Chapter 7

THE CALL TO DUTY

With the eager support of legions of fans, Mabel Maney is currently writing her fourth Nancy Clue book, a Cherry Aimless story. Although she personally prefers to write dialogue and describe fashions, she wants to improve the mystery plots in her future books, as some of Mabel's most loyal fans are die-hard mystery readers. But ultimately, Mabel, who says she is "bitter about love," considers the Nancy Clue series a parody of romance fiction.

Mabel prefers to leave explicit sex out of her books. "They are more about desire, anticipation, and flirting," she says. "I'm a blusher!"

And what does the future have in store for our heroine? Cherry Aimless' character will grow ever more wise and earn her pal Jackie's love.