From Lansbury to Truman, Murder They Wrote
Posted by Diana Belchase
Don and Renee Bain are one of the cutest couples in the world. He’s tall and lanky, she’s petite, both are soft-spoken, and both are intent on murder.
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That’s no joke. They murder literally dozens of people each year — within the pages of the books they co-write. In fact, they are the brains and talent behind Universal’s “Murder She Wrote” series. With now fifty books under their belt (a few more have released since the video interview) they are the embodiment of Jessica Fletcher now that the series is no longer on the air.
But, that’s not all the Bain duo has been up to. Don Bain — who jokingly refers himself as the “world’s tallest, oldest, bearded stewardess” — was the real author of the sensational “Coffee, Tea, or Me,” book that once was considered steamy enough for mothers to refuse to allow their daughters to become flight attendants. He also collaborated with Margaret Truman on her Washington, D.C. based mysteries and, until now, could reap none of the credit.
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With Renee at his side, they discuss how they come up with story ideas, how they work as a team, how they try to emulate Angela Lansbury’s voice and mannerisms, and the ups and downs of working within the limitations of an iconic series.
Leave a comment or a question below about ghost writing — is it a let down, or a wonderful surprise? — and Don and Renee will give one lucky reader who responds a copy of Close Up on Murder.
About Diana BelchaseI am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel Spy in the Mirror and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, Spy in the Harem. I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense Finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: DianaBelchase.com, or friend/follow me on facebook and twitter. I blog on KissandThrill.com. See you there!
Posted on May 20, 2014, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase and tagged Angela Lansbury, Best selling mystery novels, Books and TV series, Coffee Tea or Me, Diana Belchase, Donald Bain, Flight Attendant confessions, Ghost Writers, Margaret Truman, Murder She Wrote. Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.