Time flies. I say it every month, because every month time flies faster. Between appearances, I’ve been desperately trying to get the first draft of the ninth Alafair book finished enough to send to my editor. I told her I’d try to have something to her by the end of January. It ain’t happening. In fact, I keep getting these ideas and more or less tearing the whole thing to pieces and putting it back together. No matter how I wish I could be a faster writer, the books just come as they come. Now I’m shooting for the end of February. But I’ve learned not to make any rash promises.
To begin with, Left Coast Crime, one of the premier mystery conferences in the United States, is happening here in Phoenix from February 25th through the 28th. I’ll be going, of course. In fact, on Friday the 26th from 1:30 to 2:30, I’m going to be participating in a panel discussion entitled “Historical: Turn of the 20th Century”, along with some of the great names in the historical mystery genre: Tessa Arlen, Annamaria Alfieri, and Charles Todd. What a group in which to be included!
LCC is a fantastic conference for crime fiction fans and writers. If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, or a fan who has ever wanted to see your favorite mystery/thriller author in person, check out the schedule here. I hope to see you there.
Finally, another month, another recipe. This month I wanted something warm and soothing, just the thing for a winter’s day, so I’m giving you my mother’s recipe for a pot full of chicken and dumplings. Enjoy!