Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mandy Behbehani: Blasphemy Box

Josie Ann, who has kindly invited me to write a guest post for her blog, asked me to talk about the blasphemy box and if I’ve ever used one before. I have not used one, or indeed ever heard of one before. It was my own invention! I tend to swear a little more than I should, and as I have Maddy say in the book, “I come from England where cursing is the second language.” Maddy’s soon-to-be-ex- and very sanctimonious husband, Steven, doesn’t like Maddy’s rich language and acquires a wooden box, puts it on the kitchen table and orders her to drop a quarter into it every time she says something off color. To Maddy, that box symbolizes everything that is wrong with her marriage, and demonstrates how she is leaving it well and truly behind.

About the Author

Mandy Behbehani grew up and was educated in England. Her first short story was published when she was twelve and she has been scribbling away ever since, as a journalist and now a novelist. She holds a degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and, over her career, served as West Coast correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and W magazine, as an on-air reporter at KTVU-TV and, for a decade, as the fashion editor and features writer for the Hearst San Francisco Examiner where she won awards for feature writing. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Town & County magazine, the San Jose Mercury News and Travel & Leisure magazine. She lives in California, and, when she's not in front of her computer, she can be found reading a good book, and hiking the open space that surrounds her home with her yellow Lab, Lalou.

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