What would my protagonist do if she won the lottery? Unfortunately, she’d no longer be my protagonist. And that would be the end of my new mystery series before the first book hits the shelves in January. Anastasia Pollack, the protagonist of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series, is my protagonist precisely because she has no money.
Anastasia was living the American dream until her husband, a man with (unbeknownst to her) a secret gambling addiction, permanently cashes in his chips at a Las Vegas casino. He was supposed to be at a sales meeting in Harrisburg, PA. Within days Anastasia learns that dear departed hubby had been lying to her for years. She’s left with no money, no life insurance, and debt up the wazoo. And that’s before she gets the phone call from dead hubby’s loan shark, demanding payment of the fifty grand he claims dead hubby owes him.
Did I also mention Anastasia’s nasty Communist mother-in-law? Anastasia is stuck with her now, too. The hell with the loan shark. If Anastasia won the lottery, the first thing she’d do is move her mother-in-law and her vicious demon dog from hell out of her house and into an apartment of her own. Preferably on the other side of the country. Then she’d pay off the loan shark. After that she’d pay all the past-due bills and replenish her kids’ college funds and her retirement fund. Then she’d take a nice long vacation on some secluded South Seas island where she’d lounge on the beach while sipping potent drinks with paper umbrellas and try to forget her dead louse of a spouse.
So although I know Anastasia would love to win the lottery, I’m hoping she never finds a spare dollar with which to play.
Lois Winston would like to keep Anastasia destitute as long as possible to keep her new series running for as long as possible. Read more about Lois and Anastasia at www.loiswinston.com and www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.