For starters, I'm staring down yet another deadline, which I'm talking about this week at Criminal Minds. I have two months to write, polish and produce the 8th book in my Odelia Grey series to Midnight Ink. The book is tentatively titled Bidding On Bodies and in this offering we will get to meet some of Odelia's in-laws. The writing on this manuscript is going well, but slooooooooooooow. But the days will shoot by like bullets from a terrorist's gun, so I have to be diligent on how I spend my time.
|Sky Walk over West Rim of Grand Canyon|
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A big milestone was reached this weekend - the Sue Ann Jaffarian Fan Club on Facebook shot past 500 members! I can't thank Cyn Rielley enough for starting this club, and also my niece, Lindsay Jaffarian Holm, who administers it with Cyn. When it started a few years back, it never occurred to me we'd have so many members or that it would become such a lively place for book discussions. If you haven't joined yet, you should. In August, I'm running a contest just for members.
Recently, the first review of HIDE AND SNOOP came out and I did a happy dance. Publisher's Weekly called it: "...enormously entertaining ... offers tight plotting, first-class humor, and vivid descriptions." Read chapter 1 of HIDE AND SNOOP.
Circling back to writing, this weekend I realized that in the next 14 months I have three novels and one novella due to two different publishers, and I'd like to add to my Holidays From Hell short story series. It's a very tall order, but I'm optimistic that it will all get done. I'm not so optimistic about the condition of my apartment during the next year, but it's a small sacrifice to make for doing what I love. So if I seem scarce in the next few months, you'll know I'm hard at work knocking manuscripts off of my to do list.