Thursday, January 31, 2008

Author Interview: Rebecca Talley

Today's Author Interview is with Rebecca Talley, a talented writer who lives in the Four Corners area of Colorado.

Welcome, Rebecca. How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

My first book was, “The Velt Book.” It was made of felt and I’ve since learned how to spell the word correctly. In 6th grade I started a novel similar to the Encyclopedia Brown series, but never finished it. In high school I took a creative writing class and found that I loved writing. I’ve been writing on and off since then.

I sold my first book, Grasshopper Pie, in 2003 to WindRiver Publishing. It’s a children’s picture book based on an experience that almost happened to me. My daughter, Angela, illustrated it.

What type of writer are you? Do you plan ahead/plot or do you simply fly by the seat of your pants?

I plan ahead. I usually go through the story in my head while I’m driving, cleaning the house, exercising, or showering. I think through the major events and I even listen to conversations between the characters. For shorter pieces, I can usually “write” it all in my head before I actually put it on paper (or the computer screen). For longer works, I write down notes, ideas, things I want to happen, character traits, bits of scenes, and specific details. I then write the story all at once. After the first draft is done, I go back through it bit by bit. In my spiral notebook, for each chapter I write a brief synopsis, the goal, conflict, disaster, and any specific details to make sure it all makes sense and that it all relates to the overall story question. So I guess I plot after the first draft is done.

That's a unique process. How do you choose your characters' names?

I’ve used names that I wanted for my children but didn’t use. Sometimes, the names just pop into my head. I’ve also rummaged through my kids’ yearbooks.

Yearbooks! I've never thought of doing that. What type of writing schedule do you have?

Hmmm . . .writing schedule. Is there such a thing? I like to get the housework done and the kids all taken care of before I start writing. I try to write while they are playing or napping, but that doesn’t always work. I prefer to write in the morning, but some days I just have to take what I can get.

How do you handle life interruptions?

With 8 kids still at home, I have plenty of interruptions. I can’t write when everyone is home from school/work so I have to fit it in before 3:00. I just write while I can and when something comes up I deal with it. Sometimes, depending on what’s going on, I have to delay writing for a time, but that’s okay because first and foremost, I’m a wife and mother and that’s where my first priorities will always be. I will also delay writing to attend to my church duties and believe that if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, Heavenly Father will bless me with the ability to find enough time to write.

You also write short stories for children. Where have they been published?

I love writing magazine stories and articles. I’ve had stories published in The Friend, Stories for Children, Our Little Friend, and Story Friends. I have a story that will appear in a future edition of Primary Treasures as well as several more stories awaiting publication in The Friend.

What have you always dreamed of writing, but haven't yet?

I have a middle grade novel for the national market that’s been simmering in my mind for a long time. I plan to write it as soon as I write the LDS novels in my head. I would love to write a middle grade novel that really spoke to kids.

What one thing do you like most about writing? Least?

I love being able to create something with words. I love how we can string words together to make a story. I love the creative feeling that consumes me as I write and I especially love it when I make the words say exactly what I want them to say.

I do not enjoy the marketing aspect and having to study the market to figure out which market best fits what I’ve written. I also don’t like the rejection part of writing, but have come to accept it.

What is your next project?

I’m working on an LDS romance novel. I’m also taking a class through the Institute of Children’s Literature so I can better learn how to write nonfiction.

What is your advice for other writers?

Never surrender. If you love to write, keep writing and keep submitting. The more you write, the better you’ll write and the more you submit, the better chance you have of an acceptance. Take classes, join critique groups, join online communities, get to know other authors, ask questions, but most of all write, write, write because dreams do come true.

Tell us about your new book.

Heaven Scent is about a gifted high school basketball player, Liza Compton, whose life takes an unexpected turn, and what she must do to still find happiness.

Here’s the back copy:

As Liza excels physically, everyone—from college basketball recruiters to the gorgeous Kyle Reynolds—seems to take note of her. Everyone, that is, except her own father. While her father is busy at his law practice, Liza learns about a strange new religion from Kyle. Could Kyle’s religion help her family? Or is it already too late for her father to make amends?

