So what is this all about, Audra?
I am doing an interview of a “mom character” for my blog “Audra Writes.” Ron Voigts suggested you from his book, The Fortune Teller’s Secret.
(Marbella clears throat, sounding like a chipmunk.) I am honored.
If you are ready, let’s try this. What do you see as the most challenging aspect of motherhood?
I don’t have to think long on that. Getting your child to realize that Mother isn’t an old fuddy-duddy or stupid. I am sixty-four years old and my daughter questions my actions, advice, and wisdom. When she was eight she believed I knew everything and now—? (Squeaks again.)
What is your proudest mom moment?
(Marbella smiles.) When my daughter, Alexandra, was twelve she found her great-great-grandmother’s spell book. Asked me to teach her some things. I was quite happy she took an interest in her witch heritage. She showed a real aptitude for casting spells. Opening locks with an incantation was here strong point. Couldn’t keep her in her room after that. She didn’t give two hoots for potions and herbal penchants.
My mom used to say “I’ve had it up to here!” and “Who do you think you are?” a lot. What is your go-to momism?
That is an easy one. “You’ll be the death of me yet.” And she will be too!
Tell us about your daughter. Does she take after you at all?
Alexandra and I are nothing alike. Night and day. Oil and water. We are polar opposites. I enjoy gourmet meals, a glass of cognac, and the opera. She is pizza, beer, and heavy metal music.
You mean you two never see eye-to-eye?
Well, we have our moments. When the chips down, she is there for me and I for her.
Let’s try something different. Something called “This or that?” Ready? Themed party or meet for drinks?
Themed party of course. I always loved a mask ball.
Wash your mouth out with soap or pay the swear jar?
What’s a swear jar?
Okay. Let’s try another. Cosmopolitan or beer?
I already told you I don’t like beer. This is a silly game.
I’ll take that as a Cosmopolitan. Downton Abbey’s dowager countess or Carol Brady?
Do you mean which am I most like? Well, not Carol Brady? Could not stand to have those six rug-rats under foot. I guess that means the Countess.
Curlers to bed or lucky to remember a morning comb through?
To be truthful, I do my own hair. I use to go to a little beauty shop downtown, but they never got it right. I don’t have to do much to my hair. (Touches a frizzy edge.)
Audra: Let’s call that one a tossup.
Oh, look at the time. I have a bridge game at three. Got to run. Ta-ta.
(She hustles off.)
Ta-ta, Ms. Wellingway! Here's more about The Fortune Teller's Secret:
A dead man on a Ferris wheel and a cold-case murder take Cavendish Brown into a world of carnival kooks, ghosts, and killers. The annual carnival comes to Maiden Falls, a small town in the West Virginia Mountains, but everything is not merry. The ghost of a woman appears to Cavendish Brown, a carnival worker lies dead aboard a car on the Ferris wheel, and a bullied teenager plots to kill people at the carnival with a homemade bomb. More complications arise. Cavendish again butts heads with the local sheriff, Clinton Pike. Marbella Wellingway, owner of the newspaper where Cavendish works, receives a visit from the Angel of Death. And a Fortune Teller at the carnival knows something that could forever change Cavendish’s life. With the aid of Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a Goth witch, he must find the killer, help the mystery woman, and risk his life to prevent more deaths.
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