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I admit it. I’ve been a bad, bad girl. I haven’t updated the front page since December. December! It’s June, people. What could have kept me so busy that I didn’t update this page for six months?
I’d like to sum it all up as this, that, and the other thing.
I’ve been trying to finish the fourth book in the Peri Minneopa Mystery series. (For those of you who look on Amazon and say, but you’ve already got four books up, CLEAN SWEEP is a short story. It doesn’t count.)
This fourth book is putting a huge chunk of my heart on the page. It’s not just another clever, light romp of a mystery. It’s important and I need it to be everything I want it to be. Does that make sense?
So the writing has been slow. I’m almost finished with the draft, but I feel like I can’t even rush the writing that I’m going to be editing two weeks after I finish.
But I want to have a book out this year. For an author, especially an author-publisher, it’s important.
Coincidentally, this is a year of milestones for me. I have been writing my column for the Placentia News-Times for 10 years. I have been involved with the Placentia Library for 5 years. This gives me a couple of anniversaries to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate them than with a book of my columns?
How about THREE books of my columns? They will all debut at my booth at the Placentia Heritage Day Festival, all to honor and celebrate my P-Town readers. I’m working on the cover art with my designer, Joe, at the moment. Stay tuned for more info.
The other thing:
My visit in April to the Los Angeles Times Book Festival was eye-opening. Usually, I’m there as a seller and spend the whole time in the booth, convincing strangers to try my books. This time, I was the buyer, wandering from booth to booth and observing what draws people in. It gave me a lot of insights, including ideas for sprucing up my own booth, making it a consumer-magnet. I’m looking forward to trying out my new design in October!
Where will I be next?
June 25–29: My role as a Placentia Library District Trustee is taking me to San Francisco, to the American Library Association Convention. I plan to take in a lot of presentations, dig through the vendors looking for cool stuff, and come back with a head full of knowledge and ideas. However, I’m also going to sign and give away books at the Sisters in Crime booth on Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. If you’re at the convention, look me up!
Sept. 25–27: I’ll be teaching at the Southern California Writers Conference in Irvine. If you want to improve your writing or investigating publishing options or meet with agents, this is the place to be. Here’s the scoop — http://writersconference.com/la/
October 3: I’ll be your emcee for the day at the 2nd annual Ladies of Intrigue event. Three panels, two guest speakers, all fabulous women authors with something interesting to say. For more information, go here - http://www.ocsistersincrime.org/index.htm
October 10: Placentia’s Heritage Day will be here! I’ll be in my booth, just as soon as I’ve put on my tiara and waved to everyone while I ride in the parade. It starts around 9 a.m. and is ever-so-much fun! I can’t wait!
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!