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Writing Humor into Fiction with Joani Elliott

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DIALOGUE Between the Lines

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Joani Elliott is very good at cartwheels, imitating Disney Princesses, and making soup. She grew up with six sisters and two brothers and can easily apply make-up using the toaster as a mirror. She has taught middle school English (a little like playing Wac-a-Mole) and writing at Brigham Young University and the University of Maryland. Her husband and she are the parents of two daughters. Joani and her family live in Utah by the mountains, next to a lake and a river.


Sara Grayson is a 32-year-old, part-time greeting card writer about to land the toughest writing assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother, a world-famous suspense novelist, Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her wildly popular Ellery Dawson series. Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can’t fathom writing a book for 30 million fans—not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock.  But in a bold move that surprises even her, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find—secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy—and the very book she’s trying to create.