Sunday Update: November 3, 2013

Next week at Maine Crime Writers we’ll be featuring posts from Kaitlyn Dunnett (Monday), Vicki Doudera (Tuesday), Lea Wait (Wednesday), Jim Hayman (Thursday), and Barb Ross (Friday).

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

This coming weekend, November 8-10, is the annual New England Crime Bake, the place to be if you write (or read) mysteries and live in New England or nearby states. Those who will be attending from the ranks of contriubutors to Maine Crime Writers are John Clark, Paul Doiron, Kate Flora, Katherine Hall Page, Barb Ross, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Lea Wait.

From Lea Wait:  With thanks to everyone who came out for my panel / signing with E.J. Copperman and J.C. Vogard in Flemington, New Jersey, yesterday! It was fun to see everyone, especially those of you from parts of my “past lives.”

I’ll be back in Maine Monday night, and working on the critiques I’m doing for the mystery conference Crime Bake; Crime Bake is the biggest event of the week for me, for sure!  Besides doing critiques and visiting with old and new friends, I’ll be on a great panel at 11:20 Saturday morning, “A History of Violence: Using the Past in Your Mystery,” along with William Martin, Michael Nethercott, B.B. Oak, and Charles O’Brien. Can’t wait!

From Kaitlyn Dunnett: Kensington has just let me know that the ebook of Kilt Dead, the first book in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mystery Series, will be on sale in Kobo format on Friday, November 8. There will be a 30% off coupon available to apply to the regular $5.99 price. To quote Ruthless People, “I’ve been marked down.”

I’ll also be offering a drawing for FREE BOOKS (historical mysteries w/a Kathy Lynn Emerson) in my Monday post.

From Kate Flora: Looking forward to a road trip this coming Tuesday to the library in Barrington, Rhode Island where I’ll be doing a panel with fellow Mainer Dale Phillips and thriller writer Judy Copek. If my normal luck holds, I’ll end up Lost in Providence. I’ve done it many times before.

Then there’s the New England Crime Bake this weekend, where I get to moderate a panel with guest of honor Meg Gardiner, Robin Cook (who among us can forget reading COMA?), William Martin, and Linda Barnes. I’ve been a Linda Barnes fan for decades, ever since I saw her speaking at the Concord Author Festival. She was so brilliant and dynamic! Back then, I didn’t know that mystery writers also had to be performers and public speakers, but watching Linda was, to use a word I rarely use, AWESOME! So I am going to have a really fun weekend. Any questions you think I ought to be asking these superstars? Have your read Robin’s new medical thriller, Nano? Bill Martin’s great book about Abraham Lincoln, The Lincoln Letter? What about Linda’s new non-series suspense novel, The Perfect Ghost?

What are you reading this fall?

An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share.

And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business.

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