Welcome to the second day of May! My hope for you is that the remaining 29 days are full of happiness and good health. To be perfectly honest, I know this fifth month of 2015 will be tough for me. There are two significant days in May that have been cause for celebration my entire life, but not this year, because this is the first year I won't have my mother to celebrate them with. Her birthday and Mother's Day will feel empty without having Nancy Mae McCrillis to honor. But do I ever have some marvelous memories of her, and those are what I will work hard at focusing on May 10th and 21st. My mom would be really annoyed with me if I did otherwise! You know the phrase, Zero Tolerance, referring to drug use? Well my mother had zero tolerance for people who complained and didn't do anything to fix/correct/alter whatever it was they were complaining about. "You have a brain," she'd say. "Use it."
When my first book was published my mother was ecstatic. You'd think I'd won the Pulitzer Prize for literature and ousted Nora Roberts out of the number one position on the NYT best sellers list. She was thrilled for me. The romance theme she could have done without, though. With every consecutive book after that first one she'd ask me the same question: "When are you going to write a real book?" (are you aware that romance novels are not Real Books?) She wasn't a fan of "mushy scenes" and didn't approve of love-making scenes. "Why do you have to write those?" she asked. "Everyone knows what goes on in a bedroom. You don't have to give us all those details."
Yet, despite my mom's occasional criticism of my works, her pride in me and what I accomplished never waned. Her friends told me she bragged about me, My Daughter, The Author and passed out my business cards everywhere she went - from grocery store to church - always had copies of my books in the car and would talk up my latest book (with the whispered warning, "She writes THOSE kinds of books," cough, cough).
As much as my mother didn't care for the romantic plots she loved my writing and she admitted to being quite taken by a few of my male protagonists, especially Grant and Ethan. "If only they were real," she sighed, and was quick to add, "Don't tell your father I said that!" That memory makes me smile.
Last month, Twister, the third book in my Games People Play series, was released. Mom would be thrilled with how many scenes Ethan Chamberlain has the spotlight. And that they're not too mushy. Well, not all of them.
What does your mother think of your books?
Polly posts on RB4U's blog on the second of every month. You can find out more about her and her books at her website: www.pollymccrillis.com
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