Thanks for visiting the blog, Laura. I've been absent because life got in the way but I hope to ramp up the actual blogging again. (Seems the paying work gets more exercise, Yes?) It's an endlessly fascinating topic though. Now all I need to do is have my agent sell the book proposal on it and I can write >daily< with a good conscience.
Yes, culture shock. The first sign I saw when I got here was: Hep Ur Sef (I was hoping that there wouldn't be more phonetic spellings). But, you know, come to think of it, these have now been adapted for today's license plates, haven't they? Ha!
Hi Andrea, Thanks for the invite. The puppy is an amazing Bull Terrier we had named Yappy. Unfortunately because of allergies we had to find the little guy a new home. The Big Dig was a messs, but is pretty much cleaned up now. About the 10 years to get the Fast Lane published, it was more a matter of sticking it in a drawer and not thinking about it, and then got lucky and was able to do something with it.
Yes, we met and worked with clay, reconstructing skulls and such. I made the ugliest ear in the class!! I kept all my notes and handouts ... somewhere. Thanks for the heads up on promotion. Susan McB is a good friend, but she's busy doing little things like planning her wedding! Good stuff after all she's been through. Take care, L
Actually, Ziggy is a Helping Hands monkey and is now the helper/companion for a quadriplegic. Yes, after 13 years she went to college in Boston (their headquarters) and is a fine example of what bonding and love can do to make someone's life better and brighter.
Thanks for noticing her though, I am so very proud of my little girl (and I didn't have to pay for her college!)
So glad you stopped by. Had I known I would have poured you a Southern iced tea (with a little pizzazz perhaps?)
Thanks for the invite into the genre pool. I'm actually going to attend a week-long intensive writing session with my friend, agent Donald Maass, in June. I figure a week away from the family in a lodge-type resort with other motivated individuals should get my thriller under way big time so I'm making the commitment. (I do have an extensive outline already, by the way.)
I often wonder though, how often the "jealousy" bug bites authors when their new contemporaries join their genre or do really well? I mean everyone has always been very nice to me but I admit to being jealous of successful friends on occasion. (One of my friends is Diane Fanning and she needs to clone herself she is so hot!)
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS on your RT award for Best Debut Mystery of 2006!! I think that was probably no small feat.
I'm excited about meeting this new Fiction Crew. Oh, Susan McBride asked me to do the panel on "The CSI Effect" on Friday, the 27th, at 3:00 PM (I hope you'll come if you're not likewise engaged) so I do have some friends that are doing well (I'm driving to Houston with Charlaine Harris and we know she is doing GREAT). I guess you could say I kind of have good mentors (psychologically) anyway, and I'd like to make an entrance into the field. Thanks for laying out the welcome mat. If I can do what you seem to have accomplished, I'll be happy.
By the way, I heard RT can get a little wild. (Like cover models walking around with their shirts off and schtick like that--can't wait.)
I'm going to be working on three novels over the rest of this year and am a little apprehensive about the process. Oh, it's not so much the writing but the changing of brain direction from nonfiction to fiction, and the fact that I'm leaving a book business quite different from what I've sold previously. I mean, is there a future for me in mystery-suspense fiction? I don't know the field is so crowded, it's rather daunting.