Ha! Found you old buddy! There appears to be a little problem, Shanester. You are listed in the "Members" section, but not the "Authors" section. Must have been a glitch in your sign up process. I think you may have neglected to check an extra box or something, hehe.
Hi Shane, I just finished Cut to the Bone and really enjoyed it..unfortunately, there was sort of a spoiler on either the BN or Amazon website, so I sort of knew what was going on, but I enjoyed the twist at the end! Hope more books come quickly.
Thanks, Clea and Rick. I've been on the road doing book promotion for awhile, which is why I haven't visited Crimespace for some time. But in-between stuff I'm checking, and found these very nice notes. Thanks!
I'm back from shoulder surgery-successful as hell, I might add--and eager to talk to folks again. Thanks for keeping a light on for me.
I'm also proud to announce that my debut thriller, BLOWN AWAY, was named Friday the nation's top mystery debut of 2006 by Romantic Times Book Club. I accepted the award at the national convention in Houston, where a good time was had by all. Ran into my writer pals Rick Mofina, KJ Howe and Michele Martinez (Michele won award for best P.I./procedural) and otherwise had a good time. The people at RT, whom I met for the first time, are genuinely lovely and supportive of all authors. Definitely worth the trip!
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.)
Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you, but I've been in Vegas the past week working off my first royalty check. (Yes, that would be penny slots :-) Will write you all shortly, just wanted to say hello and that I'm back. More anon.