However, I do have a guilty pleasure, many guilty pleasures, actually, and they sit on every bookcase in my home. That guilty pleasure is my teapot collection.
Around fifteen or sixteen years ago, I was shopping at Christmastime with a friend. As we wandered around the china department, I saw a Santa teapot and made a casual comment about how some day, if I ever had lots of disposable income, I’d like to collect funky looking teapots. Several weeks later that Santa teapot arrived as a Christmas gift from that friend.
Word soon spread, and before I knew it, I was receiving funky teapots for every conceivable gift-giving holiday. Over the years, I’ve bought very few teapots myself. On a cruise to the Bahamas, I bought a fish teapot. When I went to Disneyland for the first time, I found a Minnie Mouse teapot. The rest have all been gifts, and the collection keeps growing with teapots in all shapes and sizes.
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, my first cozy mystery was published this past January. I recently attended the Malice Domestic convention where teapots are awarded to the Agatha winners. In May of 2012, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN will be eligible for an Agatha for Best Mystery. If I’m lucky, I’ll be taking home a teapot to add to my collection.
Lois Winston drinks far more coffee than she does tea, but that doesn’t stop her from collecting tea pots. When she’s not dusting her collection, she writes the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL, the second book in the series will debut in January 2012. Visit Lois at http://www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com