Friday, December 31, 2010
Great Expectations for 2011
I ask you: Where in the hell did this year go? Seems like just yesterday, or at least last month, I was madly writing towards a break neck deadline while wondering what insanity 2010 would bring. Now I’m wondering what craziness is in store in 2011.
I wrote 3 novels: Murder In Vein, Twice as Dead and Baited Blood, and started Ghost on the Gallows.
Murder In Vein launched my new vampire mystery series – my third mystery series.
Twice As Dead was the 6th book in the Odelia Grey mystery series. I have a 12-book contract for that series, so the completion of Twice As Dead put me at the halfway mark. And let's not forget Corpse on the Cob, which was released February 2010.
There was no Granny Apples book released in 2010 because of a release date cha-cha by my publisher, but Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini, the 2nd book in that series, will be out in just a few weeks.
I attended Left Coast Crime in Los Angeles, Malice Domestic in Virginia, Oakmont Authors Festival in Pennsylvania, Book Expo in New York and Bouchercon in San Francisco. Somewhere along in there I managed a trip to Jim Thorpe, PA, for research and a visit with my family in Massachusetts. I also did countless library and fund raising events.
I also completed nearly five years at the law firm and paid off most of my debts.
In spite of the above accomplishments, it was a rocky year, with the writing of three books and all the book promotion draining me physically and emotionally, but I bounced back and am finishing up the year on a high note of expectation for the next twelve months.
Write Granny #3, Odelia #7, Vampires #3.
I’ll be attending Murder in the Magic City and Murder on the Menu, both in Alabama, and Bouchercon in St. Louis. And, of course, the usual book signings and speaking engagements. I’m looking forward to the little lighter travel schedule this year.
As for the world in general, most things in the news made me nuts or sad or horrified. But there were stories that brought great hope and joy. Who will ever forget those Chilean miners rescued after 69 days underground? Unfortunately, there were fewer of those stories, but the important thing is we are not without hope as long as we have life. Just ask any of those miners and their families.
Okay 2011, let me slap on a little lipstick and I’ll be ready for ya!