Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted anything, and I apologize. Like many of you, I got caught up in a zillion holiday-related activities with friends and family. It was fun, but I am feeling a bit guilty about ignoring my blog, so I’ll try to catch you up.
As you know, Murder in Madden is is my first novel. I’m an experienced business writer and editor, but writing novel-length fiction is something altogether different. During the past three years, I’ve studied with some wonderful writing coaches: Cynthia Morris, Al Watt, Jerry Cleaver (sadly, now deceased), and others. While I was studying and writing, many of my friends kept asking, “So, when are you going to actually finish this book?” Well, I can say with certainty that my patience and diligence in studying story structure and learning the craft paid off. The feedback from readers has been overwhelmingly good. They have made comments like, “Great character development. I feel like I know them personally.” And, “It kept me guessing.” My favorite comment by far, which I’ve received from numerous readers is “I couldn’t Put it down.” Whew! I knew I had written a good book, and now my readers have validated it.
I’ve done some personal appearances and hope to do more. This month I was at The Coffee Shelf in Chapin, South Carolina, and on the 21st I’ll be at the Burry Bookstore in Hartsville, South Carolina. If you know of a book club or event I might be interested in, please use the contact form and let me know. I’d appreciate it.
Last week, I started on book number two in the Enid Blackwell series. I’ve committed to four Enid books. No, I won’t take three years to write each one. Hopefully, I can do one a year—that’s the goal.
Well, I’d better get back to writing. Thanks for checking in with me.