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This mother just adores a good murder

Between diaper changes and soccer games, author churns out mysteries

June 22, 2003|By Dana Klosner-Wehner | Dana Klosner-Wehner,Special to the Sun

"She's a powerhouse," Rabineau said. "Her writing has so much heart and truth to it."

Maria Brandt, a fan from Berkeley, Calif., says: "Ayelet's writing is humorous without being cloying. Her characters are real people that are fun to spend some time with. Her plots are clear and convincing. Her mysteries are a lighter read for darker times."

Why does Waldman continue to be an at-home mom? "Even though it can be tough being a mom, I am at my happiest when there is complete chaos in the house," she said, "when Zeke is practicing his Kung Fu moves and Sophie is dancing, and the baby is trying to get into something. I love the noise."

In some ways you can compare writing and motherhood, she said.

"With my kids it's amazing to watch them do something well and be confident," she said. "With writing you get the sense of creating something and, for the few moments that you really think it's good, it's incredible."

Waldman's characters are mothers because she herself is obsessed with being a mother.

"I wouldn't be a writer if I didn't have children," she said. "I am most grateful to them for leading me to this thing I'm doing that I love so much."

"Everything I do is about being a mother," she added. "It's all I ever think about. Even when I'm writing."


An excerpt from Death Gets a Time-Out by Ayelet Waldman (Berkley Publishing Group, $22.95) due out in July:

"I blame the children," I said as I crammed myself into a cocktail dress that I'd last worn long before Isaac had made his appearance. If it weren't for the fact that every woman I knew was suffering from the same ailment, I would have seriously considered having an MRI. What is it about childbearing that lowers a fog over the brains of normally intelligent women? Here we all are, competent professionals, used to managing companies, handling crises, hiring and firing people, and now we stumble through our days with yesterday's underwear peeping out the leg of our slacks. Or maybe it's just me. Maybe all the other moms juggle carpool, lunch boxes, doctors' appointments, piano lessons, religious school, parent-teacher conferences, karate, diaper changes, soccer and babysitters with the same aplomb they brought to graduate school and appellate arguments. Maybe I'm the only one with drifts of unwashed laundry taking over the living room and toilet paper stuck to her shoe."

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