April 6, 2014
If you missed…
A Conversation with:
Quintin Peterson http://wp.me/pyLFm-xk
Michael Black http://wp.me/pyLFm-wu
Earl Staggs http://wp.me/pyLFm-vY
Marja McGraw http://wp.me/pyLFm-vE
Patricia Gligor http://wp.me/pyLFm-vh
Lou Allin http://wp.me/pyLFm-u4
Kurt Kamm http://wp.me/pyLFm-52
Victoria Heckman http://wp.me/pyLFm-5E
Kathleen A. Ryan http://wp.me/pyLFm-6w
Julie Egert http://wp.me/pyLFm-6I
M. Albert Morningstar http://wp.me/pyLFm-82
Morgan St. James http://wp.me/pyLFm-cK
Jackie Houchin http://wp.me/pyLFm-eQ
Jean Henry Mead http://wp.me/pyLFm-ff
Marilyn Meredith http://wp.me/pyLFm-fB
Lorie Lewis Ham http://wp.me/pyLFm-kb
Rebecca Buckley http://wp.me/pyLFm-ld
John M. Daniel http://wp.me/pyLFm-mC
And, there will be more to come!
April 4, 2014
I’m so happy to have Patricia Gligor (1) visiting today on her blog tour for her latest book. Patricia is not only one of my favorite writers, but also one of my favorite people! And if you don’t know already, a wonderful and gracious supporter of other authors.. Patricia has a new book out, Desperate Deeds. .
The Easiest Part of Being a Writer
The easiest part of being a writer is writing a book.
Are you scratching your head, wondering what on earth I could possibly mean by that statement? Well, let me explain. There’s no doubt about it, writing a book is hard work. Writers spend months, even years, plotting, writing and editing a novel but, compared to the other aspects of being a writer, writing is a piece of cake. Finding a publisher, working with them to produce a finished book, promoting and selling your book is much more difficult and it can be extremely stressful.
When you’re writing, you live in a world you’ve created. And, even though your characters may give you pause once in awhile and you’ll have times when you stare at the blank screen on your monitor with a blank expression on your face, you are, at least in theory, in control. Everything proceeds at your pace. The book is finished when you type “The End,” whether literally or figuratively.
But that’s where your control stops. In spite of your best efforts, you have no control over whether or not a publisher will want to add your book to his/her list and you have little control over the rest of the process. Of course, you can always self-publish but that’s no easy task either because you have to handle the aspects of getting your book into print that, if you had a publisher, he or she would’ve taken care of.
So, let’s assume you’ve got a publisher, all the details have been worked out and you have a publication date. Now it’s time to promote! Your book will be published soon and you need to let potential readers know about it. There are so many books out there by so many other authors and you have the Herculean task of making yours stand out in the crowd. How do you do that? You tell everyone you know and strangers you meet, spend countless hours on social media sites and set up book signings. But there’s still no guarantee that your book will sell well. And, if your published book doesn’t produce decent sales, there are no guarantees that your publisher will accept the next one. As I said, “The easiest part of being a writer is writing a book.”
As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.
When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, Ann is elated. But her initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Ann’s six-year-old son, Davey?
But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.
Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Does some pervert have both children and what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?
(1) Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business, the first two novels in her Malone Mystery series, were published by Post Mortem Press. Desperate Deeds is the third novel in the series.
Visit her website at: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/
April 2, 2014
So glad to have Marilyn Meredith(1) aka F. M. Meredith visiting with me again. She is a wonderful and prolific writer, and has a new book out. Today she’s talking about one of the characters in her Rocky Bluff Police Department series — Gordon Butler. And as Marilyn points out, he’s one of my favorites!
Who is Gordon Butler?
Gordon has become a favorite of readers of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. In fact, I know my hostess for today is one of his fans.
When I first started writing about him, I based his looks on how my son-in-law looked when he became a rookie cop. That’s where the resemblance ended.
When I first wrote about Gordon, I had no idea he would play a role in most of the Rocky Bluff series, sometimes minor and sometimes more prominent.
Gordon Butler is a law enforcement officer who hasn’t had it easy in his private life or in his career.
He lost his wife to his partner. He’s fallen in love with what he thought was the perfect woman who turned out to be a murder suspect. And he now is attracted to the new female officer and he’d love for it to turn into a romantic relationship.
But anyone who has read any of the prior Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries knows that nothing comes easily to Gordon. He has the best intentions, but things never seem to work out quite the way he hopes. That goes for his job too. Always a “by the book” kind of cop, somehow or other things seem to go wonky for Gordon, often making him the butt of his fellow officers jokes.
What will happen to Gordon in Murder in the Worst Degree? I’m not going to tell, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Thank you, Madeline, for hosting me today.
Well, I can’t wait to read, and I’ll be cheering for Gordon all the way!
Murder in the Worst Degree: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
Buy at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/n94hmju/
(1) F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.
AND , there’s a contest too:
Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used as a character in a book to the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree. Tomorrow I’m visiting Holli Castillo at http://www.gumbojustice.blogspot.com/