In Australia, you're sort of around the corner, although it's a very wet corner, from Bangkok, where my Poke Rafferty books take place. If you go, though, I wouldn't recommend that you use Poke's book "Looking for Trouble in Thailand" as your guide.
By the way, Poke's got his own site, complete with Bangkok blog. It's www.pokerafferty.com.
Welcome aboard Karen, hope you get a chance to tell others about my books and sign up for my author newsletter off the homepage of my site. wwww.rickmofina.com I have a small, loyal and growing following in Australia. I'm hoping it'll grow more when my new stand alone thriller ISX SECONDS hits stands there early in 2009. All the best,
Love the new look for the Aust Crime website Karen - going to have a look now. Living in London has made it difficult to keep on top of what's hot in Aussie crime - the website is definitely going to fill in the gaps. Who's super hot right now?
BTW - love the Aussie Terriers - used to have one called Benny - his hair would always catch burs and get knotty!! Loved him to bits.
Wow! And we just had a first frost in Alaska, killing some of the flowers in the window box (darn!). We usually get winter fast, then Indian summer hits for a bit, and then it's back to winter. We also only get about 3 hours of daylight (noon-3 pmish) in December. It feels cold, dark, and very isolated in December unless you have snowmachines or cross country ski's or cabins or bush planes with ski's to escape to some wood-burning stove. Mushing is also a great thing and a way to escape Alaska's winters... and we love the ice rink in town center all lit up, although I can't skate worth a hoot, I take my son and hold him up.. but he'll be 7 this winter and will likely be holding me up! We also get Northern Lights - truly awesome. But can't imagine it being near the end of winter and it's tough when it's dry and water's at a premium! My husband grew up here and never learned about water shortages, so leaves the faucets on and takes 2 showers a day and has no concept!! I used to own a ranch in the high desert area of Southwest Colorado and paid for water rights and oh boy, it's changed me for life!
Thanks for the scoop on Dymocks! I'll check out their site. And a great thing is that it will be B'con time there a whole day before it actually starts here! On the other hand, you'll think it's all over and we'll still have another day to go!
Laughing so hard - it definitely can make our brains hurt!!! (time zones). I just had a note from an author in Alaska and I told him that in some ways it was so great to talk to someone in my own time zone! Is Dymocks an online bookstore, too? Saw your post and was wondering. Never heard of it before.
Hi Karen - thank you (about the B'con congrats) - and probably there's a buzz cos we're doing things we don't think have been done before. But that's the catch! Many of us are involved with B'con for the first time, so don't know what usually IS done - so think it will be exciting just because it's going to be so different. But it's a daily thing and we're also (most of us) all working our usual day jobs. In fact, I'm starting a new one on Monday after 9 years in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The new one is a different agency, but more writing and editing (yip!). I may even get to work more on those kid's books, which is truly great. Anyway, I'm waving from Alaska! It's only 7:30 pm here Wed., but is already tomorrow on this site. Haven't figured out the time difference yet between here and Aussie and here and Europe. Great dog pics above!
After the Olympics, we actually got two days and one night (sounds like a movie) in Melbourne where our Aussie taxi driver, bless his convict bones, stopped waiting for a very late Fabio so he would meet us at the airport.
D'day. The wife and I were in Sydney for the Olympics and loved it. Those who didn't were immediately dispatched to the Outback, which they certainly deserved. Loved the people and have an old friend who is married to an American and lives in Manly. En route to the games, I told him I looked forward to visiting the land down under, where women glow and men chunder. He promised not to. Of possible interest, a novel of mine, Sharpshooter, is coming out in CD ROM from L&R Hartley, an Australina outfit.
Welcome. Geographic point. Where I live is almost exactly on a dead line though the center of the earth, as opposite as can be from Perth, where we'll be going next year. Everyone, once in a lifetime, should visit the place on the globe antipodal to them, no?
I see you are from Melbourne. I will be in Australia visiting my daughter who will be working at the Shakespeare Globe Centre in Sydney from Aug to late Nov this year. I will be there from 30 Nov until 11 Dec and then on to NZ where my son lives. Not sure what we are doing while I am there but maybe a trip to Melbourne would be good and we could meet. I am ignorant about Australian crime writers, can you suggest any I should read before I come over?