Your basket series sounds like fun. I review for NewMysteryReader.com and if I get your books, will read them with pleasure. Many publishers won't spring for the cost of sending a book to Australia, so I don't get a lot of main-line ones except through Hatchette, who seem to like my reviews. I'm frantically sorting and packing at the moment, getting ready for a trip to the UK and US next week and am juggling that with working out my new book with my new artist. I run a small publishing house that does the "Scoot, Scoot, Bandicoot"series, and our illustrator announced she was worn out, so I am having to find a new one. Fortunately an art student stopped by my table at a recent fair and she looks talented as far as I can tell from the sketches she's shown me. Question now is can a 19 year old student tackle the commitment of 20 or so illustrations? She actually wants to have a career as an illustrator, so this might be a match made in heaven. Am also working on a collection of short non-fiction light humour pieces that have appeared in some local magazines over the years--there's a rough copy up on my website as a freebie for "Read an E-book Week", but the final version of "A Tree in Mundaring" will have some B&W sketches as chapter headers and a different cover. I have decided there's too much negativity and mindless repetition of doom and gloom by the media, so I'm staking the savings on expanding the Quenda Books product line and getting out to more sales venues. Next plan is to reprint "The Angelus Ghost" and get "Death in the Sea of Grass" into hard print after its life as an e-book with Books Unbound, who were going to publish in print but seem to have run aground on the shoals of apathy. Regards, Karen Treanor (www.bandicoot-books.com)
I was planning on Thrillerfest, but thinking now I may just have to settle for the Sisters in Crime conference in LA this summer. Next year I will certainly do Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime as they are both in California. No excuse for missing out when they're in my home state. How about you?
Oh, yes. I found a copy of your first book on our shelves at the library. It exactly what I love to read. I started it over a personal pizza at target. Followed by a vente americano on ice at starbucks. Thank you for being my friend. Just curious, did you have an affair with your personal trainer?
Thanks for responding to my discussion on "creative license". But, why not leave in the plot elements and take out all the violence, sex, profanity and other things that interfere with the storyline (and doesn't add to it). That's what's pounded into a writer's brain whenever we write a book. I like to use my own imagination in intimate situations. And profanity NEVER adds to anything.
Death will get you sober is the first actual book I have read in quite awhile. I couldn't put it down!! I am use to reading daily devotions for spiritual growth and peace of mind type books. I have a hard time sitting still and always on the go. I am scheduled to have surgery next month and I will have about 4 weeks of recovery. I thought what a perfect time to get my hands on some great crime/mystery books. I plan on getting A Read BasketCase. Do you have any favorites you could recommend??
Hey lady! Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm so glad to be back from Iraq & getting back to life. I wish you continued good fortune in your writing. I would love to write a mytery based in Iraq but have never gotten past page one. *grins* Take care. Ms. Kay & "Cranberry"