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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Coming Up for Air

I did it! I turned in my 8th Zoe Chambers Mystery (titled Fair Game) on time along with my thoughts about the cover art. After being overwhelmed with a back-to-back book release and deadline, the sense of freedom was exhilarating.

Someone recently asked me how I celebrate these things. Let’s see…

I ate chocolate. My husband and I toasted with a glass of mead, homemade by my good friend Tami McClain.

We bought a new car…
Hubby's new Crosstrek (which I borrowed for
my road trip)
Okay, that last item had nothing to do with the deadline. Hubby’s old car was nearing 200,000 miles and needed some major repairs. He was long overdue for a new vehicle.

He also let me and my travel buddy, Liz Milliron, take the new Crosstrek on a weekend road trip to Indianapolis for Magna Cum Murder, another nice way to celebrate. I didn’t even pack my laptop, although I did take my Chromebook to check email. It was nice being able to devote all of my convention time to hanging out with readers and making new friends as well as touching base with old friends. No retreating to my room to hammer out a scene or a chapter.
Glamming it up with travel buddy Liz Milliron at
the Magna Cum Murder banquet
Free! I’m free!

Since I’ve come up for air, I intend to go on a couple of dates with my husband, maybe catch a movie. I’m working my way through my to-be-read piles (shelves, mountains). And I’ve started my spring cleaning!

Yes, you heard me right. My spring cleaning. I’m well aware that it’s October.

However, I can’t get too used to the concept of having a life away from the fictional world where I spend most of my time. I need to make an outline for the next book. Maybe start playing with some opening lines. Because before too long, Fair Game will come back to me complete with edits and I’ll once again crawl into Book Jail with a deadline to meet.

The freedom of coming up for air is sweet but short-lived.

Do you celebrate your work accomplishments? How?


Jim Jackson said...

I try to make sure to celebrate something every day. Even though I’m “retired” I still take vacations where I will not do any author work unless it’s critical (CRITICAL!).

Annette said...

I hope to be able to do that someday, Jim. Right now though, even when I'm not dealing with an immediate deadline or am "between books," my characters won't shut up and leave me alone!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My life is in permanent catch-up mode. Yesterday we attended a fabulous production of "Guys and Dolls" at UCincinnati-CCM. The dance sequences were wonderful.

Liz Milliron said...

What a trip!

Kicking back with a cup of tea and a totally frivolous book to read is always nice.

Annette said...

That sounds lovely, Margaret!

Liz, it was so much fun! Especially since we didn't get any dents or dings in the new car!

Warren Bull said...

Travel is a good way to celebrate. Trying something new. And for me, singing takes me out of my "writing head."

KM Rockwood said...

I bet you're enjoying your respite, but I'm equally sure you'll soon be chomping at the bit to get to the next project.

Kait said...

Oh, what fun! And the new car is gorgeous - what a great way to celebrate.

How I celebrate depends on the magnitude of the accomplishment. Completed chapters - a dark chocolate kiss - completed books...a special treat with that has meaning at that moment. Could be a trip, a great dinner out, a movie - you get the idea.

Annette said...

Warren I WISH I could sing. Alas, no one wants to listen to my sad attempts.

You're absolutely right, KM. I'm already making notes and starting to plot the next book.

Kait, we did the dinner and a movie today. Partly to celebrate, partly to reconnect after being holed up for so long!

Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations, Annette! The exhilaration of accomplishment is always great. I like to celebrate with friends. Looks like Magna Cum Murder was a great event.

Annette said...

Thanks, Paula. And it really was fun. You need to attend it some year!