Life has been chock full of adventures as of late, and this week’s been no exception. My latest–a trip to the charming Ohio town of Milan–answers the question about the gloves.
I was in Milan (pronounced with a long I as in "mile") to take a look at the button collection at the historical museum there.
Ah, I have a big announcement. I’ve just signed a contract to write a new mystery series and you guessed it, it features a heroine who runs a vintage button business.
Oh yes! You see, I’ve long been fascinated by old buttons. They’re little bits of history, little works of art, and I enjoy looking at them, and learning what they’re made of and how they were made, and wondering about what kind of clothing they were on and who wore them.
It only seemed natural that eventually, there would be a button mystery series in my future.
Now, it’s a reality. I’m writing a series (at least three books at this point) about Josie Giancola, a button dealer in Chicago with a charming but deadbeat ex-husband, a retired cop who lives across the hall and still thinks he’s on the job, and a series of less-than-spectacular assistants. All that’s bad enough when all Josie wants is to concentrate on studying her buttons. It’s worse once she gets involved in murder!
The button mysteries have given me the perfect excuse to learn more about buttons and I did that this week in Milan. The museum has a button collection, but it is not currently on display. No worries, the nice folks there invited me in to look through it on my own. Hence, the gloves.
I had a great time in Milan and I appreciated the look behind the scenes at the museum. As for the books . . . the first is due to the publisher in August so I’m anticipating a publication date some time next summer. Until then, I’m keeping the plot under wraps. I guess you could say my lips are buttoned!