Melodie Campbell is Canada's "Queen of Comedy” (The Toronto Sun)
Hey Melodie: Enjoyed meeting you and the Deadly Dames recently in Stratford. Goddaughter's Revenge is hilarious. You have mastered the art of the short, to-the-point sentence: "..as weasely as a basket of weasels.." , "...green nature stuff...", too funny.I learned my trade in a small Italian family company. This "Cake" really gets the humour of the Gallo family. Funniest thing I saw in construction was when my Boss Domenic called his son-in-law Fabricio (I can't get fired from this job) a baccala in front of Rob (nephew by marriage), and yours truly (un-related Cake wanting to learn a trade). Rob and I almost died laughing. We thought Fab was going to cry.Maybe you could have a character based on Angelo Mosca in one of your stories. You know, mean SOB in the CFL, too soft-hearted to be an enforcer for the mob, like Rocky. I love seeing the Riders play the Cats in Hamilton. Best wishes to you and the Dames,Dave Bond, Whitby, Ontario
Dave, I've just now seen your comment! Thank you so much - I've been consumed by taking care of my palliative pater these past few months, and have neglected the nether sections of my website. Love your reference to yourself as "Cake" (wonder how many outside our world will get that - grin.) And thanks for your kind words re The Goddaughter's Revenge. That's the book that won the Derringer award in the US and the Arthur Ellis in Canada. Will definitely keep your suggestion in mind for book 7. Although I expect Pete could handle him :)
Hello Melodie Campbell!I am a huge Donald Westlake fan. I have just come across the Goddaughter books and have read the first two books.They are hilarious and I am going to read more!I was born and brought up in Hamilton and still live there so I can visualize the areas you right about. In fact, when we were looking for a house we looked at one on Country Club Drive ironically!I also have known or know a few people who are sketchy in the area so some of your characters I "visualize"!Thanks for writing such entertaining books!Joanne Bailey
Joanne, thank you! You wrote at a time I was going through tragedy in life, so I've just now seen your message. Thank you so very much! Born and brought up in Hamilton - I'm sure you would get all the in-jokes. And I am tickled that you like Westlake too. His castle heist still has me chuckling out loud when I think of it. The master!
Melodie Campbell, We're putting together our second anthology at Future Publishing House, wondering if you felt like submitting or hearing more details about this print/eBook publication. One of your stories popped on my radar, and I think you have a wonderful way with words. Our next anthology will be short stories, both horror and mystery. Let me know if you'd like to talk sometime. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Shaun