When yet another broken promise finally leads to tragedy, Liza doesn’t know if she will ever be able to forgive her father. It will take a good friend, a new belief, and a miracle straight from heaven to help Liza see that she still has a choice. The compelling story of a high school basketball star, this is a novel every girl will want, and none will be able to put down!

“She’d wanted her father to pay more attention to her, and she’d wanted her family to be like it used to be. She hadn’t wanted everything to change so drastically that she may not even survive it.”

Heaven Scent was inspired by my mother, who passed away when I was a little girl.

I understand your book is coming out sooner than originally scheduled.

Yes. CFI sent it to press in the middle of January. It should be in bookstores soon.

Thank you for being my guest today, Rebecca.

Thank you! I sure appreciate you doing this interview.

Visit Rebecca's blog at RebeccaTalleyWrites.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Oh My Gosh!



I'm finished! The novel is completed! What a relief! What a joyful Happy Dance I'm doing. Yes! Yes! Yes!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interesting day

It's not even noon, and I've had a grand adventure already.

It snowed an inch or two last night, and coupled with our overnight freezing weather, everything is a sheet of ice today. When I tried to open my front door to admire the view, I only could get it open a fraction of an inch. My doorsill, a splendid piece of oak, had swelled up and was preventing my door from moving any further. I hauled and I tugged, bruising a finger in the process, but the door would not budge.

Well, panic almost set in. It's wonderful to be snug and warm indoors, but just knowing that I could not exit my house was not a good feeling. I was supposed to go into town for an appointment, but that looked like it wasn't going to happen if I couldn't get out the door.

I finally called the fire department to have someone come put a knee to the door, as I knew it could be pushed open from the outside. They sent over my mobile home park manager, who is one of the fire fighters. He got the door open, but didn't bring tools with him (which I had requested) to remove the troublesome door sill (which has been sticking a bit for a while--I didn't want to deal with it anymore this winter).

I decided to do it myself.

Bad decision. My grip strength isn't what it used to be, although I have Phillips screwdrivers galore. I worked on the screws until my hands ached. Some of them were willing to move, reluctantly, but one refused to accommodate me at all. Now my problem had progressed from not being able to open to door, to not being able to close it. You see, when I loosened the middle screws, the sill bowed upward. I hadn't been able to remove the screws entirely, and I knew I was at the point of stripping some of the heads out.

I found my electric drill. Well, make that my battery-powered-drill-on-which-the-battery-had-run-down. I plugged it in. I plugged in the battery for my "pivot driver." I waited, reading a Whitney book in the meantime.

I tried the electric drill with a Phillips bit. No help there. The bit wouldn't bite. ARGH!

I called someone in my branch, but he was not home. I called another member. Not home either. I called and cancelled my appointment. Finally I found the card of a local handyman. I got his answering machine, but wonder of wonders, his voice broke in, panting and out of breath, having run up a 100-yard hill to get the phone.

Although his hill is a sheet of ice and he would not get his truck back up if he once got it down the incline, he agreed to walk over and see if he could help me. He arrived about 20 minutes later with two darling little dogs towing him along.

We decided that the best remedy was, indeed, to remove the sill, and he had it off in short order, although he had to break it apart in the process. Not a problem to me. Not at all!

I am so grateful to a very handy man, especially since he refused any payment!

Monday, January 28, 2008

I wrote today . . .

. . . although I spent way too much time online looking for obits and eulogies of President Hinckley.

It rained a lot the past couple of days, but today it's been thinking about snowing. Once it seemed like it had a determined effort going on, but that petered out and the results didn't stick on the ground. We need moisture, but I hope I can get into town tomorrow, as I have an appointment at noon. Note to self: find the paperwork you need to take with you.

I'm excited that I'm so near the end of this novel. I can see me finishing it before the month ends. Wish me luck!

President Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910 - 2008

Last night, President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a Prophet of God, was called by that God to come home.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marjorie. I have no doubt that their reunion was joyous and beautiful.

