Does humor have a place in a murder mystery? Check out my post on Leslie Diehl’s blog, to get my take on this. Here’s the link: www.lesleyadiehl.com/murder-at-the-fair
During the last week of October, I spoke to a second grade class about writing. The kids amazed me! One child asked, but not in so many words, if I ever had writers block. If I did, he wanted to know how I dealt with it. The class blew me away! They knew so much about writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, because the kids were so attentive and interested.
Ever wonder how Pete Culnane got his last anme? I’ll be blogging about it on October 6. Please check it out at Marja McGraw’s blog.
Murder on a Stick: The Third Pete Culnane Mystery, was released on August 6. The launch party was at Subtext: A Bookstore, located in St. Paul, on September 3. The turnout was FANTASTIC! It was followed by a signing at Once Upon A Crime, in Minneapolis, on September 6. One patron provided an excellent suggestion for the title of book four: Mistletoe and Murder. Now all I have to do is finish writing that book. Remaining optimistic, but not far along enough to have any idea of a target date.
Three events are scheduled, celebrating the release of Murder on a Stick:
September 3rd, you could eat dinner at Nina’s or W.A. Frost, then join me at Subtext: A Bookstore (165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, MN) at 7 PM for the book launch party. The party includes a reading, followed by a Q & A session. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
eptember 6th from noon ’til 2 p.m., support Pat and Gary, the owners of one of your favorite mystery bookstores at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books (604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN). This event includes a signing, and a chance to ask me how I got myself into this, what I just learned about Pete’s great-grandmother, you name it.
September 6 at 7 p.m. Join me for a mini State Fair at Eat My Words Bookstore (1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN). Bring your appetite. Soup, crackers, cheese, pretzels, peanuts, and cookies will be served.
Ever wonder where authors gets their information? Curious about my ability to portray a cop’s actions correctly? Check out this blog to learn about the steps I take to make it accurate and realistic. http://debrahgoldstein.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/guest-blogger-s-l-smith-researching-everything-under-the-sun/
This is the third year I’m participating in JANO. It’s an annual writing contest sponsored by Sleuths Ink, a writing group based in Springfield, Missouri. The goal is to write 50,000 words, during the month of January.
The manuscripts drafted the first two years I participated are now books two and three in the Pete Culnane mystery series. I have my heart set on completing a rough draft for book four this time around. For that reason, I’ve done little other than write since New Year’s Day.
Sunday, January 5:Set 5,000 words per day as my goal. Not doing well on that count. Even so, the story is taking shape. Hope my brain and my fingers continue cooperating. 18514 / 50000 37.03% Done! 40178 / 50000 80.36% Done! 50145 / 50000 100% Done!
Saturday, January 11: Research and other diversions kept me from getting as far as I’d hoped by this date. Now striving to reach 50,000 words by January 14. Time will tell.
Monday, January 13: After two days of doing almost nothing except writing, hit the contest goal of 50,000 words. Then added another 145 words to complete the thought. Pete and Martin solved the crime, but there are still loose ends to tie up.
18514 / 50000 37.03% Done!
40178 / 50000 80.36% Done!
50145 / 50000 100% Done!
Copies of Blinded by the Sight are still available in a few locations. If you’re having trouble finding one, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to mail one to you.
Running Scared is now available. Had events on September 5th and 7th. Thrilled with the turnout. Check the “Where to Buy” page to see where to obtain copies.
Thrilled to say everything is progressing for the September 1, 2013 release date for book two in the Pete Culnane mysteries. Here’s the summary:
Nick Rice knows someone is after him. He doesn’t know who, and he doesn’t know why. Efforts to determine either or both are unsuccessful. This morning, during his daily run, he concocts a sure-fire solution. For the first time in weeks, he relaxes.
St. Paul investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are together again. They must determine if a horrific crash on Wheelock Parkway was accidental or deliberate. Their step-by-step investigation uncovers secrets that leave more than one person running scared.
And here’s the cover:
Since January, I’ve been working on the draft for this novel, the third in the Pete Culnane Mystery Series. Also anxiously, and impatiently, awaiting the arrival of the first proof of Running Scared.
JANO is an annual writing contest sponsored by Sleuths Ink, a writing group based in Springfield, Missouri. The goal is to write 50,000 words, during the month of January. This is my second year of participation. Follow my progress here.
Wednesday, January 2: I’ve done little other than write for the first two days of JANO. I have my heart set on a 6,000 words/day pace. Hope my brain and my fingers continue to cooperate.
12152 / 50000 24.3% Done! 23428 / 50000 46.86% Done! 35550 / 50000 71.1% Done! 43105 / 50000 86.21% Done! 46210 / 50000 92.42% Done! 50098 / 50000 100% Done!
Friday, January 4: Fell a little behind my target pace on day four. Hope to get back up to speed tomorrow.
Monday, January 7: Writer’s block reigns supreme. Continue struggling with Murder on a Stick. Here’s my week 1 total:
Wednesday, January 9: Just completed day 9. The struggle is ongoing. Woe is me.
Friday, January 11: Spent more time researching than writing the last two days.
Sunday, January 13: Reached my JANO goal today! Work on this manuscript will continue, after I take a break, but won’t continue reporting progress here.
12152 / 50000 24.3% Done!
23428 / 50000 46.86% Done!
35550 / 50000 71.1% Done!
43105 / 50000 86.21% Done!
46210 / 50000 92.42% Done!
50098 / 50000 100% Done!
Book Trailer for Blinded by the SightTo check out the book trailer for Blinded by the Sight, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/
Spent August 23rd and August 30th at the Great Minnesota Get Together. State Fair law enforcement and St. Paul Fire graciously took the time to answer my questions. Thanks to their cooperation, the third Pete Culnane mystery is on its way.
The second Pete Culnane mystery will be released on September 1, 2013.
I’ll be blogging about a subject that has been a recent topic of discussion. The subject is “Writing What I Don’t Know.” In this blog I talk about the types of research I did while writing my second novel, scheduled for release on September 1, 2012.
Please stop in at Savvy Authors to read my post and let me know what you think. I’m interested in your research experiences.
Work continues on the sequel. Spoke with a member of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office yesterday. Spent time today viewing the crime scene. Pete and Martin are working long days, trying to solve the case. Stay tuned.