The Chicks are thrilled to welcome Laura Jensen Walker for her first visit with us. AND she’s doing a giveaway for a copy of her brand-new cozy mystery, Murder Most Sweet. She also shares her powerful personal story with heart and humor.
No breasts? No biggie.
(Can I even talk about breasts on a cozy blog? Or will I get sent to cozy jail? If so, I hope someone will break me out.)
Some couples get season tickets to the theater or ballet for that first paper (or plastic) anniversary. Others get beautiful coffee-table books, original art, or colorful picnic ware.
I got cancer. Not exactly a gift that can be returned. (Although I tried.)
Twenty-eight years ago, the day after my first wedding anniversary, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and reconstruction. Only problem—a few years later my (saline) implant burst when I was hoisting something heavy against my chest, leaving me with a flat tire where my fake boob used to be. Thus began the lopsided years. I had to start stuffing my bra again—flashbacks to junior high.
Five years ago when pre-cancerous lumps were discovered in my remaining breast, I decided to go flat. No more reconstruction for this woman. I’m not a Kardashian or Angelina Jolie and I don’t live in Hollywood. What do I need breasts for? Their only biological purpose is for feeding a baby and that ship sailed a long time ago. (Plus, after years of being uneven, I would finally match again—no more lopsidedness! Woo-hoo!)
When I decided to try my hand at writing cozies a couple years ago, I wanted to see a character like me; a breast cancer survivor who chose to go flat. (I hadn’t found that in other cozies.) Teddie, my main character, doesn’t let her flat state stop her from anything, including leading a fun, well-rounded life as a cozy mystery author and breastless baker, while catching the eye of a visiting author. Her lack of breasts doesn’t define Teddie, it’s just a part of who she is. And the best thing about her breastless state? She never has to wear a bra again. (Although now and then she’ll strap on a pair of knitted knockers when she goes undercover to sniff out a murderer.)
For a chance to win a copy of Murder Most Sweet, tell me, did you stuff your bra in junior high? Be honest. No judgment here.
About Murder Most Sweet: Everyone in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, knows Teddie St. John. Tall, curly-haired Teddie is a superb baker, a bohemian bon vivant, breast cancer survivor, and a mystery writer. Teddie is walking her American Eskimo dog, Gracie, when her four-legged friend finds Teddie’s missing silk scarf. Only problem: the scarf is tied tightly around the neck of a beautiful blond woman, the fiancée of a touring British author.
Before you can say “Wisconsin kringle,” Teddie becomes a murder suspect. Everyone in town knows all too well that the distinctive scarf was hers. When a second murder shocks the community, Teddie stands accused of not one, but two, murders. With the help of her Three Musketeers friends Sharon and Char, can Teddie clear her name and deliver a killer’s just desserts?
Laura Jensen Walker has loved mysteries ever since she read Trixie Belden in the fourth grade. A former journalist, Laura is the author of several chick-lit novels and humorous non-fiction books, including Thanks for the Mammogram! She lives in Northern California with her Renaissance-man husband and their canine daughter Mellie and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Murder Most Sweet is Laura’s first mystery. Find out more about Laura at www.laurajensenwalker.com and follow her on Twitter @LauraJensenWal1.