Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Fall into Everything
By Maggie Toussaint

leaves of fall graphicWe’re in the season of Fall, but did you know that “season” is not one of the definitions most dictionaries list for the word fall?

As a verb, fall has 4 definitions listed in the Oxford Dictionary: 1) to move downward at a rapid rate, often uncontrolled. 2) lose one’s balance and collapse. 3) decrease in number, amount, intensity, etc. 4) move into a state of disrepair. As a noun: 1) the act of falling or a sudden uncontrolled descent. 2) a thing that falls or has fallen. 3) decrease in size, number, rate or level. 4) a loss of office.

Whatever the usage, the word fall, in any context indicates a change.

One of the changes that happens to me with the shorter days and cooler climes of fall is an instinctual (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) urge to eat more to better survive the hardships of winter. But that is at variance with reality. Knock on wood, in today’s world, Americans have no food shortage in the winter. We have heat in our homes to keep from freezing and the world may or may not be warming up.

Doggone It Cover - webBottom line: fall is when my innate urge to eat and my common sense do battle. It doesn’t help that Halloween’s candy and Thanksgiving’s desserts are so tempting.

My upcoming release, DOGGONE IT, book 3 in my Dreamwalker mystery series, releases Oct. 19. This full length book is set in fall and comes fully loaded with a haunted house and a ghost dog.

While we’re on the subject of fall, leave a comment with a phrase with the word “fall” in it. Here are a few examples to get you started: What a pretty waterfall! Careful, don’t fall! One commenter (US only) will win an Advance Reading Copy of DOGGONE IT.


  1. maggietoussaint says

    The winner of my contest is Terri Rinko. Terri, I’ll email you about getting your snail mail address for the ARC of Doggone It.

    Thanks to all who entered! Maggie

  2. I love fall leaves. I’m not that crazy about raking them, but I’d rather do that instead of shovel snow.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Yes! Raking fall leaves is much more fun than shoveling snow. The best part, in my opinion, is jumping in the pile afterward. The kid in me made me say that!

  3. I just love the fall weather and all the wildlife that run at this time such as deer,turkeys and their babies, finches,sparrows,woodpeckers and many other that are so neat to see when the fall weather arrives!

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hi Peggy, I love wildlife and spend a lot of time behind my camera lens getting photos of birds, squirrels, raccoons, turtles, dolphins, or anything else that comes my way!

  4. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a good time of the year to fall in love with your new book, “Doggone It”.

    • maggietoussaint says

      I am glad you enjoy fall, Dianne. And I also agree that its nice to curl up with a good book when the weather turns cold!

  5. Cathy Gill says

    I love a good mystery to read. Fall of year leaves turning colors turning cooler. I love all your books.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hi Cathy. Thanks for being a fan of my books. I enjoy writing these characters and immersing myself in story worlds. Good luck to you in the drawing!

  6. Mary Jane H. says

    I can fall into trouble so easy.

    • maggietoussaint says

      I like your spunk, Mary Jane. For me, trouble comes in the form of sweets. They are my kryptonite…

  7. Fall into a good mystery and read Doggone It! Ghosts, demons, and haunted houses will give you a thrill for Halloween in this twisted murder mystery.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Thanks for the teaser about the story, Nancy. I loved writing the various aspects about the haunted house and the ghost dog. I’m so happy my publisher decided to put this book out in October!

  8. Fall is my favorite time of year as well as the month that I married my wonderful Hubby! Happy Fall!!!

  9. maggietoussaint says

    I can’t decide if I like the rich colors of fall leaves the best or the rich aroma of fall leaves. Thank goodness I don’t have to choose!

  10. Terri Rinko says

    I’m falling for a good ghost story right now!! Sitting here in FL waiting for Hurricane Matthew to fall into Daytona Beach!

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hi Terri. I hope you stay safe. I evacuated in from the Georgia coast. Here’s hoping we don’t have loss of lives in my hometown or extensive property damage. That would make us all “fall” into sadness.

  11. Annette Naish says

    This season – fall or autumn – is my favorite. The earth has tilted just enough to provide some of the most beautiful sunlight we see all year. Love it, looks we have been lighted for a movie.

    • maggietoussaint says

      I love the spectacular sunsets too, Annette. I love watching the play of light as it stretches across the sky in coral tendrils, and the explosion of color near the sun.

  12. sallycootie says

    I’d fall all over myself if I could read about the ghost dog!

  13. I do like the fall colors, but to me, it signals the end of the sunny, warm weather. Not a cold weather person. I enjoy the changing of the seasons, but I’m not a fan of shorter days and barren trees.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Fall leaves are beautiful, but I also agree with you about the shorter days and barren trees. For one thing, I think the light is the wrong color in winter. For another, those barren trees look so vulnerable and exposed. We have leafy trees in Georgia, live oaks, that keep their leaves year round. Well, that’s the story. They actually have two falls, shedding leaves in the spring and fall, but the new growth comes in immediately. Not all the leaves “fall” at once, so the canopy always appears full. The ground is crunchy with leaves, though.

  14. In Florida, Fall was just a hint of the few days of nicer weather we might be lucky enough to experience. Now, up in the Colorado Rockies, Fall is in full swing with gorgeous red and gold aspens lining the roads and covering the mountains.

    • maggietoussaint says

      I plan to be out your way soon, visiting family. I’m looking forward to seeing fall color!

  15. I’m always happy to see fall coming. One of my mother’s favorite lines was “easing as falling off a dead horse.” She was an ER nurse who wouldn’t let us near horses. Or motorcycles. Or trampolines.

    • maggietoussaint says

      My mom had a thing about motorcycles. But I also had an older cousin who died from a motorcycle crash, so her fears were justified. Thanks goodness she didn’t see horses as a threat because I spent a lot of my formative years hanging out with horses. I would’ve loved a trampoline…

  16. like fall leaves