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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome to 2016, a year of changes. But seriously, what year isn’t?
The 4th Peri Book:
Is finally in the editing phase, as in, my delightful but stern editor, Jennifer Silva Redmond is reading it as we speak and running the bad parts through with her red-tipped sword. I’m still planning to have this out by Spring 2016, or at least by June. At the moment, what I really want is a title for the book. That would help.
There are still books on my shelves:
In honor of my 10th anniversary writing my column, I released three (yes, THREE, count ‘em, THREE) books of my columns last year. I now have 10 books to my name. Click on my AUTHOR tab in the banner above to see them all, grouped appropriately.
What else is going on?
Golly, this year is going to be full of such promise. I’m hoping to share it all with you. In the meantime, here are a couple of links to some interesting information:
First, an exhortation to you writers out there - http://goinswriter.com/the-difference-between-good-writers-and-bad-writers/
It reminds me of something I heard Willard Scott say once: “If you’re green, you’re growing, and if you think you’re ripe, you’re rotten.” Grow, writers. Stay green and grow.
Second, where do writers get their ideas? Here’s an article guaranteed to perk up any mystery writer’s imagination — https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/01/11/think-twice-before-answering-that-ad-101-killers-have-found-victims-on-craigslist/
January 24: Join me at our monthly Orange County Sisters in Crime meeting, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Community Room (Disclaimer: Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District’s meeting rooms that are made available as a public service).
This month, we’re kicking things off with our Forensics Fest. We’ll hear from D.P. (Doug) Lyle, Dennis Palumbo, and David Putnam, who will be discussing, “Dark Motivations: What Makes Bad Guys Tick?”
If you love reading or writing mysteries/suspense/thrillers, and you live in or near Orange County (that’s California), please join us! There is no charge for the meeting, although you will be invited to join our organization. Here’s a link to our website - http://www.ocsistersincrime.org/index.htm
February 12–13: I’ll be teaching at the Southern California Writers Conference in San Diego. If you want to improve your writing or investigate publishing options or meet with agents, this is the place to be. Think it’s expensive? Stop that. This is an investment in your writing, an opportunity to network, to meet the agent who will want to represent your book, when it’s finished, and the experts who will tell you what “finished” means. Here’s the scoop - http://writersconference.com/sd/
February 21: Another Sunday, another month, means another OC Sisters in Crime. In February, we have a special event. Stay tuned for more information.
March 5: The Placentia Library Friends Foundation will be hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Placentia Library Author’s Luncheon. This year’s guest is the talented and vibrant Lisa See, and I get to be one of the celebrity waiters again. I’m going out on a limb this year and buying an entire table. That’s 10 seats! If you want to come along, contact me. Tickets are $55. Here’s the flyer - http://www.placentialibrary.org/sites/default/files/event-flyers/LisaSee.pdf
That’s all for now, but check back when you can. I’ll be posting some semi-important news soon.
BTW, if you want to listen to me ramble aimlessly about writing, I’ve been privileged to be a guest on two shows. You can check them out here:
• Garrett Miller’s Blogtalk Radio show, RatedGRadio. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/garrettmiller/2013/09/13/rated-g-radio
• Jason Matthews’ Google+ Show, Indie Authors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yOT9ZY4TnA
The mysteries and humor are all still available and selling as ebooks and paperbacks. Take a tour of my author page on Amazon, pick out your favorite, and start reading immediately. Why wait?
Where will I be next?
Stay tuned… I’ll post more as I book ‘em.
In the meantime,
Keep reading, Peeps!