I have a sweet memory of President Hinckley. Sometime in 1969, while I was serving as a missionary in the Colombia-Venezuela Mission, President Hinckley visited the mission headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, in his capacity of the apostle overseeing the work in South America. We had a zone conference, and he asked that I sing "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words to Each Other." I don't know who told him I was a singer--perhaps he knew it by the Spirit. In fact, I had been a vocal soloist for many years, and had performed both in church services, and at college and civic organizations. That request, however, was a sacred responsibility to me, and one I took as a great honor. It is now a precious memory.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I got to write!

After sleeping in for a long time, I felt well enough to get up, pay a bill, walk to the mailbox, then come back and write for two hours!

That was enough time to begin and complete Scene 107, which feels very good.

It's odd how characters lead you. I wasn't sure how the scene would play out, but I knew the emotions that had to be in there, as well as the fact that this could not be a resolution scene. It was supposed to help tip the balance, but couldn't be the final straw, so to speak. I'm please with the way it came out, the way the characters molded it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Feeling a little better

I probably would have stayed in bed, except that a storm is expected and I needed to go to town and get a few things, like C. L. Beck's recommended Gaterade. I drove back in rain or snow, depending on the altitude. Now I'm exhausted.

I hope I feel like writing tomorrow. I really, really want to get this book finished this month.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ewwwwhhhhhhh!

I feel just plain awful, and I'm fighting my stomach to keep it from doing something gross. There's not going to be any writing done today. I'm going back to bed right now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I think it's flu

Despite my cold turning into something more like the flu, complete with the whole range of gastro-intestinal distress, I forced myself to write today for one and a quarter hours. I skipped a scene I prefer to write with a clear head, and went for the next one, where muddled could be just right.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Chicken Noodle Soup Day


I caught a cold over the weekend, and my head is all stuffed up. All I want to do is lie in bed and eat chicken noodle soup. Maybe that should be get up, make soup, eat soup, then go back to bed. Yeah, that's it.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Writing today


I had a chance to go to the library today, and I took it. I made my goal in editing and writing, and enjoyed the warmth. The novel is getting closer to the end. I can hardly wait to see how it comes out.

Just kidding. I do know how it turns out. It's finding out how that is accomplished that is sometimes a surprise.

I thought Aura Lee would be the song the male character sings, but I've decided on Annie Laurie, instead. It can be modified to suit the character's purpose much easier. Also, that song has some personal good memories attached, so it's doubly exciting to put it to good use.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Brrrrrrr!

It's been quite cold this week, and I've been struggling to keep my fingers warm enough to work on everything I have to do. Several web pages have needed my attention, it's membership renewal time for ANWA, and I've tried to blog every day. I tried cutting the tips off a pair of gloves last winter, but I've mislaid them, so I rub my hands together a lot.

:-)

My very low goal of tackling my Work In Progress for an hour every day seems to be working for me, though. Except for three days over the weekend that encompassed a bad eye day, I've edited or written for at least an hour a day since January 7th. Giving myself permission to do this work at such a low level has kept my spirits up and my story progressing. I know I can remain undistracted for an hour.

I include research in that hour. I've been looking for the perfect Civil War-era love song for the story. Aura Lea may be what I need.

Now the sun has gone down, and it's almost too cold to type, so I'm calling it a day. Check my Work in Progress Report for my, well, progress each day. This novel will be finished soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Author Interview: Marcia Mickelson

Now that the holidays are behind us, I'm featuring authors on my blog again. Today's Author Interview is with Marcia Mickelson, a writer, wife, and mother who lives in Texas. Her second novel, Reasonable Doubt, was published recently by Cedar Fort, Inc.

Welcome to my blog, Marcia. What made you start writing?
In high school, I always enjoyed writing. I loved doing research papers and essays. I have an overactive imagination and used to make up stories in my head before I went to bed every night. I've also always enjoyed reading. When I bought my first computer as a junior in high school, I decided I really wanted to write a novel. I wrote more than half of it, but had to put it aside when I left for college.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?
Although I started writing my first novel in high school, I put writing aside for many years. After I stopped working full-time, I found time and mental energy to write again. I have been writing seriously for about five years. To begin with, I finished that novel I'd begun in high school. After I realized it wasn't very good, I read many books on writing and started from scratch. The third novel I completed, Star Shining Brightly, was accepted for publication and was released in July 2006.

