Later this month, my first digital novella will release. Like the rest of the Death and Taxes series, Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch features IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway and her gang. In the novella, Tara’s new clutch purse makes a great place for her to stash her gun and handcuffs while she fights crime and debates how to even the score with an old flame who did her wrong. The clutch’s sequined bulls-eye pattern is total Tara.
The type of purse a woman carries and its contents say a lot about her, don’t they? Fortune tellers and psychologists could learn everything about a woman from her purse.
When I first started carrying a tiny little blue jean purse in 5th grade I had to search for things to put in it. A Bonnie Bell lip smacker. A ballpoint pen. Spare change. A comb. Fast forward to high school and college when I had dozens of purses in all different shapes, sizes, and colors to coordinate with my outfits, including a sexy clutch or two. Gotta be in fashion , right, and a glittery clutch just says "Fun!" At that point, my purses contained a quarter for the payphone, my fake id, and lip gloss in case I happened to meet the guy of my dreams.
Once I got married and had kids, my purse became an over-sized carry-all that housed a half dozen Hot Wheels, a Barbie or two, and “mom” things like coupons, tissues, Band-Aids, and granola bars. A few years later, as I juggled my roles as a tax adviser, aspiring author, and PTA officer, my sturdy, utilitarian purse became a mobile filing cabinet filled with manuscript drafts, paper clips, a calculator, and never-ending “to do” lists.
I recently bought my first nice purse that I’ve had in years, a Coach bag scored 40% off at the outlets. It’s a great style that crosses over the chest, leaving the hands free for shopping, texting, and mixed martial arts, perfect for a busy woman on the go. One glance inside my purse and you’ll find ultra fine Sharpie pens and stickers for my book signings, a cell phone loaded with great books to read on the fly, and a very worn Staples rewards card used to buy zillions of printer cartridges.
Tell us about your purse-onality. What does your purse say about you? Do you carry a sexy, carefree clutch or something more practical? Is there something funny or unusual in your purse? Do you change purses with each outfit, or do you normally carry the same purse every day? One lucky commenter will win a free digital copy of Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch. Check back at 9 pm central time to see if you’ve won!