Please welcome Julie Mulhern, USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures. Her latest mystery, BACKSTABBERS, is now available. Today, she’s brought copies of the first book in the Poppy Fields series for five lucky commenters!
I am thrilled to be hanging out with the Chicks – but being here isn’t without stress. Some of the funniest women I know are Chicks. So, no pressure.
My teenagers think I am the unfunniest person to ever grace the planet. Ever.
There is a one-star review of one my books (yes, I read them—call me a masochist) that says, “I was promised laugh-out-loud funny. I only chuckled.” Clearly this reviewer agrees with my progeny.
My all-time favorite review? It’s from a woman who noted everyone in the chemotherapy infusion room wanted to know what she was reading because she was laughing so hard.
We need laughter. People who can laugh at life’s minor pitfalls are happier (and no, I’m not stating the obvious—someone with too much money funded a study). People who laugh live longer—laughter decreases the secretion of epinephrine and cortisol in the body. Laughter reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and improves circulation.
Laughing with other people fosters emotional connections. Laughing (not over my books) with my daughters is one of the joys of motherhood.
What makes me laugh? Frasier re-runs, a website called Damn You Auto-Correct, a handful of comedians, the original Match Game (Charles Nelson Riley and Brett Sommers were hysterical), and the turkey-drop WKRP episode (I swear, as God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly).
How about you? What tickles your funny bone? I have five e-copies of Fields’ Guide to Abduction to give away—comment to enter.
She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.
Action, adventure, mystery, and humor are the things Julie loves when she’s reading. She loves them even more when she’s writing!