The Mitford Series (A lot of books.)
Now that a few people have had time to digest Hot Cross Buns, we're starting to get some feedback. Our Amazon reviews show something like 12 five-star ratings! I feel a little like Peggy O'Melveny, a really smart girl I went through Catholic grade and high school with. Incessantly, she earned stars across the top of her homework. (I didn't.)
Anyway, more than a few people have compared HCB to Jan Karon's infamous Mitford Series. I say infamous because she has sold something like 20 million books. Some suggest Judy and I write a sequel like Jan did. It seems some readers have gotten to know our characters kind of like they got to know a new pal at summer camp and want to know how they are doing.
That is a huge compliment, but come now -- that is a lot of books!
If Judy and I were to dive into this series thing, we surely would have to speed up our writing. Remember, HCB took us six years to write. You do the math. Yeah, six-feet under and/or healthy rose bushes come to mind.
What is ever so helpful, however, is we now have something to say when asked what kind of book HCB is. You know this has been a stumbling block for us. Well, now we can say "Some think it's like the Mitford Series." Then, we quietly add "Just substitute the east coast with the west coast; Episcopalian with Catholic; throw in titch of profanity, one rather devious/tartlette woman and a black dog, and that's just for starters."
Aside from these literary differences, there also are substantive differences between the writing team of Rogers and Porter and Jan Karon.
Jan Karon in a parade in (I'm guessing) Mitford
(If you squint, she kind of looks like Nancy Reagan.)
I kind of doubt Judy and I will be in a parade anytime soon.
That said, I'm tickled anyone would think HCB would occupy the same bookstore real estate as the Mitford Series.