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.