Yes, I know it’s been a quiet week on the blog here, but many reasons why. So what have I been up to? Well, the last few days have included a phone interview with James Ellroy, an email interview with Alexandra Sokoloff, and prep for an upcoming interview with Michael Taeckens about his terrific new anthology Love Is A Four-Letter Word; look for all those soon at a blog near you (in fact, very near you at this moment). Last night was a reading in D.C. by Denny Drabelle (interviewed earlier this week), and then Tara and I had dinner with the truly delightful Kathy Fish, a flash fiction master; and on the heels of that, Tara had another of her own flash pieces accepted this morning, at the Northville Review, following another story’s recent acceptance at Barrelhouse. Congratulations! And throughout the week, I’ve been toiling away at writing the Fall for the Book program — many things still to be announced there, so keep watching that website! — and enjoying the novels of John Shannon for an article I’m working on for Mystery Scene. Oh, and my editor at Mystery Scene just asked me to interview Nevada Barr about a new stand-alone novel set in New Orleans. How could I say no?
Excuses aside, however, it’s back to blogging. And since it’s Thursday, that means a quick look ahead at the North Carolina literary scene. Highlights of the next few days include two appearances by John Hart with his third (and in my opinion best) novel, The Last Child; he’ll be reading at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village on Saturday, July 18, and again at the Barnes & Noble in Cary on Tuesday, July 21.
Also making the rounds this weekend is MaryAnn McFadden, one of the writers who’s made that inspiring transition from self-published novelist to bestselling author, with her new book, So Happy Together; she’ll be at McIntyre’s Books on Sunday, July 19, and then at the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines the following afternoon, Monday, July 20.
And since I mentioned Alexandra Sokoloff above, don’t miss my interview with her on Monday, in advance of her reading at Durham’s Regulator Bookshop on Wednesday, July 22.
Sorry for the quickie update here; I’ll be back on track early next week.