What type of writer are you? Do you plan ahead/plot or do you simply fly by the seat of your pants?
When I write, I'm all over the place. I don't plan a lot. I usually write down a page of events that will happen and then elaborate as I go.

Generally, I have a scene or some dialogue that runs though my mind all day. When I finally have a chance at night after the kids are tucked in bed, I sit down to write all the lines that were running through my head that day. Sometimes, it's a scene at the beginning of my novel, and sometimes it's at the end, so I never write in order. I first write what's most anxious to come out of my head. As I write, I leave sections that I know I have to come back to later, and maybe jot down a few notes about what I want to have happen there. Then, I just write what I really want to. Often, this leaves large sections of stuff that I'm not so eager to write, but I know I have to come back to it eventually.

How do you choose your characters' names?
For the most part, I just go with whatever name pops into my head. I don’t do a lot of research or over-thinking. I like to use basic names that aren’t too common, but also not overly creative.

What type of writing schedule do you have?
I don't have a fixed writing schedule. I can't write while my kids are awake. There's too much to do for them and with them. I write when they are tucked in bed. I don't write every night, but when I do, it's often for a few hours until I tire myself out. Sometimes, if I have some free time during the day, I'll write down notes or dialogue in a notebook and transcribe them to the computer at night. This doesn't happen very often, but it’s good to always have a notebook handy.

How do you handle life interruptions?
Sometimes it’s frustrating when you have a goal you want to accomplish and other things come up. My current goal is to have my finished manuscript off to the publisher by the end of this month. That’s not going to happen because we just found out we’re moving. I would have to say that’s a big interruption. We have to ready our house for selling and look into buying another home in the town to which we’re moving. At first, I was frustrated that I wouldn’t accomplish my goal. But now I realize that the time will come for that manuscript. It won’t be when I wanted it, but it will come. There is no sense in rushing through something just to finish it. It’s better to put it off a bit to when I can dedicate my time on it. Sometimes, things have to get put off, and that’s okay.

Do you get blocked? Any hints on how to stave it off?
It seems I’m constantly dealing with bouts of writer’s block. When that happens, I try to at least do something to get my momentum going. Sometimes, it’s just sitting at the computer and reading old bits of my previous novels, just to get inspired or at least feel like I’m doing something. There is really no sure way to get rid of it. Stay involved in writing in some form whether it be writing a blog or reading up on writing techniques.

What have you always dreamed of writing, but haven't yet?
That's a hard one. All the novels I’ve started and am working on are LDS in nature. The characters and themes are LDS. I love reading and writing LDS fiction, but one day, I would like to write a novel for the national market.

What one thing do you like most about writing? Least?
The thing I like most about writing is the creative process. I really enjoy writing down the ideas that have been swimming around in my head. For me, the hardest part of being an author is promotion. For the most part, I’m shy and don’t talk about myself very easily.

What is your next project?
Right now, I am busily editing and revising the sequel to Reasonable Doubt. It's called One On One. I'm so close to finished, but it's been dragging a bit. Editing/revising is not my favorite part, but it has to be done. A good friend and editor just finished reading it and has given me great suggestions. I am now sending it to my sister who always has good revision/editing suggestions. Then, I will have my husband read it because there is a basketball theme to this novel, and he's my sports expert. I hope to have it finished in a month or so.

What is your advice for other writers?
I really suggest doing as much research as you can about the market you want to write in. There is so much information available about LDS publishing that was not available even 3-4 years ago. Read books about writing and publishing. Also, you definitely want to read a lot of books in the genre you’re writing in. Know the business really well before even submitting. Also, have someone you trust read your manuscript and be ready to accept their feedback. I didn’t have anyone read my first manuscript; it wasn’t very good and wasn’t accepted.



