Monday, July 30, 2007

This and That for July 2007

Every so often I like to journal small stuff, like the minutia of life. Here’s a sample:

Well, It’s Been a Busy Week in St. Louis, My Hometown—Saturday I did a combination booksigning and make’n’take for Main Street Books of St. Charles ( We had seven folks—six ladies and a husband!—come try their hands at making a miniature album. The paper was kindly provided by Corey Dankocski of rock paper scissors. Each time I drop by, I walk out with all sorts of cool products. Corey definitely has “an eye” for what’s new and stylish. You can bet I’m going to sign up for one of her classes. Check them out at

Barry Eisler—I snagged a plum assignment from Love Is Murder on Dark and Stormy Nights. These two Chicago mystery writers’ conferences combined to become an awesome Midwest resource, check them out at They have asked me to interview their 2008 headliners. I posted my interview with Tess Gerritsen on Next up, the Love Is Murder folks will run my interview with Lee Child in two parts. (Wait ‘til you read about his connection with David Beckham!). Now I’m prepping for my interview with Barry Eisler, which I can already tell is going to be lots of fun. You gotta love a guy who writes about a stone-cold assassin but sends emails with emoticons in them. Plus…the man definitely has a sense of humor, as you can tell from his response to my first question: “Did you know your nickname is Barry Easy-on-the-Eyes?”

LOL! One look at me bleary-eyed and with bed-head (i.e., right now) would cure them instantly... :D


Niche Novels— Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Editor interviewed me for an article subtitled: “Hobbies and mystery plots ‘cozy’ up as a subgenre proliferates.” It ran on the front page of the Sunday Arts & Entertainment section. Wow. How cool is that? I only wish I had copies of OverExposed to sell right now! Check out the article:

All in all, July has been a fabulous month.


Camille Minichino said...

VERY cool, Joanna. I am especially a fan of Barry's Rain, just finished the latest.

Gramma said...

Wish I could have come by your signing in St Louis...alas, Tacoma is not an easy commute.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Camille, I agree. I'm loving reading John Rain and knowing I can ask questions from his creator. And Gramma, maybe I'll be in Tacoma someday and we'll meet. I hope so! I used to have a friend who owned a scrapbooking store in Seattle. Deanna? I think that was her name.

Camille Minichino said...

I love Gramma's logo ... makes me embarrassed to post my blog tomorrow. You'll see why!

Camille Minichino said...

Somehow I missed the article link the first time around ... terrific!