We’re thrilled to have author Auralee Wallace stop by Chicks today. Ring in the Year with Murder, the fourth book in her hysterical Otter Lake Mystery series, is out October 31.
Spring (Fall) Cleaning the Comedy:
Saying Goodbye to 80’s Gold
A funny and horrifying thing happened to me recently. My editor asked me to rethink a joke in my manuscript because – wait for it – not enough people would get it. It was too dated.
Now, I should say, my editor is bang-on about pretty much everything, but this time I wasn’t sure I agreed. You see, not to brag or anything, but I’ve always been hip and cool. I mean, like I’m totally stirring the zeitgeist soup…with the same finger that’s right on the pulse of what’s happening…like right now…and now…and now too.
But after some thought, I decided she was right. So, I’m cleaning up my comedy repertoire. Here’s five cultural references from the 80s that I will no longer use in my writing…or life, I guess. Sigh. I’ll try to keep it quick. Who knows how much time we have left?
The Princess Bride
Now brace yourselves, but The Princess Bride just had an anniversary. It came out thirty years ago. Yes, you read that right: thirty years ago. That’s a long time. Therefore, despite how much pain this will cause me, I vow to no longer say:
Well, maybe I just won’t say it and expect people to get it. ‘Cause it’s seriously a lot of fun. You should try it.
80’s Prime Time Soap Opera Catfights
Okay, so, I may have made one tiny, little reference to women fighting in a fountain in my upcoming cozy mystery, Ring in the Year with Murder, but from now on, I swear I will resist.
Sure, sure, you could argue there’s a new Dynasty on TV, so it’s still current, but the fights are between a stepmother and stepdaughter. That can’t compare to Alexis and Krystle fighting over that old dude. What was his name again? Doesn’t matter. He was beside the point.
Goodbye fine warriors.
Solid Gold Dancers
Ah, who am I kidding? I probably should have got rid of them a long time ago.
The Original Wonder Woman Theme Song
This one really, really hurts, but the last time I spontaneously burst out into this girl-power song, my daughters just stared at me blankly. Apparently there’s a new Wonder Woman in town. I hear her name is Gal. I haven’t met her yet, but…whatever. I’m too sad to even talk about it.
As a side note, I also miss Lou Ferrigno as the hulk. So sad. So green.
Erik Estrada from CHiPs
Now we come to the man who started this whole questioning of material in the first place. Erik Estrada. See, I thought if I wrote something like “he looked like Erik Estrada in his uniform” everyone would instantly know who I was talking about. But apparently that’s not the case. So goodbye to you too, sweet Erik. I will never forget.
Anyway, now that that’s done, I should probably mention again that I have a new book coming out October 31st. It’s called Ring in the Year with Murder (in case you missed the plug the first time). But you know what else I’m super excited about that’s also happening that day? No, not Halloween, silly. I’m over forty. If I eat more than three mini chocolate bars, I might die. No, I’m excited about Stranger Things Season 2! I think it’s going to be awesome. Although I do realize that someday my kids are going to watch Stranger Things like I watched Leave it to Beaver…and that’s pretty disturbing…but time marches on, and we all have to keep things fresh.
BTW, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air first aired in 1990, so it’s still good. For now.
What do you think? Is it time to let the 80s go?
Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blond mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.
About Ring In the Year with Murder: An Otter Lake Mystery:
This New Year’s Eve, Erica’s resolution is to have a great night―even if it kills her. She is, after all, at the party to end all parties: a Great Gatsby–themed gala sure to be the talk of Otter Lake, New Hampshire. With her perfectly finger-waved hair, borrowed pearls, and scarlet flapper dress, Erica is determined to be unflappable, despite the presence of her ex, Sheriff Grady Forrester, and his hot date, a bubbly blonde who has a hard time holding her drink. Literally. . .
In a plot twist as bizarre as a game of Clue, Grady’s girlfriend almost drops dead after her drink is poisoned. Who put the killer ingredient in her appletini? Suddenly the tables have turned and the sheriff has become the prime suspect. Now Erica has until midnight to clear the man she still loves―and in so doing just maybe win him back. That’s if the killer doesn’t pop the cork again… and turn a New Year’s smooch into a kiss of death…
“Wonderfully entertaining!” ―RT Book Reviews
“A frolicking good time…with a heroine who challenges Stephanie Plum for the title of funniest sleuth.”―New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson
Preorder your copy today!