LAST RESORT Town Hall Reading at Vroman’s

Today sixteen contributors will read a brief excerpt from their story in the latest Sisters in Crime / LA anthology, LAST RESORT. That’s every single contributor! Plus two editors will be there along with our chapter prez. I’ll read a brief excerpt from “Nut Job” as well as answer any Q&A our chapter prez throws at us. It should be a fun time and I’m excited to check out a new bookstore. Can you believe I’ve never been to Vroman’s? Yeah, me neither.

Hope to see you later today at 4pm!

Sisters in Crime / Los Angeles Presents LAST RESORT at Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 4PM

WE’RE WRITERS WITH MANY TALENTS!

Today I’m up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors where I discuss the appeal of collaborating many art forms. Writers are creative people so many of us paint, play in bands, dance, or design. I’ve been lucky to participate in several readings and book events that partner with live music or film viewings and I think this is such a wonderful idea.

Power to the artist!

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GRIZZLY SEASON LAUNCH

Sunday, October 2 is the launch of S.W. Lauden’s Greg Salem sequel, GRIZZLY SEASON, from Rare Bird Books at Book Show. Danny Gardner and I will be reading and there will be an acoustic set from Jeff Whalen.

It’s 3-5pm so come on by!

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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY 3 DAYS…

Noir at the Bar Seattle was a blast! I met so many talented and friendly writers like Brian Thornton, Michael Pool, Will Viharo, Frank Zafiro, Robert Dugoni, Jim Thomsen, Vince Keenan, and Eric Johnson. Of course, Danny Gardner is always great company and a fabulous reader. I’m glad I didn’t have to read after him. I’m forever grateful to Michael Pool for organizing such a fun event and hopefully I’ll be back next year when my novella CLEANING UP FINN (which I read an excerpt from) comes out! Cheers!

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reading from CLEANING UP FINN (photo by Jim Thomsen)

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The Noir at the Bar gang – minus Ingrid Thoft (photo by Jim Thomsen)

BEING AN AUTHOR ACTUALLY REQUIRES TALKING TO PEOPLE

I’ve been invited to guest blog on Do Some Damage by my friend and fellow crime fiction writer (and fellow former SINC/LA board member!) Holly West. I discuss the importance of virtual and face time with readers and fellow authors. The key is to fool everyone into thinking it’s easy, even yourself. Now I actually have fun doing it too.