Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
In this hurry up world full of people and technology on a speeding clock, how often do we stop to say thanks? I have a list of things to do each day, but I always run out of day before my list is done. Sometimes I work on Monday’s list all week long!
On the flip side, I do the things I love with the people I love, and every day is full of wonder. I long ago figured out that the important things always get done, that it’s necessary to take time for yourself, and essential to goof off now and then. Getting that balance right is the kicker.
I’m utterly thankful for friends, family, faith, and the mystery community. I’m thankful for health, sunshine, and all the glory of nature. I’m thankful for the internet which allows me to communicate with friends everywhere. And yes, I do my best to remember to thank people that I encounter each day. It’s important.
But what about the characters in our books? Are they thankful?
My recent release, IN THE WICK OF TIME, features the fraternal twins Tabby and Sage Winslow, their cats Harley and Luna, and more. Both twins are thankful for each other, for the candle shop they co-own, and for their homes above the shops on Bristol Street. For them, family, home, and work are so intertwined that it’s often hard to tell where one stops and the other begins.
In two books, Tabby solved two murder cases, learned what it takes to keep the shop profitable, and fell in love with her best friend Quig. She’s kind to everyone she meets, but fiercely loyal to family and friends. She’s thankful for everyone in her life.
On the other hand, Sage is self-indulgent, to the dismay of some, but she’s becoming more self-aware, little by little. She’s most thankful for her sister, followed by her cat Luna, and her lawyer boyfriend, Brindle, even if he made a mistake when he was spelled by a witch.
The shop cats Harley and Luna are thankful for their people, their shop, and a never-ending supply of kibble and treats. They are thankful for pools of warm sunshine, cuddles with their girls, and head scratches. They show their thanks by purring.
Tabby’s guy, Dr Quig Quigsly, Chatham County Medical Examiner, is super thankful that the love of his life, his soulmate, is now in his arms and under his roof. Lawyer Brindle Pratt had a devilish brush with witchcraft, lost his job, and nearly lost his mind. But he’s thankful Sage stuck by him and nursed him back to health. He realizes the trappings of success aren’t as important as the people in his life.
We all have things to be thankful for. People need to know they are appreciated. So, it’s our responsibility to let our people know we appreciate them.
Who are you most thankful for this month? Might it be a parent, partner, child, grandchild, cousin, neighbor, friend, coworker, or someone else? If you are so moved, share why you made the selection. I’m giving away IN THE WICK OF TIME to a commenter, either in print or digital or audio format, with print books only available in the US. I’ll select a winner using Random.org on Tuesday Nov 21. Please specify the format of choice in your comment about thanks.
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