Friday, June 27, 2008

Public Safety Writers Association Conference

Plans for next year's PSWA Writers Conference are underway.

We’re delighted to announce the addition of Betty Webb as our keynote speaker at Saturday’s lunch. Betty is the author of the prize winning and much acclaimed, hard-boiled Lena Jones books, which are based on stories she covered as a reporter, include Desert Noir, Desert Wives, Desert Shadows, Desert Run and Desert Cut. Her much softer Gunn Zoo series debuted last December with The Anteater of Death. Currently a creative writing teacher at Phoenix College, Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Southwest Authors. Her topic is: "From Hard-boiled to Darn Near Cozy, and Why I Dunnit."


Victoria Heckman, Friday’s Keynote luncheon speaker will talk about "The Journey Is Everything" or "Where The Hell's The AAA When You Need It?" about the journey to becoming a writer and how it parallels our own life journeys.

Victoria Heckman is the author of the K.O.'d in Hawaii mystery series trom Pemberley Press
& Writer's Exchange. Kapu, A Coconut Man Mystery of Ancient Hawai'i, 2008 from Seven Sisters Publishing

PSWA’s (Public Safety Writers Association) annual conference is being held in Las Vegas, June 18-21, 2009 at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. The conference is open to anyone writing crime and mystery fiction or non-fiction, technical writing for public safety magazines in print or online, or anyone interested in writing. Registered attendees may offer a suggestion for a presentation or panel. There is no-restriction as to who can serve on a panel.

Steve Scarborough, a Forensic Scientist with over 30 years experience in Law Enforcement with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the accomplished technical writer and the author of several books, will give a presentation on “Writing Forensics Right.”

Tim Dees, Editor-in-Chief of, after serving in law enforcement, he was the first editor-in-chief at before joining Elsevier Public Safety and in January 2008. His work has been published in nearly every major law enforcement magazine. His topic for the conference will be: Writing for the New Media.

Fire Fighting and Arson, Presenter: Dave Doust

Logistics of Writing: How to gear up and rev up you writing productivity. A system to layer on top of your present way of writing. A practical series of step that will show you how to switch into a proactive approach of generating work.

Presenter: Sarah Cortez

Authors may bring their books for sale. PSWA will keep 10% to help defray the cost of the conference and for the scholarship fund.

Some surprises are being planned, so keep watching the PSWA website:

There is a price break for members and for non-members registering before September 30th.
Membership is open to anyone in any of the public safety fields or writing or interested in writing for or about them.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Graduation and so on

The graduation was lovely, the kids with marital problems got back together, and life got sort of back to normal. I say sort of because the bathroom still isn't done, and somehow, rats (yes, rats) managed to take up residence in a closet near the bathroom. One of our cats discovered them, husband and grandson got rid of lots, the cat has managed to round up a couple of more. Ugh! I hope they're all gone.

In the meantime I finished the ghost writing project I'd been working on and I'm only a few pages from finishing my own work in progress. And because my latest Tempe is coming out in September, I've been busy setting up the promotion for it.

Of course I'm still promoting the books I've got on hand. I had a booth at a flea market in Temecula where we have two grown grandkids with families--we stayed with one and then the other and had fun visiting the great-grands.

I'm also reading books for a prestigious contest--one I help judge every year.

So I've been busy--as usual.

On the 4th of July I'll have a booth in Exeter(CA) for their big celectration, on the 5th I'm headed to Fresno for the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime at 10:30at Yosemite Falls Restaurant. I'm not speaking, but the person who is will be talking about fires and fire crimes and I've been asked to bring copies of my books with fires in them.

On Saturday, the 12th of July from 10 to 3 I'll be at the West Coast Authors Premier, at the Crowne Plaza at the beach in Ventura CA. I'll be giving a talk about e-publishing. (The night before we're staying in a haunted room at a bed-and-breakfast at our request. More about that later.)

On Saturday, the 19th, I'm giving a talk about Self-Editing to the writer's group at Willow Bridge Bookstore in Oakhurst CA beginning at 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome, booksigning to follow.

Would love to see anyone who actually reads my blog.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Life and Writing

Yes, life does get in the way of writing. Though Iknow what a pain it is to remodel, we're now in the middle of redoing a bathroom. It's a major project as everything at that end of the house was built in a ramshakle fashion. And like most contractors, the workers never show up when they say they are coming. This guy was smart though, he didn't say how long the job would take. The room is at the end of a long hall with my office at the other end. There's no door on my office and it's the only way to get into the rest of the house--so that's going on.

I'm trying to work on my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree novel which I was half way through when I got side-tracked to ghost write a thriller. Of course I did it because the money was good.

We have a grown grandson living with us who likes to check on what I'm doing, somewhat like my husband, he'll come and sit in the extra chair in my office.

Our next to youngest granddaughter is graduating from high school tomorrow night and we have company coming in from out of town--lots! Her married sister is having dramatic marital problems and had to be fetched by my daughter-in-law, which complicates all of the celebratory plans. I wish young people didn't think their lives should be like soap operas.

The next in the Tempe series to come out is expected in August and I'm busy planning the promotion for that.

So writing blogs is about the last thing that comes on the list--though I knew it had been awhile since I posted on this one. Now it's time to cook dinner.