It’s Summer, and Time to Press the Flesh

 

Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, "Deadly Cult".
Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, “Deadly Cult”.

I remember the lazy summers of my youth. Road trips with my family. Playing Freeze Tag. Barbeques and just having fun. Those days are gone. As a writer, my summers have become a time to meet and connect with my readers and fans.

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. For four days each spring, the festival features panel discussions and master classes for authors, editors and publishers of LGBT literature. I was lucky enough to participate on the panel: RETURN ENGAGEMENT: THE ART OF THE SEQUEL, which delved into the art of writing a series.

On a special side note, I’d like to mention that my editor and fellow Sister-in-Crime member Greg Herren was inducted into this year’s Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame.

But the summer fun doesn’t end there. On June 21 and 22 I’ll be shaking hands at the Denver Pride Festival. My publisher, Bold Strokes Books, is sponsoring a booth with lots of swag. Pride officials are estimating over 350,000 people will be attending, so I’m sure my arm will get tired!

And on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, I’ll be at Thriller Fest, participating on the panel “HOW DO YOU CREATE VISUAL NOVELS? Secrets Borrowed From Film” with Panel Master Lorenzo Carcaterra. I’ll also be signing books that afternoon from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

I’m sure more activities will pop up throughout the summer, especially with such an active Sisters-In-Crime membership! Be sure to log into our page frequently for the latest information!

YJoel is currently working on his third novel for Bold Strokes Books. His first two novels, also published by Bold Strokes Books, are Pursued and Deadly Cult. You can visit Joel on the web, or  on Facebook.

Dying to Know You: The Importance of Relationship in Mystery

Writer Glen Writer Ebisch spoke about the importance of relationships in a mystery novel at the May 17th meeting of the Upper Hudson Chapter of SinC. The Mavens thank Glen for giving us a lot of great ideas to think about, including how having one changing relationship can add dynamism to a book. We wish him well on his new book, The Blank Canvas (Five Star, April 2014).

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Congratulations Jenny Milchman!

Congratulations go to Mavens member Jenny Milchman, whose book Cover of Snow, received the Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award at the MWA Edgar Awards in New York City! The award is given annually to suspense fiction authors writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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