Tell us about your new book.
Reasonable Doubt is about attorney Julia Harris, who must defend a college basketball player on a charge of murder. She believes that he is guilty, but wants to earn a promotion at work, so she throws herself into the case. With the help of her new co-counsel, Pablo Torres, she begins to piece together the case. Pablo’s belief that their client is innocent, along with Julia’s distrust in men, causes her to dislike Pablo. In spite of her feelings, they must unearth the truth together.

That sounds like an exciting book, Marcia. Thank you for answering my questions.

Thanks again for the great opportunity to do this interview. I really appreciate it.


Visit Marcia Mickelson's website at Marcia Mickelson.com and her blog at MarciaMickelson.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2007 Whitney Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the 2007 Whitney Awards Finalists! The winners will be announced at the Whitney Gala on March 22, 2008, in Sandy, Utah. Tickets are available here. They are limited in number, so don't delay, if you want to be there.

BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Out of Jerusalem, Vol. 4: Land of Inheritance, by Heather Moore; On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell; The Operative, by Willard Boyd Gardner; and Upon the Mountains, by Gale Sears.

BEST NOVEL BY A NEW AUTHOR:
Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Wet Desert, by Gary Hansen; Counting Stars, by Michele Holmes; Beyond the Horizon, by Judy C. Olsen; and On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell.

BEST ROMANCE / WOMEN’S FICTION:
Counting Stars, by Michele Holmes; Desire of Our Hearts, by Sariah Wilson; Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer; The Independence Club, by Rachel Ann Nunes; and Loyalty's Web, by Joyce DiPastena.

BEST MYSTERY / SUSPENSE:
The Deep End, by Traci Hunter Abramson; Grave Secrets, by Marlene Austen; Hazardous Duty, by Betsy Brannon Green; The Operative, by Willard Boyd Gardner; and Sheep's Clothing, by Josi Kilpack.

BEST YOUNG ADULT / CHILDRENS:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson; Bullies in the Headlights, by Matthew Buckley; First Day, by Allyson B. Condie; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend, by Janette Rallison; and Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, Book II), by Brandon Mull.

BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION:
Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale; Dragon Slippers, by Jessica Day George; Hunting Gideon, by Jessica Draper; The Lights of Mahonri Moriancumer, by Phyllis Gunderson; and The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book II), by Brandon Sanderson.

BEST HISTORICAL:
Beyond the Horizon, by Judy C. Olsen; Out of Jerusalem, Vol. 4: Land of Inheritance, by Heather Moore; On the Road to Heaven, by Coke Newell; Spires of Stone, by Annette Lyon; and Upon the Mountains, by Gale Sears.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
Jennie Hansen, Dean Hughes, and Anita Stansfield.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Big Day is Tomorrow


Since I am a sponsor of the Whitney Awards, I just want to remind everyone that the 2007 Whitney Awards Finalists will be announced tomorrow at 7 a.m. MST.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bad Eye Day

Occasionally I'm bothered by scratches on my corneas. My eyes burn and are quite uncomfortable, so the condition keeps me from being able to concentrate on certain things, like writing. Today was one of those days, so I spent it working on things I could manage to do.

1. Mailed in a reservation for a book-signing table at the High Desert Book Fair in Sierra Vista, Arizona, that will take place on March 15. It will be at the Cochise College Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you live in Southern Arizona, come see me! Buy a book, while you're there.

2. Added a name to a website for the LDStorymakers' Writers Conference. Jewel Adams and I are going to present a class on Self-Publishing at the conference on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m.

3. Updated membership records for American Night Writers Association.

4. Talked on the phone with friends and family members.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Things I Learned This Morning

1. It's not a good thing absent-mindedly to shake an open can of Slim-Fast.

2. It's worse to shake said can next to your computer keyboard.

3. It's very good to have a box of facial tissues next to your workspace.

4. Turning your keyboard upside down can drain liquid onto facial tissues quite nicely, except that . . .

5. Chocolate Slim-Fast is very thick and sticky.

6. If you don't lose heart and work fast, you can get the gunk out of the keyboard before it hits the circuit board.

7. I don't need to make the 40-mile roundtrip to town because the keyboard still works.

8. I'm very, very lucky. No, I'm very, very blessed. And I'm very, very grateful for this blessing.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Still Writing

I had to walk over to the store today before I could write, as snack fever was upon me.



