Weekend Update: March 11-12, 2023

Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be posts by John Clark (Monday), Vaughn Hardacker (Tuesday), Maggie Robinson (Thursday), and Sandra Neily (Friday).

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

March 30, 2023 – 6:00

Local author Jule Selbo will be in conversation with writer/comedian Anna Conathan at the South Portland Public Library on Thursday, March 30th at 6PM. They’ll discuss writing  – for novels, for tv and film and for comedy – and specifically Jule’s new book, 9 DAYS, the second installment of the Dee Rommel mystery series set right here in Portland, ME.

Anna is a writer and performer living in South Portland. Her experiences as a Hollywood actress, comic and screenwriter led to setting up a popular writer-coaching biz. She also has a favorite pastime –  serving as a sternman on a lobster boat. Jule Selbo spent a few decades working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Four years ago, she moved to Portland Maine to focus on writing novels. Five have been published so far – (two historical fiction Dreams of Discovery, Life of Explorer John Cabot, and Breaking Barriers, Laura Bassi’s Life (Goethe Award recognition) and a mystery romance Find Me In Florence (first place Chanticleer Award for Women’s Fiction). Finally ready to tackle her favorite genre, crime/mystery) she wrote 10 DAYS: A Dee Rommel Mystery (listed on the 2021 top-five list of Kirkus’ best crime/mysteries, nominated for a Clue Award, Maine Literary Award, received a Foreword Review Honorable Mention and a nomination for the Silver Falchion Award. 9 DAYS, A Dee Rommel Mystery is the next book in the ten-part series and has just received another Kirkus Star Review.


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, along with the very popular “Making a Mystery” with audience participation, and “Casting Call: How We Staff Our Mysteries.” We also do programs on Zoom. Contact Kate Flora

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