A few years ago I was discouraged because I couldn’t find a publisher for my mystery series. I decided to take a break and write the kind of a book I loved as a kid, a historical novel.
I considered several ideas, including a book on the Civil War in Missouri, but that depressed me. I chose to write fiction about a topic I’d written about as nonfiction, the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812. I loved writing the book, Thunder Beneath My Feet, but no one rushed to publish it.
Then I sold Show Me the Murder, the first of my mystery series. I put aside marketing my historical novel. I sold three other mysteries before I went back to my middle grade/young adult novel and found a publisher.
Tomorrow Columbia (MO) Books will host a joint book launch for Thunder Beneath My Feet and Show Me the Ashes, my tenth and eleventh books.
If you’re in or near Columbia, drop by Columbia Books (1907 East Gordon) at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, for a short talk/readings, refreshments, and conversation amid new and antiquarian books.