Jane - Brad Pitt, or the open pit mine - although we've got plenty. I hope you got down here to Southern Arizona, which is truly beautiful (she said as she sat outside on the terrace typing on her laptop.) I checked out the Kay-El Bar Ranch in Wickenburg - and wish I could go!
All my relatives live in England, New Zealand and Australia. Whereabouts do you live?
Hi Jake... I was attracted by your photo, and then read on and loved your list of films as well. I took my aged mother on a road trip around Arizona last October - we had such a good time. A bit like Thelma and Louise but without the rape and murder. Or Brad Pitt.
No she doesn't know about the contest, as far as I know. I've been really pleased with the entrants so far. One school librarian hopes to win, thinking her high school students will like it. It's a blind draw though. (My husband picks the winners.) And, I had some entrants who have never entered before because I mentioned it on FictionL. That's not the place to mention contests, normally, but the subject fit into a current topic of underappreciated mysteries.
Unfortunately, I don't have any friends in Tucson. Everyone I know in AZ is in the Glendale/Phoenix area. But, good luck on the 20th!
Thanks, Lesa - I apprecite so much your telling me that. Sometimes it seems as if our books go out into a vacuum, and we don't get a lot of feedback. And good feedback is especially appreciated!
Liz is fantatic, isn't she? I dedicated DARK SIDE to her, and for a very good reason. She was instrumental in getting me to the place where I could write that series. Does she know about your contest? She and I and the other two Southwest Crime Insters will be speaking at SSA's Sunday event on May 20th, so maybe you could spread the word to your Tucson friends.
If nothing else, I hope to meet you when you're up here for something for The Poisoned Pen. Or, I might be able to get up to The Well-Red Coyote in Sedona. I haven't been there yet. You're right. We'll get together sometime.
Hi Jake! I saw you at ThrillerFest, but was too intimidated to introduce myself. I loved both of your books, and I've recommended them to library patrons who want good mysteries set in Arizona. Laura is an intiguing character. And, your love of Arizona comes through in your books. Thank you.
Just answered my own question. The Australian author is P.D. Martin, and the book, BODY COUNT, came out with Mira in January. My New Zealand aunt flipped over her book, which is good enough for me. (She flipped over mine, too, but that was a requirement.)
Hi Rhonda. I have relatives who live in Oz - in Perth. Quite a distance away. Most of my family lives in NZ. Just found out about another member of our family living in Queensland.
I've heard really great things about an Australian author who writes thrillers. Her book was going to be published here in America after it was published by an English pub, but I can't remember her name. Have you read any new thriller or police procedural writer from Australia who has made a big splash? I'd like to find her book.
Yep, I'm still in Prescott & I love it. 30 min. to Jerome, hour and fifteen to Sedona, 2 hours to Flag or Phoenix. Tucson is a stretch, but still doable. I'm with you - Arizona pretty much rocks.
"Are You All Right" is the single from Lucinda's newest, West. She kicked off the tour in Tucson & her bass player is originally from Tucson, so the audience was very, very hyped. And yeah, the Rialto is really a beautiful venue!