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Saturday, October 03, 2009



There are a couple of scrapbooking mystery series that are certainly cheesy and poorly written. However, Joanna Slan's new series does not fit into that category. I am not a book critic but I was a librarian for 30 years and I am an avid reader of both serious and fluffy books. I was pleasantly surprised by Joanna's novels and I would highly recommend them.


Well, we all know some scrapping is a lot kitschier than others... I guess it's the *association* of kitschiness.

Joanna Campbell Slan

I take both scrapbooking and writing a novel very seriously. I did my best to pay homage to the wonderful women I've met in this craft. Their love of family and friends deserves respect. Paper, Scissors, Death was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. This nomination introduced a lot of readers to the craft. As a result, I've had a lot of people tell me they have a whole new respect for scrapbooking. I hope so! That certainly was my intent.


When I enjoy something, I have learned not to give a crap what other people think of me enjoying it.
I like shallow novels.
I can read them late at night when I am tired and my brain doesn't have to be "on."
I like scrapbooking.
I even use Paperkins!
(There. I said it.)
I still like coloring with new crayolas in a kids coloring book.
I find it therapeudic.
While I don't understand why some folks collected Beanie Babies, or other folks crochet dolls that conceal extra toilet paper rolls, I will never begrudge someone something they enjoy doing.

That being said, I think I need to check out those books. I bet I would like them.

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