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I was sad when my writing classes at the Richmond City Jail were canceled last March. Back then, I was naive enough to think the hiatus would last a few weeks. It’s become obvious that classes won’t resume for many months, probably not this year . . . maybe never. That makes me sad. The inmates in my class were serious about improving their writing, and I miss our weekly interactions.
Book groups often ask authors to visit and talk about one of their books. I enjoy this and go whenever and wherever I’m invited, but today’s visit was a bit unusual. I went to the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland County, where their book club is reading the first in my Roaring Twenties series, The Impersonator. The prison looks rather like a college campus built in the 1930s that has gone a little shabby. I’d love to show you pictures but the only thing I was allowed to bring onto the grounds was my photo ID and my car keys. I found these stock photos online. Our meeting lasted over an hour and the women seemed very interested in the topic and appreciative that I could come.
Yesterday I was asked to speak about the Roaring Twenties and my mystery series to a group of 40 seniors who belonged to three book clubs. They had arranged last year to read The Impersonator and come together for my presentation and a Q&A–and a lovely lunch!
I was honored to be asked to introduce best-selling author Lisa Scottoline to a crowd of 1,200 fans last Wednesday night. Lisa was the featured author for 2019’s All Henrico Reads program and came to Richmond as part of her publicity tour for her newest book. If she ever decides to retire from writing, she’d make a great stand-up comedian! What a fun evening!
The Fort Pitt Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) sponsored a conference last weekend that focused on Lord Dunmore and his war with the Shawnee. I was invited to give a talk about Lady Dunmore–which was great fun for me since I’m working on a fictionalized biography of the countess. I met and listened to terrific speakers and learned a lot that I can use in my book.
For the fourth year in a row, Friday and Saturday nights brought murder to one of Chesterfield’s libraries. This popular event, which sold out fast, included a whodunit performance by some exceptional hams, er . . . thespians–the employees of Chesterfield County library system–with wine/beer and lovely food, terrific door prizes (mostly packages of books–what else?), a quiz show game with prizes, and book signings with six area mystery authors. Can they top this next year?
I’ve just learned that I’ll be speaking at the 2019 Historical Novel Society Conference on June 21. My session, titled Weird-but-True Things No One Knows about the Roaring Twenties, is scheduled first, at 8:00 on Friday morning at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon, Maryland (across the river from Washington DC). I’ll be up early that morning, you can be sure of that! For the complete schedule of speakers for the 2-day conference, click here.
My publisher released the paperback version of my latest mystery today–at last people can get the inexpensive format!
Just learned my publisher will be bringing out my latest (the fourth) in the Roaring Twenties series, in paperback–finally!!–in November. I’m pleased, because that brings down the price to a reasonable level.