Wow, I’m over the moon to share that INK AND BONE is a Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 Nominee for Best Horror Novel of the Year! Honestly, this is the award that means the most to me, because it’s all about readers and what they chose as their favorites for the year. So really, this award is about you.
Inhabiting Character, Art Imitating Life, and What Publishing Jobs Taught Us about Writing
Most of the time, authors are alone. To complete a novel, one must be comfortable with solitude. In fact, one must even be happy to log hours with head bent in silence, fingers to the keyboard. But on the other side of publication, authors often have to put on our extrovert hats and get out into the world – book tours, speaking engagements, conferences. At Bouchercon (world’s biggest mystery writers and readers convention) this past September, I bumped into author Chris Pavone for the third time this year. We met at the Tucson Book Festival in March. He came to my booksigning for INK AND BONE at Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. And then we ran into each other at a party in New Orleans. We’ve had a number of interesting, if brief, conversations about how often Labradoodles need to be bathed, introversion vs. extroversion, and balancing career and family life.
I’m back home now after a fantastic book tour for INK AND BONE. The last couple of months were a whirlwind. Wow! Thanks to everyone — booksellers, librarians, media, author pals, reader friends, and family — who turned out for my events up and down the east coast. Some were huge, some were more intimate. Every single one was special in some way. I loved chatting about the book, spending time on stage with such stellar authors as Allison Leotta, Lisa Lutz, and Pam Iorio (former mayor of Tampa), and most of all connecting with readers who went out of their way to attend the book signings. I felt very blessed and humbled. Thank you!
Ghosts, Guns and Dark Places
I am a long-time fan of New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. Not just because she’s a superstar writer, but also because she’s a truly lovely and generous person. She took time out of her crazy busy schedule to spend a week as my pen pal! What started off as a simple Q&A turned into a really deep conversation about process, psychology, research and the supernatural. Enjoy!