|It’s the Holiday Season! Sort of.|
It’s also my favorite time of the year (outside of sweater weather). NE Crime Bake season! We had an AMAZING conference this year! I love seeing all my New England writer/reader friends and get to work the registration desk. I also got to be on a panel and moderate a panel for the first time!
Friday night was the “Truth and Fiction” panel with the amazing Brenda Buchannan as hostess with the mostest. My fellow panelists were amazing, and I was totally nervous about the stories I had. The panel is basically us answering questions with either true or false stories. I had a LOT of false stories. I also learned that apparently I’m a GREAT liar. I only had one true story (that everyone thought was false). All the rest were well thought out lies, that everyone thought was true. So yay me? Here is our illustrious panel! I even stayed up past my bed time for it. Pardon my look…..it was so hot working the registration desk, I had three costume changes due to the temperature.
And yes, my badge does say “VIP”….cause obviously.
Saturday started bright and early with free breakfast, which ya’ll know is my favorite. I started manning the registration desk with my friend Skylar (and fellow Curry grad) around then. Lots of information to give!
Then, came the big even of the weekend. I moderated my first panel. I was so nervous, but had reached out to the amazing panelists before and got such good vibes from them that I felt comfortable. Paul Tremblay, Dana Cameron, Bracken McLeod, and Chris Holm were discussing “Another kind of future” in crime writing. They all blend different aspects of horror, supernatural, biological, dystopian, etc into crime fiction. It was a lively discussion, and I loved the interplay between Paul and Bracken who seemed to know each other REAL well. Other than a little time slip that I had (guys, time is hard), the panel went great.
While I was confident it went okay, to have people tell you it was great is event better. Kristopher Zgorski, who you might know as the face/man behind Bolo Book Reviews0(0%), had a lovely write up about the panel as well on Facebook.
The rest of the conference flew by! I had sold/signed some books which is always fun, bought some more after picking up my consignment check. Here is what I ended up with:
Keen eyed readers will see the Podcasting book. At a recent craft fair someone told me I had a voice for podcasting….so I’m thinking about starting one. What do you think? It’d be something like Baseball, books, and _______? Send me your thoughts!
And finally. Lots of craft fairs this fall. Always a fun time. I decided to run a contest for people who bought books at the events Similar to what I did for book two, I gave buyers and opportunity to name a character in book three (which is in the drafting process).
And the winner is…
Stay tuned! And to be honest, there are a lot of great names out there, so even if it isn’t “official”, if you entered a name there is a very real chance it’s going to show up in future books.
And don’t forget to come see me in the next few weeks!
11/27 Rockland Winter Market – Rockland, MA
12/3 Bryanville Craft Fair – Wolves Den Pembroke, MA
12/10 Braintree Winter Market – Town Hall
So many events to come find me at! November is going to be the only month you won’t be able to find me (unless you reach out directly).
The Abington Community Craft Fair hosted by Friends of Abington Seniors is October 29 at the Abington Senior Center.
November 11-13 is the NE Crime Bake in Dedham, MA. I’ll be back at the registration desk for all those that have registered and want to say hi! I’ll also be on one panel Friday night. I moderate an amazing panel on Saturday morning with authors such as Dana Cameron, Paul Tremblay, Chris Holm, and Bracken MacLeod. It’ll be my first time moderating, so I’m excited and nervous!
December 5 is a craft fair at the Wolves Den in Pembroke, MA and then December 10 is Braintree Town Hall for their holiday market!
You have no excuse not to come find me! Look, even my dad came from DC (or Maryland to be more specific) to find me a craft fair.
Okay, I’m coming home for the weekend. And as a child who grew up in a lot of different places, I think Mechanicsburg should be considered my home base. We spent over 10 years there as a family (with some detours/breaks along the way).
I’m so excited to be going to the Harrisburg Senators game on Saturday night to sign/sell both books in the Ballpark Mystery series. I used to go to City Island ALL the time back in the day. I’m so glad they are letting me participate. They are playing the Bowie Baysox, so I think my dad (who lives in Bowie) is going to make the trip up. I’m also hoping to see some old HS friends or some of my brother’s friends. It’s going to be fun. Before the game I’m meeting up with some old friends in Mechanicsburg for lunch. It’s gonna be fun.
I’m also excited to see how things have changed since I moved away in 2006. I know it’s probably crazy different, but it’ll be fun to see! I will also be stopping by the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop hopefully on Friday. I met the lovely owners at Malice Domestic this year, and can’t wait to check out their shop.
This won’t be my only trip back this year. On October 1, 2022 I will be attending the Hershey Chocolate Town Book Festival.
This won’t be my only trip back this year. On October 1, 2022 I will be attending the Hershey Chocolate Town Book Festival. I’ll also be on “Good Day PA” live at 10am on Friday September 30. I did an interview with Amy during the pandemy, so it’ll be exciting to be in STUDIO! So make sure to check it out!