I purchased a few goodies and picked up my mail, and then I was ready to proceed. After editing a previous scene, I'm delighted to be well into scene 98, with Ned gnashing his teeth at the events unfolding under my fingers.

You may have noticed that in my Work in Progress Report in the sidebar, I refer to the scene I'm working on, instead of the chapter. For this draft of this novel, it has been easier for me to write in scenes, not chapters. When I'm finished, I will cobble the scenes together into chapters, breaking them at the appropriate places to keep you all turning pages long into the night.


Does it bother you when an author makes you lose sleep?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

How many Marsha Wards are there?

I saw this on another blog, and decided to see how many echoes of Marsha Ward there are.

HowManyOfMe.com

LogoThere are
128
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


I Googled several of the other Marshas in past years, then got in touch to suggest that they buy my books for their coffee table, just for laughs. I think a few have!

On another note, I had another good writing day. Check my Work In Progress Report in the sidebar.


I've also added a log of books I'm reading. I'll be adding brief notes to it as I read each book. I know. I should formally enter the Winter Reading Challenge at Inksplasher, but I'm too busy/lazy to figure out all the ins and outs.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I'm Melting!

Well, I'm not really. That was the voice of the snow on the ground and the deck. It's slowly fading into the earth. That's really good for our water table, and for the folks down the hill below the storage lakes.

Today was a good writing day. I finished a scene that will motivate the heroine to think in new ways about a dilemma she has. When I write the next scene, it will be her turn to mull this problem over.

I have a few more days to worry about it, but I need a good way to incapacitate a character for a while. I'm toying with having him stubbornly injest something that someone he doesn't like or trust says will make him ill, but I have to do a bit more research to pin down the effects of that substance.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Cold today

Now with the sun going down, it will get colder. The dripping eaves are morphing into icicle-laden rooflines.

It's been a good writing/editing day, though. I worked for three and a quarter hours, wrote 685 words, and edited several scenes. I actually woke up with storylines in my head, and knowing that with a good push, I can finish this thing very soon. Here's hoping nothing bad happens to jinx my progress! I don't need that. I need that good push and a cry of "I'm finished!"

The Snow Came

I woke up this morning to hear snow falling from the trees onto my roof. I knew then we'd had a good snowstorm. Either it was very wet snow, or the storm mixed in some rain, because the eaves are dripping. Although my deck thermometer shows 30 degrees F., water is running down a couple of the tracks in the snow on the road.

We've had rain since Saturday afternoon. It continued pretty much all night, but stopped for several hours on Sunday. Then we got BB-sized hail Sunday night, and snow after that.

Last night when it started snowing, I put the snow cover on the windshield of my car. I also took my garbage to the dumpster, knowing I would have nicer footing then than this morning. I could hear the creek running, even though it's some distance away.

When I came past the creek on my way home from church yesterday, a large log was sitting in the middle of the crossing we call "the car wash." The fire chief hadn't put up any barriers yet, but most of the adults around here know better than to attempt to put their vehicles into that rapid flow. I hope no visiting young people think it's safe to cross!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Books I Read in 2007

Every writer should be a reader, and I am. Sometimes I "read" via audio books, so then I'm a listener. Here's my list of books read in 2007. I seem to be favoring mysteries lately.

