Interview with Novelists Mary Maloney & Ed Markel (The Menopause Murders)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

Mary Maloney & Ed Markel: A codependent housewife who feels worthless and ignored is transformed into a confident, successful artist when menopause broadsides her. Trouble is, she happens to kill a bunch of people along the way, and her husband, lead homicide detective, is hot on the tail of the Tacoma Terror.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Dark comedy/mystery/women’s fiction

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Insanely hilarious

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Strictly Ballroom

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?


7. What motivated you to write this story?

Four years of hell (menopause) and the need for some comic relief.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I wouldn’t want to eat dinner or do anything with a dead person! How could you ask that?

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Labs, wine, chocolate, my grandkids. Not necessarily in that order.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

To hear how someone might interpret and portray the character.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Do you have a few weeks? Short answer: learn the craft well before attempting to write a novel.

Watch the Novel Transcript Reading: 

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Performed by Danielle Nicole

Logline: When Debbi Dickerson, mousy codependent housewife and mother of two teens, enters the black hole of menopause, watch out. No one is safe from her hormonal rage, and when the dead bodies start piling up, her misogynist husband, Jerry—lead homicide detective on the Tacoma police force—starts to suspect his wife.

Genre: Dark Comedy/Caper

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