Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Getting over the flu or something

For the last two and a half weeks I've been plagued with a cough and runny nose. Finally, I think I'm beginning to recover. Thanks goodness, I have a full calendar ahead.

Though I've done a bit of writing on my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree book, not nearly what I'd like. I did work on the ghost writing project I've been assigned to and I think we're near the completion of it.

My copies of Fringe Benefits are on the way, so it's time to gear up for the promotion of that one. I need to set a date for the launch, I have the place, just need to find a good day for the flower/gift shop where it's going to be held.

Fringe Benefits is for sale on my website now. Anyone who wants a preview copy can go ahead and order one and I'll get it off to you as soon as it arrives.

Next Wednesday we'll be leaving for Seattle and Left Coast Crime. I'm really looking forward to it as I know a lot of my good writing friends will be there. The down side to that is we have to be at the airport by at least 5:30 a.m. which means getting up at 2:30 a.m. in order to get there on time. I am smart enough to go to bed early so I can get some sleep, my husband thinks he has to stay up until midnight every night.

I'll be back to give a report on Left Coast Crime.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Book Trailers

I've just had two book trailers done.

For Calling the Dead:


For Wishing Makes It So:


Sure is fun! Can't say that the characters look like the characters in my mind, but it does give you a good idea of what the book is about.


Monday, January 8, 2007

Planning for the Future

I've spent most of the day working on my calendar. I can assure you I'd much rather be working on the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, but to make sure I don't double book anything, it was time to make sure I had everything down that I've committed to already.

There are some things that are nearly overlapping and will take some figuring out to see when we ought to leave, if we can drive or should fly.

I have two major complications. In the near future, another of my grandsons is coming to live with us. This one is twenty and has a rough life. We just moved one out that was twenty. At the end of May, right after Mayhem in the Midlands, we'll be picking up my 97 year old mom, who will be 98 in June, and she'll be living with us for awhile too. I know my husband didn't picture his retirement years as being quite so full of people. That's what we get for not selling our big house after we quite caring for the developmentally disabled women. And no, I'm not complaining. I've kept July and August fairly free. When I do have to be gone, hubby can handle things.

What I am looking forward to are three great conferences that are coming soon. First, Left Coast Crime, in Seattle, followed by Epicon in Virginia Beach, VA. We used to live in Little Creek VA. It'll be fun to see how things have changed in the last 50 plus years. Then we're off to Las Vegas to the Public Safety Writers Conference. All three cons are terrific and very different from one another. Always, the big plus is making new friends and seeing the old. (Sounds like an old Blue Bird song we used to sing, back when I was a leader.)

I'll soon have a new book out. You can see the cover by going to my website, http://fictionforyou.com It's called Fringe Benefits and about a very bad cop and a bunch of good ones. Tigress Press published this one and it's the third in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.


Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The Creation of Deputy Tempe Crabtree

Readers often ask how an author came up with a character. Though I do make character charts, when I first imagined Tempe, I knew she was a widow with a small son, that she was Native American, and a resident deputy in a small, mountain community, and that she needed a new man in her life.

The first book I wrote with Tempe as the heroine is The Choice. The second book is Guilt by Association. The fact that Tempe is Native American has no real importance in either book.

By the time I wrote Deadly Trail, Tempe had grown into a different person and if you read Deadly Trail, you'll learn that her interest in her heritage is awakened by a fellow Indian, Nick Two John. The main setting of Deadly Trail is an Inn fashioned after the Springville Inn in the town where I live, though there are some distinctive differences.

I really liked those first two books--which weren't published yet--so I changed the heroine's name and the settings in both books. I self-published The Choice as a Christian horror. Treble Heart Books published Guilt by Association. If you've read the Tempe books, you'll recognize many of her traits and some of her personality in the heroines of the first books.

After Deadly Trail came Deadly Omen which is the book that my new publisher, Golden Eagle Press, wanted to begin with. The action begins at an Indian Pow Wow and continues onto the Bear Creek Indian Reservation which has an uncanny likeness to the Tule River Reservation also located near where I live.

Hard Shell Word Factory published Deadly Trail as an e-book and trade paperback.

Golden Eagle published Unequally Yoked, which has a lot of Native American spirituality in it; Intervention, which is set in a mountain lodge during a blizzard, and Wingbeat, which is about a hidden marijuana farm and a complicated family. Sadly, Mary Lou Romagno, the publisher of Golden Eagle Press and a friend, passed away.

Mundania Press gave me a contract for Calling the Dead, and the books that will follow: Judgment Fire and Kindred Spirits. Tempe has learned a lot about her Native American heritage over the span of these books and it plays an important part in each of the plots.

I know far more about Tempe and her husband, Hutch, than I know about my friends or relatives. It is fascinating to have all these people living inside one's imagination. I keep writing about her because I want to know what's going to happen to her next.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Thoughts on New Years Day

New Year's Day 2007

I wrote this once, then decided to update to the new blog and somehow everything I'd done before disappeared. Story of my life, I always have trouble learning new things.

Instead of resolutions I decided to review the good things that happened last year, and what I'm looking forward to in the coming year.

The good things:

Lots of quality time spent with family. A new great-grandbaby arrived with the name of Lola Marseilles and we realized that makes the 12th great. Wow!

My middle daughter, Lisa, and I went on a cruise with my sister's entire family and my 97 year old mom. There were 35 of us in all and we had a blast.

Hubby and I went on my 55th Eagle Rock High School Reunion Cruise and it was great fun. We all got reaquainted, dressed like pirates to solve a mystery and remembered the gentler time when we grew up, not unlike Happy Days.

We also attended several writing and mystery cons were we made new friends and enjoyed those we've met before.

I had two books published this year, Wishing Makes It So from Hard Shell Work Factory and Calling the Dead from Mundania Press.

Wishing Makes It So won three prizes: Best Horror from Best Books from USA Book News, Best Thriller of 2006 from American Authors Association and Runner up in Horror from DIY.

Calling the Dead won Best Mystery from American Authors Association for 2006.

All the good feedback on my works-in-progress from my wonderful critique group. Thanks, Shirley, Kristi, Anita, Sharon, Brent and Jim. Couldn't have done it without you.

Always, a thank you to my spouse who is always supportive, travels with me and has gathered his own following, and always schleps my bags.

What I'm looking forward to:

Two new books coming in 2007: The next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Judgment Fire, and the latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Fringe Benefits, from Tigress Press. It's been awhile since I've had a new one in that series.

More family gatherings and watching all the kids grow.

Seeing old friends and making new ones at Left Coast Crime in Seattle, Epicon in Virginia Beach, VA, PSWA in Vegas, Mayhem in the Midlands in Omaha, NE and Bouchercon in Anchorage, AK as well as the various book fairs and signings I'll be attending.

I'm planning on this being a great year.