Reflections on what brought me happiness in 2015
Being part of the Maine Crime Writers community and meeting up at events including
library programs where the welcomes have always been heartwarming.
Publication of Death at Dovecote Hatch, second of my new series set in England during the early nineteen thirties. Working on the third – Peril in the Parish – and having a plot shift surprise me in the middle.
Receiving revenue from backlist via e-book sales. It has been particularly pleasing that Down the Garden Path – my second mystery and a non-series – is one of the bigger sellers. Further good news in this regard is that Alibi has picked up Withering Heights and Goodbye Miss Chips and is putting some publicity behind them.
Attending Malice Domestic, Bouchercon, Magna Cum Murder, and Crime Bake. At each had a great time getting together with old acquaintances and getting to know new people – writers and readers. Also spent a wonderful weekend at the Jessup Library’s first Booked for Murder.
Having a short story featuring Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell (from Down The Garden Path and The Widow’s Club) accepted for the anthology Red Dawn (Best New England Crime Stories) edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross, and Leslie Wheeler.
Discovering Ann Cleeves’ wonderfully atmospheric and impressively plotted Shetland Series. Not once in the seven books did I guess the identity of the murderer. I was already an admirer of her Vera books.
Watching English mystery series on TV. I wasn’t enthused about the new modern day Sherlock until my nineteen year old grandson talked me into watching an episode with him and was instantly hooked. My husband Julian and I just finished watching all six seasons of Detective George Gently set in the nineteen-sixties and were bereft until the discovering the availability of season nine of Foyles’ War.
Last but certainly not least is the happiness of the ordinary: Julian bringing me a raspberry turnover after grocery shopping at Hannaford; seeing the bay across the road from our living room windows; staying in my pajamas all day if I wish; basking in the company of our dog and two cats; discovering easy recipes – most recently for baking salmon filets at 400 degrees for twenty minutes in maple syrup and bourbon.
Here’s to 2016!