NC! If not, visit our website and write for materials list! I'm at space #46. THANKS AGAIN for the shout out!

Vicki Lane said...

Molly is a national treasure for us mystery authors! And wow, how beautiful that wreath is!