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Top Drawer News — The inspiration of birds

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Here in Carpenter Country, we are often inspired by our flying feathered friends. And we’re not the only ones.

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Over on our Top Drawer Ink website this week, author Janet Garber talks about the inspiration behind Gladys, the parrot-woman gladiator in Janet’s comic novel, Dream Job.

Click here to read about Janet’s book, and the bird that inspired a character in that book.

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In this week’s book bubble, we talk about the role bluebirds played as inspiration for our cozy mystery, A Cause for Murder.

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter


We wrote about that inspiration in The Case of the Missing Bluebird several years ago, in a post on Susan Leigh Noble’s blog. Our post starts like this:

We were going to say we like mysteries. But that’s not the whole truth. We like solving mysteries. We learned that last spring, when an avian murder took place in Carpenter Country.

The backstory for the mystery that turned us into amateur sleuths began in April when two bluebirds met at the garden fountain.

We enjoyed re-reading this blast from the past, and we hope you will too.

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter


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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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