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July 20, 2022
I just turned in my latest manuscript to my publisher, the first in a proposed new series! The series is not Kolchak, though I did watch summa that to celebrate (see photo). I also enjoyed a crisp IPA with my favorite doctored-up pizza (Tombstone, natch; I am a child of the '80s, after all).
I love so much about this book. It's a thriller with a creepy edge; think Tana French meets X Files. My amazing Thomas & Mercer editor, Jessica Tribble, suggested I write it after she read my upcoming short story featuring BCA cold case agent Evangeline Reed and forensic scientist Harry Steinbeck. She wanted more of them, and it turns out, I did too.
The book has a tentative release date of August 2023, and I hope you enjoy reading it even more than I did writing it! (If I'm honest, it was a pain in the ass to write, but writing is like childbirth in that way; once the horror show is over, you forget everything but the baby.)
I'll have lots more to say about Evangeline and Harry in the weeks to come, but in the meanwhile, you can preorder their debut short by clicking here: Catch Her in a Lie.
June 6, 2022
I just returned from ThrillerFest in New York, where BLOODLINE picked up the Best Paperback Original Thriller Award. My publisher can attest that hearing my name froze me. I sat in my seat for three to four seconds, certain that if I stood up and walked on stage, some bouncer would rush over, pity in their eyes, and tell me it hadn't actually been my name called, and would I please see myself out?
But they let me take the award home, so that's something. 😀 The book wouldn't have been possible without my brilliant editor, Jessica, or all the support of the wonderful folks at Thomas & Mercer. I'm so grateful that I get to work with the best of the best!
While we're on the topic of thrillers, Salem's Cipher is currently available as a free download through Galatea, a new reading app. You have to enter your phone number to get access. I believe they have a growing number of great thrillers on there, so it's worth checking out!
December 4, 2021
As we head into winter, I've been thinking about the light and dark in all of us. I used to react to the behavior of others as if it was black and white. If they were nice to me, they were nice people. If they did something unkind, I'd freeze them out. They're a bad person, I'd tell myself.
Thanks to age (and a good therapist), these days I'm mostly able to recognize that black and white thinking as a childhood holdover. Grown-up me knows that people who are largely selfish and cruel can still do kind things and that even the kindest people are sometimes thoughtless. That's pretty elementary stuff, but realizing it was revolutionary to me. I still say it in my head when I'm confused by someone's behavior. It grounds me.
Thinking about that light and dark in all of us also has me thinking about what I've been reading and writing. Much of it has been necessarily dark (healing can't happen if we look away). Plus, let's face it: life has been challenging the last two years. Like seeks out like.
But there's got to be balance. Contrast. Light to the dark. In honor of that, I'm publishing my first children's book! I'm crazy proud of it. Here's the backstory:
One night nearly twenty years ago, bone-tired from a full day of teaching, I discovered that both my kids had the crabbies. Like, next-level demon energy. They didn't want to play, didn't want to color, wouldn't sit still for any of their favorite books. I was on the edge of tears when I was struck by inspiration: I'm gonna make up a story guaranteed to get their attention because it will be about them. I threw in a dragon named Claudette, who, like me, had some serious control issues. She meant well, though, and she loved Princess Zoe and Prince Xander more than anything in the world.
Today, I'm putting her out there so she can love and protect all of your babies, too. The book is designed to fully engage children. If you own the paperback or hardcover, kids are encouraged draw inside (hey, if I had to learn to give up control, so do you). If you have the digital version, the story encourages kids to instead draw on paper as they read along. In either case, it's centered in compassion, creativity, and gentle play.
Please check it out. It makes a great gift, especially for kids who might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the world.