I’ve been writing since my student days and have been fortunate enough to publish a variety of things—short stories, essays, even some poetry—in a lot of different places. Thunder in the Night, my fifth novel, was a launch title with Crimson Romance, debuting on June 4, 2012.
That publication capped an amazing Spring for me: I’d had a short story in Woman’s World Magazine in April, an essay in a Chicken Soup book called “Here Comes the Bride” in May, and then this new novel with a new publisher in June. Pinch me! It was unbelievable and I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure.
There was such excitement along every step of the way with Crimson Romance—signing the contract, seeing the fantastic cover, being part of the online community and ramping up my participation on Facebook and Twitter.
Since the book came out, I’ve written half a dozen short stories (look for “Don’t Take That Chance” in the Sisters in Crime anthology Fishnets), won a contest with my essay “A Life in the Library” and co-hosted an author table with mystery writer Sheldon Russell at the second annual Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon just last month.
I’ve met so many wonderful readers and writers and just have to say, as both a reader and a writer, there are no better people to know. You can always count on having plenty to talk about and finding a place to connect. Books bring people together, whether you read them in paper form or on a device or listen to them, instead.
Because my day job involves working in a library, every day is a busman’s holiday for me. I see so many fantastic books to put on my “to-be-read” list!
S much as I enjoy reading stories, as a writer I’m inspired by them, as well. I try to pay attention to details like story structure, character development and a well-turned phrase, so I can improve these in my own writing. More often than not, though, these well-laid plans fall apart as I am taken in by the story itself.
It’s summer now, so I’ll be looking for books set in the summer. Easy, breezy reads for afternoons on the patio.
But before I settle in to read, I’ll settle down to write.
Currently, I’m working on a mystery novel. I’d like to say I’ll have that book finished by the end of the summer, but, to be honest, it will be more like the end of the year. I’m a pokey writer (all that reading, you know!)
And I got a great idea for my next Crimson Romance just the other day, so there’s plenty of writing in my future.
One other thing is certain: every ending will be a happy one. That, I guarantee.