Monday, October 25, 2010


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 and


Kathleen Ernst said...

Hmmn, interesting question! I think if my protagonist Chloe Ellefson (of Old World Murder) won the lottery she'd feel overwhelmed and immediately give most of it away to some favorite causes: the historic site where she works, and anything supporting environmental protection. She might surprise her friend Roelke McKenna, local patrolman, with the old farmhouse that recently went out of his family.

Deborah Elliott-Upton said...

If my protagonist won the lottery, I am wondering if she would support me as I have her through her trials and tribulations...hmm, interesting thoughts. Thanks for sharing a great article.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

I think Hannah Vogel would swear out a hit on me if she could afford it. :)

Hope your protag stays penniless and inspirational, Lois!

Lois Winston said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kathleen, Deborah, and Rebecca! Chloe sounds exceedingly generous. Rebecca, I think you should do your darnedest to make sure Hannah doesn't get her hands on any extra cash. As for me, I plan to keep Anastasia as penniless as I can for as long as I can. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't mind a winning lottery ticket.

jeff7salter said...

Lois, I can't name my protagonists because neither are published yet.
But 'K.R' -- from my first three completed manuscripts -- would probably invest part of the money in fixing up the farm on which her rented cabin rests ... then re-do the fencing around the entire 99 acres to keep out hunters.
'A.M.' (from my second two completed manuscripts) would move from her noisy duplex to a dwelling with plenty of storage, a full garage, a yard (& lawn service, of course). Then put in storage the junk left by her folks when they moved from TN to AZ.
Of course, none of that makes any sense to bloggers who have not read my manuscripts.
But one day, when one or more get published, you'll be able to say, "Hey, I remember when those female leads were merely initials."

Lois Winston said...

Keep plugging away, Jeff, and that day will be here sooner rather than later. Good luck with the mss.

Shane Gericke said...

Don't let her find a dollar on the street, Lois ... we'd hate to lose your protag to Sin and Degradation after only one book :-)

Lois Winston said...

Shane, in this economy I think people are holding tight to their money and not letting any loose dollars fly away. At least I hope so for my series' sake!

Kelli Stanley said...

Lois, I hope Anastasia stays broke--but I also hope somebody buys her a drink with a paper umbrella occasionally! ;)