Yes, I know this summer’s been far too hot everywhere. In fact, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, June was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. But I’ve enjoyed this summer anyway. Funny how events just refuse to portion themselves out nice and even. You get a long period when you think your life is stalled like an old tired car, and then suddenly you need to hit the ground running. I think I spent today just catching my breath.
The last weekend in July was Bookstock, which is Woodstock VT’s “Festival of Words”. Like last year, I signed up to help cover the Sisters in Crime table. In between selling my own books and explaining the Sisters in Crime mission to curious patrons of the Festival, I spent a pleasurable morning talking books and the mysteries of publishing with Ursula Wong, author of gripping novels about a little known corner of World War II. If you like stories about strong women dealing with brutal times, her “Amber Wolf” series is one you don’t want to pass up.
Ursula had to head back home around noon, so I spent the afternoon sharing the table with Lisa Lieberman, who enthralled me with her wealth of experience in writing and publishing. Her series of historical mysteries is based on old movies and often feature blacklisted Hollywood people in dangerous places.
Both these writers leave me in awe. I had quite enough trouble researching Washington D.C. in the mid-1960s for “The Last Party in Eden”, and I was there at the time!
Here’s an interview of Lisa and fellow Sisters in Crime author Frances McNamara, by Kathryn Gandek-Tighe.
It was definitely a Sisters in Crime week. A month ago I invited Connie Hambley, the president of our New England chapter, to join me and several other writers and readers at the Harpoon Brewery for an old-fashioned palaver over a cold brew. Never having done anything so brash before, I was very nervous. But when Connie showed up yesterday with her handsome husband Scott, the whole group couldn’t have had more fun! That’s my daughter-in-law Renee to my left, and Connie is sitting on my right (I’m holding my treasured stuffed lobster from last year’s Crimebake). Kudos to Scott for a great picture! Sometimes the best thing about meeting with old friends is being able to introduce them to new ones, and I think everyone was charmed and excited and inspired by the whole afternoon. The weather couldn’t have been better, though the hot sun did cause us to move from one outdoor table to another, which probably nonplussed our poor servers, but they rallied magnificently. Good food and brew and sometimes live music makes Harpoon one of the best places to stop in the area – don’t miss it the next time you’re in the Windsor-Hartland area.
To toot my own horn, also this week I was the subject of an interview by David Alan Binder. When he asked if I preferred an email interview or to talk on the phone, I replied that there is a reason I’m a writer, not a speaker! I had a very good time with his thought-provoking questions, and I hope you enjoy reading my answers.
Now to do a little summer relaxing before a planned road trip in September. More on that later.