The Mysterious Life of an Author

This is my workspace, fortunately you can't see how truly messy it is and can be. I'm fortunate to have a big room with cupboards and bookcases and a long table that I pile projects I'm working on and object that I want to remember to take with me for the next place I'm going. This where I actually write, edit, and do email and Facebook and promote online, etc.

Since I'm going to write about my life as an author, you're going to find out I'm not mysterious at all. Because I'm a wife and homemaker I do all the things connected with those two identities too. Though I must confess, I no longer do major housework. I pay one of my daughters to do it. I still do the laundry, cook and grocery shop.

On the writing side, lately I've been working on the promotion for Raging Water the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. It is available now from the publisher, in all different formats and of course from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

My copies of the books are scheduled to arrive tomorrow, then I'll be busy sending out review copies. My actual physical book launches (yes, I'm having two) won't be until near the end of October, but my blog tour begins September 2. More about that in coming cays.

While all this planning is going on, I'm going over the manuscript for the next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel. My critique group has heard it all and with their help, I've finally come up with a title.

And I've finished the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, but now my critique group will have to hear it chapter by chapter.

While all this is going on, I am the editor for two newsletters, one is for the Public Safety Writers Association which comes out in quarterly and the other is a monthly newsletter for California Residential Services Association--a group I've been involved with when I owned, operated and lived in a licensed facility for 6 developmentally disabled women. (Hubby and I did that for 22 years, a most rewarding profession.)

I have huge family--4 living children, 18 grandchildren, 12 greats with one on the way any minute. I love being with them, enjoying them, and hearing about them.

I probably left something out--but that's what my mysterious author life is all about.



M.M. Gornell said…
Nice seeing your writing area. Looks neat to me...(it's all relative, I guess!)

Redameter said…
You should see my desk right now, piled high with papers, mail I don't look at and reciepts that need filing. Such is the life of a writer. You shock me with so much work Marilyn. One would think you would take it easier, but then it's probably what keeps you so young.
Love and blessings
Madeline, it only looks neat because you can't see the rest of the room.

Rita, I love getting things done. They say as we get older we need to keep our mind active--and I guess that's what I'm doing. (I still forget stuff at time, that's why I keep a calendar and lots of notes.)
The life of this mystery writer seems pretty idyllic to me!
James R. Callan said…
Thanks for sharing a little of your routine with us. Very interesting. And 18 grandchildren! Wow. We have 4 children, but only 6 grandchildren. And no great grandchildren. Congratulations.
marja said…
The mystery, to me, is how you find the time to do everything you've mentioned. Your energy level continues to amaze me. :)

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