After a brief holiday hiatus, #twitterviews are back: 5 questions, 5 answers, all in under 1400 characters. Today, we hear from Mette Ivie Harrison: mother of five, PhD holder in Germanic Languages, nationally-ranked triathlete, and author of the recently released mystery, The Bishop's Wife. The novel follows Linda Wallheim, Mormon mother of five and wife of a Mormon Bishop (hence the ... well, you get it) as she delves into the disappearance of a young mother. Published by the Soho Press imprint, Soho Crime, the novel has already garnered praise as an IndieNext Selection, a library Reads Selection, a Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book, and a New York Times Notable Book. So yesterday, I sat down (figuratively) and chatted (tweeted) with the woman whose bio is so good it sounds made up.
Question 1: Could any writer beat you in an Iron Man competition?
Question 2: How much is the main character like you?
Question 3: How has the Mormon community reacted to the book?
Question 4: Is this a planned series?
Question 5: Which of your amazing accomplishments was the hardest?
The Bishop's Wife is out now. Please, do yourself a favor and check it out. Brilliant mystery, but an even more brilliant examination of motherhood, feminism, and Mormonism. Harrison has definitely started something;, and, judging from her hobbies, I have a feeling she'll see it through.
And now for one of my more favorite #twitterviews quotes:
"Book 2 is ... about the murder of a transgender Mormon."
--Mette Ivie Harrison
You had me at transgender Mormon. I'm in.