Ah, August. It’s still hot, but now it’s stormy. As a matter of fact, I’m rushing to finish this entry before the black clouds on the horizon make it to Tempe and burst themselves over my house. If I had enjoyed weather like this, I’d have stayed in Oklahoma.
One quick announcement before I go hide under the bed: I finished the ninth Alafair Tucker book, and the publisher has accepted it. The title is The Return of the Raven Mocker. Raven Mocker is a Cherokee legend of a witch who turns her or himself into a raven and flies about at night, looking for the sick and ailing in order to torment them while they suffer and eventually eat their hearts. Since the book has to do with the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed millions of people world wide, I thought that the Raven Mocker really fit in. The book will hit the shelves in January of 2017.
Later–The storm pretty much missed us, I’m glad to say. In the meantime, I was distracted by one thing and another and never quite finished this entry. I do want to let you know, Dear Reader, that I will be presenting a workshop on Dialog, Dialect, and Voice for the Society of Southwestern Authors, Valley of the Sun Chapter, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, at Tempe Public Library. SSA-VS meets on the last Sunday of every month at Tempe Public, and is a great place for authors to come listen to speakers who can help hone your craft.
And last but not least, this month’s recipe is for fried green tomatoes, that quintessential Southern dish. August is tomato season, and this is a great (and delicious) way to tuck in to all those extra tomatoes weighing down your vines and bushes.