Where Have You Been? When's the Next Book Coming Out?

OK, OK, I admit it. It's been a long time since I've touched base with my beloved readers. I feel plenty guilty about it. But I've had good reason.

The last couple of years have been rife with family health issues that pulled my head in a direction far away from writing. Then, in August, I had a total hip replacement. I didn't think it would be a good idea to write through an opioid-induced fog. Actually, it might have been a good idea, but I  didn't do it.

Now I'm off most drugs and my family's health is great. I'm eager to get back to writing.

The fourth book likely will not be about our intrepid reporter, Skeeter Hughes. She needs to take a break. No, the next one I'm calling THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE. Here's the premise. 

A lady is  95 years-old and dying. She has  outlived all her relatives and three bridge partners. She's been ready to die for a very long time. 

She abruptly sits up in bed and says to her hospice nurse, "How are we going to feed all these people?"
"What people?" asks the nurse. 
"There must be a 100 people there," says the old lady. "See them?" 
"In my line of work that's what we call The Welcoming Committee," says the nurse.

The Welcoming Committee will explore the woman's life through the eyes of the people she has met during a time when women's lives have changed dramatically.