Try this for a quick break.
I spoke to someone years ago about the fertile ground that Bouchercon, an annual mystery book conference, would provide to the brilliant Christopher Guest. He has dramatized the best and the worst of dog shows, folk music festivals, and community theater, so I can only imagine what he could do with a conference of writers, agents, publicists, and fans.
This morning I talked about writing, prosecuting, and Angel’s Tip with a terrific group of readers at Oakmont, PA’s Mystery Lovers Bookshop. I’d describe the conversation for you, but I think Jen from Jen’s Book Thoughts does a much better job: read all about the event here.
I’ve been quiet the past few days thanks to the nasty little cold that is my sworn enemy. I’m getting on a plane late tonight (during the debate, dammit!) to Pittsburgh. Looking forward to seeing folks Saturday at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, and on Sunday at Time Restaurant in Philly for a Robin’s Book Store event. See the remaining tour schedule here.
No, this French bulldog isn’t Duffer, but he sure is funny.
So….several times on book tour I’ve been asked the same question during Q&A, verbatim: “So were you really rescued from a plane?” (For those of you who don’t know, this is a reference to the backstory of the fictional Alafair Robicheaux in the Dave Robicheaux series authored by a different Burke.) Someone posting as Barnaby Jones even asked the question while I was briefly a guest at the Barnes & Noble Center Stage Book Club.
My sister Pamala (webmaster at my dad’s site) just confessed that she has been tracking my movements across the country, enlisting volunteers to pose the question, and then called the stores afterwards to make sure they were in on the joke. And the poster known as Barnaby Jones? That would be the prankster once again.
Can’t believe I didn’t figure it out sooner! As for her helpers on the road, next year I expect a different question.
So, Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts “tagged” me with a game that requires me to post 6 quirky facts about myself, and then to “tag” 6 other bloggers to do the same. I don’t know 6 other bloggers, so if you blog, consider yourself tagged by me. Here are my 6 quirky things:
The good folks at Reuters were kind enough to invite me for a Q&A. Not sure why, but this particular one has already been picked up by yahoo, aol, msnbc, and nydailynews.com. Why? Could it be because I came clean about how I REALLY wound up in NY?