Tuesday
Nov072017

2017 - Where did you go? ... August

 

 

Once again the days and weeks and months have slipped away... not completely out of my grasp - I did manage to hang on while the latter part of 2017 dragged me along as it galloped out of control, but my grip was always tenuous.  

The craziest months were August, September, and November.  At the beginning of each there were new releases.  So this was August.

The first of August saw the international release of Crossing the Lines, my metafiction.  Published by the wonderful Poisoned Pen Press in the US, and the extraordinary Pantera Press in Australia, it was launched with a great deal of cake and celebration at The Nest in Tumbarumba and Readings Hawthorne in Melbourne.  My husband Michael launched it in Tumbarumba and my dear friend and fellow writer, Robert Gott launched it in Melbourne.  Crossing the Lines was for me a real departure from the historical crime fiction for which I am known.  I've been overwhelmed by the reception it's received from readers and reviewers both here and in the US.  The Huffington Post called it "a deeply-imagined and inventive novel about art, truth, and the blurring of the lines between reality and fantasy" and the Australian said: "Crossing the Lines is a book that smiles and offers cake while it thinks".  Through August I spoke spent many hours travelling with this book and through wonders of modern technology also managed to chat with a lovely bookclub in Hockessin Delaware.

 

 

  Photo: Hockessin Book Shelf

 

Wednesday
Apr262017

Crossing the Lines

So... despite falling behind with my website, I have been working.  The eighth Rowland Sinclair Mystery, A Dangerous Language will be released in Australia in October, and Miles off Course in the US in June.  I'm immersed in writing book 9 at the moment. And in between I wrote something else...

Crossing the Lines will be released internationally (the US and Australia) in August.  The novel is a departure from my other work.  It's a strange little story about the relationship between writers and their protagonists, about what happens when the lines between life and art are crossed and imagination becomes a better reality.

To be honest I've been quite overwhelmed by the early reaction to this book.

 

A tour de force! Crossing the Lines is a brilliant blend of mystery, gut-wrenching psychological suspense and literary storytelling. The novel stands as a shining (and refreshing) example of meta-fiction at its best--witty and wry, stylish and a joy to read.

                                                                             -Jeffery Deaver

  

"A delightful, cerebral novel featuring a crime writer who grows dangerously enamored with her main character. As the interplay between creator and created reaches Russian-nesting-doll complexity, it forces us to question the nature of fiction itself."

-Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestelling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man

 

I wrote it because the idea niggled at me, demanded to be written and when it was I wasn't sure if anyone would like it.  Needless to say I'm delighted, relieved and still a little scared.

The novel will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in the US and Pantera Press in Australia.  As such it has two different and wonderful covers.

 

Poisoned Pen Press' Cover (US)            Pantera Press' Cover (Australia)

 

Please look out for it.

 

 

Wednesday
Apr262017

New clothes for Rowly!

The decision was made by my wonderful publishers at Pantera Press to recover and relaunch the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries this year before the release of the 8th book, A Dangerous Language.  It was not a decision that was taken lightly and I must admit that for some time I was dubious as to its advisability.  And then I saw the covers... and I couldn't be more excited about Rowly's new clothes.  These are just the first three.  I hope you'll love them as much as I do.

   

Wednesday
Apr262017

Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival

This year I had the very great previlege of being asked to launch the Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival.  Held in the Women's Club in Sydney the festival is a wonderful forum of ideas and stories.  I attended as a guest writer last year and was left in awe of the strong, successful, intelligent, and compassionate women who make up the membership.  The invitation to launch this year's festival was truly an honour.

  With Emily Maguire who gave the key note address

Wednesday
Apr262017

Jugiong Writers' Festival

In March (yes I know that was a while ago - I'm sorry)  I was a guest of the Jugiong Writers' Festival.  Jugiong is tiny little town (even smaller than Batlow) about and hour or so from Canberra.  Despite is diminutive size is holds the most wonderful writers' festival every couple of years.  This year the guests included Stan Grant, Di Morrissey, the ladies of Jane Campion, Margareta Osbourne, Karen Viggers, Deb Stevens and myself.  It was warm, relaxed, thoughtful and sold out event.  To the festival committee I can only say Bravo!... and thank you for having me.