I am writing this on Labor Day, so happy Labor Day to all you workers of every ilk, paid or not. All work is valuable, so as my Wobblie character, Robin Gunn, from All Men Fear Me, would say, “Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains.
To tell the truth, though it signals the end of summer and killer Arizona heat, I don’t much enjoy Labor Day since it is the anniversary of the day my father died. I was a teenager at the time, still at home, and my youngest sibling was only 18 months old. His sudden death really did a number on my family. That was my first experience with loss, and it was a big one. Here it is almost 50 years later and we’re all still affected by it, which goes to show you…
On a happier note, coming up on October 2, I will be one of fourteen authors appearing at this year’s Ladies of Intrigue conference in Huntington Beach, California. Here’s the info from the Southern California Sisters in Crime website:
The 3rd annual LADIES OF INTRIGUE event will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, California.
“Aspiring crime novelists and mystery lovers alike will enjoy this day-long conference featuring more than 15 women mystery writers. Headlining the outstanding lineup is Carolyn Hart and Robin Burcell. Panelists: Kathy Aarons, Lisa Brackmann, Ellen Byron, Kate Carlisle, Donis Casey, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley, Earlene Fowler, Daryl Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara, Linda O. Johnston, Carlene O’Neil, Laurie Stevens and Pamela Samuels Young.”
Tickets are $55 for Sisters in Crime members before August 15th and $60 after that date.
Non members $60 before August 15th and $65.00 after that date.
Lunch is included. Free Parking.
I particularly love Carolyn Hart both as a writer (of 60 novels!) and a person, and one reason among many that I’m going to appear is because Carolyn asked if I’d go since she plans for this to be her last traveling show. She will be the guest of honor at this shindig and will be interviewed by Rhys Bowen (whom I also love). For more information and to register, go to www.mysteryink.com or call 714 743-6127.
News item three: Many of you Dear Readers have wondered why the audio version of All Men Fear Me has not come out yet. According to Blackstone, the publisher who does the audio books for Poisoned Pen Press, the audio version of my previous Alafair book, Hell With the Lid Blown Off, did not sell well enough. This surprises me, since the paper version of Hell did very well. Perhaps it is because Blackstone had to pay two narrators for Hell instead of one. Blackstone is waiting until the audio of Hell makes a profit (Hmm. Sounds like a book title to me.) Therefore, Dear Readers, I’d like to ask a favor of you. Next time you’re at your local library, please check to see if they own a copy or two of Hell With the Lid Blown Off as an audio book. If they do not, I would be grateful if you would request that the system buy one. Most public libraries have a mechanism for users to request titles. Once Blackstone makes money off of Hell, they’ll do an audio of All Men. I hope they do one eventually, since the ninth Alafair book, The Return of the Raven Mocker, will be out in January, and I don’t want to get several titles behind when it comes to audio books.
Thanks for your help!
And last, I’ve been fooling around with the camera on my phone lately and asked Don to take some pictures of my the last time I dressed up to do an event. I’m thinking of using one for my new headshot. Here are a couple of possibilities. They turned out well, though I do notice that I’m not getting any younger.