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Whoa! I suddenly turned around, and it was November! I’m thinking the months are wearing soft, soft slippers, as I so rarely hear them coming and going these days. October passed by mostly in a writing haze. The best news isn’t that I turned another year older (although that beats the alternative!), but that I turned in the first draft of Walk a Crooked Line the very morning of my birthday. I think it’s the loveliest gift I have given myself since giving birth to Emily. Ha ha. Even better is that my editor loved it and deemed it the “perfect” follow-up to Walk Into Silence. Whew! I wish I could rest on my laurels, but the perfect follow-up doesn’t mean the perfect book. So, I’m already diving into revisions and hoping to get the second draft turned in soon. Writing is a lot like motherhood. Nobody ever lets you rest for long!
Speaking of motherhood, I’m having a ball volunteering at Emily’s school, learning the ropes at the library and in her classroom, and getting to know her classmates. I got to be the Mystery Reader recently, and the kids had three clues to guess who was waiting outside the door: (1) She loves the color green; (2) She has written more than 20 books; and (3) Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her crazy-fun daughter. The teacher said a couple kids besides Emily guessed it was me! So, that was cool. And, later, Emily remarked, “I didn’t know you’d written over twenty books, Mom.” Sometimes, it’s hard for me to believe it as well. Anyway, I loved playing storyteller, and I’m looking forward to doing it again!
Gratuitous book plugs: if you’re a new reader who found me because of Walk Into Silence, there’s more where that came from, albeit not quite as dark! I also write two kinder and gentler series: The River Road Mysteries, that feature senior sleuth Helen Evans, and The Debutante Dropout Mysteries, starring high society misfit Andy Kendricks and her blue-blooded mother Cissy. The latest Helen book is Come Helen High Water, which was out this past summer. It is currently available in paperback, audio, and e-book, as is Say Yes to the Death, the sixth installment in Andy and Cissy’s series. Just go to my Mystery page to find out more about all my titles, with easy-peasy links to order.
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Hope you all are enjoying the fall weather. I almost thought it would never get here! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!