This Saturday, October 29, I’ll be joining 15 other members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime at The Writer’s Center in Maryland for the first of two Author Showcases on our fall schedule. This Saturday’s event begins at 12:30 with mingling and snacks, and the formal program begins at 1 p.m. The Writer’s Center is at 4508 Walsh Street in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and book sales will be provided by Mystery Loves Company.
Near the end of each year, the chapter hosts two such events—one in Maryland and a second in Virginia—to give members the opportunity to share news about publications over the past year: stories, books, or other news. Participants in this Saturday’s event include Donna Andrews, John DeDakis, Barb Goffman, Mary Ellen Hughes, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Kim Kash, Debbi Mack, Eileen McIntire, Alan Orloff, KM Rockwood, Colleen Shogan, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Marianne Wilski Strong, Robin Templeton, and Rebecca York. I’m pleased to have a few recent publications to share, including my story “Parallel Play” in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, my story “The Great Detective Reflects” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and then the inclusion of my story “Rearview Mirror” in this year’s Best American Mystery Stories. So there’s my news, but come out to hear everyone’s else’s as well! And these events provide good opportunities for early holiday shopping as well for all the book lovers on your list.
The Virginia event will be Saturday, December 3, at the Reston Library in Reston, Virginia. Stay tuned for the list of participants there!
In other news, my latest post at Criminal Minds is also my last there—posted on Friday about how writers write (or don’t) under stress. So there was a nice segue into an exit—and a chance too to celebrate the writer taking my place: Danny Gardner, who will step in on Friday, November 4. Stay turned for great posts by him!