Let me start with this. I'm way behind in my writing.
It's been a busy September/October in my writers life. After Bouchercon (where I was elected as Chair of the Board), I was able to have a bit of R&R at a retreat with the writing group I belong to called: Writers Writing. It was a 2-day focus on writing, reading, critiquing and encouraging our individual and collective work. We also took time to share a few meals, play games, do some yoga, and we ended up dancing. Yaay. It was the fellowship and sisterhood energy I needed to regain my creative focus. A pic, below, of the dynamic women and writers who are my valued beta readers:
A week later, I was a panelist with another dynamic group of women writers for a discussion sponsored by the GCLS called Color Between the Lives about the current status of Women of Color Sapphic Literature and what publishers can do to increase their offerings available to their readers.
The next day, I attended the Literary Hill Fest in DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood at the Eastern Market, where readers, writers, shoppers and families indulged in our love of books. I was included in a panel about Claiming Identity to talk about some of the family dynamics of Time's Undoing, and I spoke to, and signed books for a very nice crowd of interested readers.
At the end of September, I headed to beautiful Lewes, Delaware where I was invited to participate in the History Book Festival. What a wonderful event that is! Held in the cultural area of this small, historic city near Rehoboth Beach, the Festival is exceptionally organized. There were author panels, author presentations, and lots of opportunity to interact with
readers. I was interviewed by the amazing, Professor, Adenike Davidson of Delaware State University (Adenike is also the Chair of the Delaware Humanities Commission) and signed lots and lots of books.
Oh, and during the month I read a fabulous new book by an author friend, did a virtual book club chat with a group in Annapolis, MD., and managed a slew of Bouchercon business. Check out Bouchercon if you don't know about it.
October is off to a good start with upcoming events at the Southern Festival of Books in mid-October in Nashville, TN.
Followed by a town hall discussion on Writing Complex LGBTQ Characters for the International Thriller Writers (ITW) on Sunday, October 22 with fellow panelists, friends and award-winning writers: Margot Douaihy, Robyn Gigl, Laurie R. King, Lev AC Rosen and John Copenhaver.
This is a FREE webinar, and I hope you can join us!
More info to come on these wonderful October events.
Meanwhile, did I say I was behind in my writing. Please send good vibes!