Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mourning in Miniature
Today is the release date for my latest Miniature Mystery, MOURNING IN MINIATURE. Subtitle: High School reunions can be murder!
This is my 12th novel - not a big number compared to others in this group, but I got a late start!
Question to self: are you as excited as when your first book came out 12 years ago?
I know the stock analogy, about how a mother loves all her children equally. (Really?) I still remember the first time I saw THE HYDROGEN MURDER, printed, with a jacket, my picture on the back flap -- quite a thrill. I made up a nice binder with everything that was ever mentioned about the book, even a simple listing in a tiny paper and all the invitations and flyers surrounding my events.
For the second book, I did the same -- almost, maybe with a little less conscientiousness. By the 5th and 6th books, I was tossing relevant literature into a large plastic box.
(Similarly, when my husband's first grandchild was born, his parents created a website for him, with daily updates on his micromovements. And for the second in that family? Let's just say we always get photos at Christmas.)
However, when anyone asks what's my favorite book, it's always the latest one. My most recent book is the best, not because of the particular plot or twists of phrase, but simply because it is the latest, and between books, I get to be that much better a writer. I'm better now than I was even eight months ago. Since then, I've written at least another 100,000 words (another book, plus blogs, short articles, interviews); I've had many more hours of brainstorming, critiquing, and preparing for writing classes. Of course I get better, so I can say with certainty, this book is the best one out, and MONSTER IN MINIATURE, due April 6, 2010 will be even better!
Do you have a favorite among your children, uh, books?
Celebrating my best with a DRAWING! If you'd like to be entered in a drawing for a mini crime scene, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with KILLER scene in the subject line.