Sunday, October 21, 2018

Busy Week of Appearances

Whew! Had four writing appearances in one week, plus a meeting of a Mystery Book Group.
Add that to the day job and I have a tough time answering when people ask "when do you find time to write?"

Last week was the Boston Book Festival, followed by speaking on a panel at the Huntington Theater.
You can read about those here.

This week I gave a talk on mystery writing, "It's a Mystery to me" at the library in Pelham, NH, to a small but enthusiastic crowd, who are now new fans of the Zack Taylor series.

Had a sign out front

One woman said she'd read a great paragraph out to her husband, who then read the book in one sitting! They were quite happy to discover there were more in the series.
Thanks to Rita and the library for hosting this event.

And this Saturday, gave a workshop on The Business of Writing at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster, MA, hosted by the Seven Bridge Writing Collaborative.
Thanks to Hollis and the library for hosting this one.

Introduced by author Ursula Wong
To see an interview with Ursula, click here.

A larger crowd than my previous engagement.

And here I am

With books for sale

A week from Saturday, have another busy weekend. Saturday will be the Holiday Author's Market  at the Chelmsford Library from 1-3, and Sunday, I'll be at The Silver Unicorn bookshop, signing books with Ursula Wong.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Boston Book Festival and Sherlock at the Huntington

It was a busy weekend, with great events in Boston.
First off was the Boston Book Festival, a lovely celebration of books, authors, and reading. I was at two different booths on Copley Square with other members of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, telling people about the organizations and selling and signing our books.

Right away I saw noted Maine author Dick Cass at his publisher's booth, and stopped by to say hi.
To see an interview with Dick, click here.

I traveled with the mysterious Ursula Wong (L, in shadow), who kept my spirits up on a cold, wet, rainy day.
To see an interview with Ursula, click here

Here's the crew that was at the SinC booth before our turn.
L to R: Amy Ray, Leslie Wheeler, Jolene Grace
Check out the book launch for Leslie's Rattlesnake Hill.


The crew at the MWA booth: Connie Johnson Hambley, Judy Copek, Mo Walsh
To see an interview with Connie, click here.

Author Joanna Schaffhausen stopped by with family, including this lil doggie. Awww.
To see an interview with Joanna, click here.

Another crew of suspicious characters. Kari Lemor, Lisa Lieberman, Arlene Kay
 To see an interview with Arlene, click here.

New author Nicole Asselin, who has her debut novel coming out soon! 
Now I'm not claiming credit, but Nicole took my classes in writing mysteries and thrillers at the Cape Cod Writer's Conference last August, and is now publishing. Just sayin'... 

And author J.M. Taylor dropped by to give support.

Our members have been active this last year- here's a few of their new books. 
Thanks to Hans Copek for once again making these great promo posters!

You may notice my latest short story collection, All the Crooked Paths, is on both, since I'm a member of both orgs.

People came out to attend in inclement weather, bless them. 
It's great that Boston is such a literate city of people who love reading and books.

And then the day after, on Sunday, another great event, with much better weather. We attended the play Sherlock's Last Case at the Huntington Theater.
After the play, a few of us from the Mystery Writers of America gave a panel discussion on sleuthing and Sherlock, awarded prizes for trivia responses, and answered lots of great audience questions.
L to R: Dave Zeltserman, Elizabeth Elo, Paula Munier, moi.
To see an interview with Dave, click here.