1. The Wailing Wind - Tony Hillerman
2. The Witness - Dee Henderson
3. The Tailor of Panama - John le Carre
4. Agatha Christie Mysteries - anthology
5. River's End - Nora Roberts
6. Nocturne - Ed McBain
7. A Time to Kill - John Grisham
8. Skipping Christmas - John Grisham
9. O Pioneers! - Willa Cather
10. Atlantis Found - Clive Cussler
11. Sharpe's Escape - Bernard Cornwell
12. Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen
13. Wife for a Day - Patti Berg
14. Skeleton Canyon - J. A. Jance
15. Our Game - John le Carre
16. Blindsight - Robin Cook
17. Exit Wounds - J. A. Jance
18. Buzz Cut - James W. Hall
19. Chromosome 6 - Robin Cook
20. Hard Aground - James W. Hall
21. The Dark Wind - Tony Hillerman
22. Birds of Prey - J. A. Jance
23. Sharpe's Fortress - Bernard Cornwell
24. Mischief - Ed McBain
25. Lightning - Ed McBain
26. Dave Barry is not making this up - Dave Barry
27. The Monkey's Raincoat - Robert Crais
28. Wild Horses - Dick Francis
29. The Christmas Tragedy - Agatha Christie
30. The Four Suspects - Agatha Christie
31. Sticks & Scones - Diane Mott Davidson
32. Free Fall - Robert Crais
33. LA Requiem - Robert Crais
34. Sunset Express - Robert Crais
35. Lullaby Town - Robert Crais
36. The Last Detective - Robert Crais
37. Poison Blonde - Loren D. Estleman
38. Indigo Slam - Robert Crais
39. Demolition Angel - Robert Crais
40. The Midnight Man - Loren D. Estleman
41. The Two Minute Rule - Robert Crais
42. Along Came a Spider - James Patterson
43. A Woman's Eye - Mystery Short Stories Anthology - edited by Sara Paretsky
44. Mary Mary - James Patterson
45. Jack & Jill - James Patterson
46. Smokescreen - Dick Francis
47. There Was a Little Girl - Ed McBain
48. Basket Case - Carl Hiaasen
49. Hell is Always Today - Jack Higgins
50. The Gift - Kirk Douglas
51. StripTease - Carl Hiaasen
52. The Fallen Man - Tony Hillerman
53. Wrath of the Lion - Jack Higgins
54. Deep Waters - Jayne Ann Krentz
55. A Session in Hell - Jack Higgins
56. Finding Moon - Tony Hillerman
57. The Street Lawyer - John Grisham
58. Tunnel Vision - Sara Paretsky
59. Cry No More - Linda Howard
60. The Hostage - Robert Crais
61. On Dangerous Ground - Jack Higgins
62. The Partner - John Grisham
63. The Brethren - John Grisham
64. Hey Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? - Baxter Black
65. Dave Barry Talks Back - Dave Barry
66. Cowboy Mentality - Baxter Black
67. The Big One That Got Away Blues - Baxter Black
68. Speaking in Tongues - Jeffery Deaver
69. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
70. Out of Sight - Elmore Leonard
71. Split Second - David Baldacci
72. Love is Murder - Linda Palmer
73. 3rd Degree - James Patterson & Andrew Gross
74. Dead Irish - John T. Lescroat
75. Absolute Power - David Baldacci
76. The Simple Truth - David Baldacci
77. The Forgotten Man - Robert Crais
78. Acceptable Risk - Robin Cook
79. Saving Faith - David Baldacci

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Writers Conference Year

I'm starting out the year with slightly scratched corneas, but I expect the situation to get better, eventually. I just need to rest my eyes, which means, of course, not working on the computer. I'll go take a nap when I'm finished here.

American Night Writers Association (aka ANWA) is holding a writers conference on March 1. I'm the web mistress, and I overdid it yesterday working on the event's webpage. Because our web host changed their platform recently (I know this makes no sense to a lot of you, but bear with me!), there were a lot of little differences to contend with, and installing the page and making sure it worked right took far longer than it should have. Now I'm paying the consequences of drying out my eyes with too many computer hours. Boo hoo, right?

At any rate, this is a wonderful conference with terrific speakers, charging barely enough to cover costs so that the average person can attend. If you're an author, you can take part in the book signing at a minimal cost, too. Please consider attending. I'd be so grateful, and will feel that the sacrifice of my vision meant something. Really! I mean it! Come see us in lovely Gilbert, Arizona, on March 1.
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