A Letter from Melissa Bourbon
You can never predict where your interests will take you, or
what path they will provide for you to follow. Love for my
husband and his Mexican culture led me to create the Lola
Cruz mystery series.
I never imagined I’d write a second series, and I
certainly never imagined that learning to sew when I was in
elementary school would factor into the concept behind that
Sewing takes determination, fine motor skills, patience, and
sheer will to learn — especially when you’re
young. And I had those things. I was a homebody, even
then, and sewing quickly turned into one of my favorite
things to do. If Project Runway had been around then...
Fast forward to post-college. I spent hour after hour
making the bridesmaids dresses for my wedding—and I
had 7 bridesmaids in a very traditional ceremony! A few
years later, we were having kids and I sewed and dressed my
children in homemade wonders, which make them burst out in
laughter over now. “Mom! We looked like
I’m not inordinately skilled at sewing, so simple
works best ;) Baggie one-piece outfits were my specialty
for a while. And infant and toddler clothes should have
tons of color!
I also love magical realism and pretty much wish it was the
way the world really worked. And old outlaws like Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? There’s just something
about them that gives me a thrill.
So (sew) when it came time, eons later, to develop a book
concept, sewing was the first thing that popped into my
mind. I added a touch of magic, and a few old outlaws, and,
voila! A Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series was born.
I love Harlow Cassidy’s world, intertwining history
and ancestry with her contemporary life, and most of all, I
love all the books on fashion I’ve had an excuse to
buy... all in the name of research!
DEADLY PATTERNS is the third book in the series and
I’m so excited to share Harlow’s continued
journey in Bliss, Texas. You don’t have to love
sewing in order to be spellbound by the series. I hope you