Don’t feel left out Massachusetts peeps! I’ll be doing a BUNCH of events this fall around the South Shore. Make sure to follow me on my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/TikTok to learn of any new events. I hope to see you!
I have two books in the world!
That’s crazy right?
I’m getting ready to hit the ballpark in Nashua, NH on July 4 to sell some book and watch some futures baseball! For those that know, my grandpa was originally from Nashua, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Release day party? Unfortunately I have to work (got to pay those bills!) So I won’t be able to celebrate my release day until this weekend. And then, July 16 I hope to celebrate with all of you at the Study Hall 101 in the Kingston Collection. Books! Snacks! Pool tables! Cake!
It’s the summer of promo fun! This weekend I had a lovely interview with friend Kevin Tocci and his radio show on WATD 95.9 here in Massachusetts. (Just audio for now).
I also did a zoom chat with fellow Pandas Elgon and Christine for their “C&E Show”!
Make sure to come find me at events this summer! Lots happening! Make sure to keep checking my events page!
Thanks to everyone for their support in my writing journey. Now, time to focus on finishing book three!
Concession Stand Crimes is under two weeks to release date!
You can pre-order it for your e-reader now, and it will be delivered before you even wake up on June 29! If you’d prefer a hard copy (which, trust me, I get it), make sure you swing by my official launch party on July 16, 2022 at the Study Hall 101 in the Kingston Collection!
All are in invited….there will be cake! Snacks! Books! Pool Tables! I will be selling and signing the entire time and I hope to see you.
This past Monday I had the great opportunity to talk to this writers group in Tewksbury, MA. My friend, Dale Phillips (Indie author extraordinaire) invited me to come to talk to his group and it was AMAZING. Dale is always great (and taught me all I know about mysteries—-at the Cape Cod Writers Conference a few years ago).
This group had great feedback, questions, and suggestions!
In person conferences! Yes, we had Crime Bake in November, but that was a little bit smaller.
Travelled to Bethesda, MD with several hundred other mystery authors/fans. I was lucky enough to be on a panel, AND have a book signing. I got to meet new readers (shoutout to Stephanie the Royals fan), talk about my book, talk about being a geriatric millennial, and pick up a ton new books! Wore a total of three Svaha dresses all weekend (lots of compliments). You can find their super cool dresses here! www.svahausa.com (Lots of mirror selfies were taken).
Can you google a killer panel:
Since the pandemy effectively cancelled Malice Domestic for the past three years, I was still considered a “new” author. That meant I got to participate in the fantastic new author breakfast on Sunday before I left. I have never met a microphone I didn’t like, that’s for sure.
Here we are on the final day with fellow mystery author (and resident of Mechanicsburg PA) Misty Simon (who has a million books out in different series!) https://mistysimon.wordpress.com/
Of course, the good times had to end. I didn’t even get to talk to everyone I wanted to! It was a jam packed weekend. Even squeezed time in with my Dad who came for the panel on Friday. The drive home on Sunday was long, but I was so glad that I went! Next up conference wise is Bouchercon. I haven’t flown since well before the pandemic, so I’m already a little anxious about that. Plus, Malice turned into a bit of super spreader event, luckily most of us were vaxxed so it was pretty mild all the way around. I never tested positive, but know many who did. So the pandemic is not over yet!
In other book news, book two is still on track for release June 29. I’m having a public book launch party at Study Hall 101 in Kingston MA on July 19 from 12-4pm. Feel free to swing by and pick up a signed book, swag, snacks, and cupcakes! Also, if you have an e-reader, pre-order the book now! Concession Stand Crimes
Enjoy some videos from my Tik Tok at Malice!
Like most people, I have been watching the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in horror and empathy. I didn’t know if there was anything I could do, and felt helpless.
Enter author Amy Patricia Meade. She rallied fellow authors and created an AMAZING auction where authors could donate and ANYONE can bid. The auction is open until April 12 and as a group we are hoping for lots of money to help those suffering in the Ukraine.
I have donated a signed copy of book one, some swag, and an ARC of Concession Stand Crimes.
Bid early and bid often!
From the website:
Authors for Ukraine Charity gives readers the opportunity to bid on SIGNED AND DEDICATED books by over 170 of their favorite authors as well as discover and support works by writers who might be new to them.
All proceeds from this auction benefit CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which strives to reach 4 million with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance — prioritizing women and girls, families, and the elderly. https://www.care.org/
CARE is a Charity Navigator four-star rated charity.
June 29, 2022 is release date!
Stay tuned…planning for a launch party is in the works. Save the date for July 1!
If you have a Kindle, you can pre-order the book NOW and not have to worry about purchasing it in June!