A belated Happy New Year to all of you! Last year, 2017, was a pretty amazing time in my writing life. I was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, something I never thought possible. Women today are breaking through the glass ceiling and because of MWA I became the first out-writer to win this honor—breaking the lavender ceiling. Despite my dislike of flying these days, Kathy and I had a wonderful time in NYC. We had a wonderful lunch at the Gramercy Tavern with my editor, Kelley Ragland, my publisher, Andrew Martin, my agent, Deborah Schneider, and others from the press. The whole weekend was something I'll never forget. In fact, it still feels a bit surreal. If you're interested in listening to my short acceptance speech (or reading it), just click on the links:
Watch the speech on YouTube
Read the speech
At the end of February, my newest Jane Lawless mystery will be published by St. Martin's/Minotaur. A Whisper of Bones is already receiving some wonderful reviews. Which reminds me: Because review sites are dwindling for every writer, may I ask that, if you have the time and the inclination, please consider writing a short review for Amazon, Goodreads, or other internet sites. If you like the series, it will help to keep it going strong. If you hate the book, drop Cordelia Thorn a note. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.
Speaking of new books, St. Martin's has generously offered me another two-book contract. I'll begin work on the next in the series this week. I always miss Jane and company when I'm away from them, so I'm looking forward to digging in.
This past fall, I signed a contract with Recorded Books for audiobook editions of my last five mysteries. In fact, the new audio edition of A Whisper of Bones will be released on February 27th, the same day the physical book hits stores. I've grown to love audiobooks since I first joined Audible six years ago. If you haven't tried them out yet, perhaps a new Jane Lawless will pique your interest!
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Edgar Award winners; the award!
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