Murder by Flowers

No sex, no money: Famed author sets strict limits in Houston interview — and shares Secret Service tales

No sex, no money: Famed author sets strict limits in Houston interview

11 0569 Joanne King Herring, left, and Barbara Taylor Bradford at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Joanne King Herring, left, and Barbara Taylor Bradford. Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 0398 Barbara Bush and Ernie Manouse at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Barbara Bush and Ernie Manouse. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 0392 Bob Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford, from left, and Maria and Neil Bush at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Bob Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford, from left, and Maria with Neil Bush. Photo by © Kim Coffman
14 0646 NAME, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Many Kao, left, and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Kim Coffman
13 0608 Marie Bosarge, left, and Philamena Baird at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Marie Bosarge, left, and Philamena Baird. Photo by © Kim Coffman
12 0585 Donae Chramosta , left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Donae Chramosta, left, and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 NAMES at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Tracy Faulkner, left, and Chau Nguyen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
5 0348 Alex Blair, left, and name at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Alex Blair, left, and Rini Ziegler. Photo by © Kim Coffman
4 0340 name, from left, Michael Pearce and name at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Anika Jackson, from left, Michael Pearce and Dena Piano Winkler. Photo by © Kim Coffman
3 0256 Joanne King Herring, left, and Penny Lloyd at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Joanne King Herring, left, and Penny Lloyd. Photo by © Kim Coffman
11 0569 Joanne King Herring, left, and Barbara Taylor Bradford at the Women's Home tea April 2015
7 0398 Barbara Bush and Ernie Manouse at the Women's Home tea April 2015
6 0392 Bob Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford, from left, and Maria and Neil Bush at the Women's Home tea April 2015
14 0646 NAME, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015
13 0608 Marie Bosarge, left, and Philamena Baird at the Women's Home tea April 2015
12 0585 Donae Chramosta , left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015
10 NAMES at the Women's Home tea April 2015
5 0348 Alex Blair, left, and name at the Women's Home tea April 2015
4 0340 name, from left, Michael Pearce and name at the Women's Home tea April 2015
3 0256 Joanne King Herring, left, and Penny Lloyd at the Women's Home tea April 2015

Don't ask famed best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford to discuss money or her sex life. Those subjects were taboo in a free-ranging interview with the author conducted by Joanne King Herring at the Four Seasons Hotel in a tea and conversation event benefiting the Women's Home.

Among her numerous revelations, Bradford shared that she keeps track of the myriad characters in her 30 novels by storing them on note cards in a Manolo Blahnik shoe box. She also talked about her penchant for using flowers as murder weapons and vessels for poison. 

A special friend of the author, Barbara Bush, was in the audience of 150. Her presence led Bradford to recall the first time that she met the former first lady. She fell down the stairs only to be caught by the Secret Service. Bush was said to remark, "Well, that's usually me that falls." Adding spice to the afternoon, Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse fielded questions for Bradford from the audience.

Bradford was in Houston in conjunction with publication of her latest book, The Cavendon Women. Autographed copies were presented to sponsors and special guests.

Among fans of the prolific author on hand were Beth Madison, Maria and Neil Bush, Margaret Alkek Williams, Karina Barbieri, Mica Mosbacher, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Fran Fawcett Peterson, Betty Hrncir, Michael Pearce, Divya Brown and Penny Loyd.

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