Thursday, February 18, 2016

Upcoming Appearances

February 24, 2016:  The Courtyard Cafe, Port Townsend, WA  6 pm.  Book reading and signing

March 22, 2016:  Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM  6 pm.  Book reading and signing

March 24, 2016:  Collected Works, Santa Fe, NM  6 pm.  Book reading and signing

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


The first book is out and I am experiencing the adrenaline rush and insecurity of lots of strangers all over the country (and a few in the UK, so far) reading my stuff.  So far, The Drum Within is being well received.  The responses I got from two writers I respect greatly, Lisa Scottoline and Robert Dugoni, bowled me over, lifted me off the ground and sent me into orbit.  Then came the praise of The Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and independent reviewers like FictionZeal.

I had the pleasure of talking about my start as a writer with Elizabeth George at the Chuckanut Writers Conference last year in Bellingham, WA.  She lives just across a stretch of water from me, and here I thought she lived in England all this time.  She said is was a good thing I had the second book in my series done before receiving the first reviews.  I understood instantly what she was driving at.  Writing is hard enough without getting hammered your first time out on the court.  I makes you not want to drive on the basket again, but take safe shots far outside the three-point line.  I was glad to get the second book done because I had another in my head pushing its way to the front.  But I am glad I missed an early roughing up.

It has been a long road, longer than I anticipated when I sold the book.  I now have a better appreciation for all the work and workers behind every cover I see in a bookstore and library.  The publishing industry, though, remains a bit of mystery to me and I am learning something new every day.  Writing good books, though, not the business, will always remain the focus of my energies.  I've had other businesses and successes.  I write because I admire great books and want write my own.

I'm off on a mini-book tour in New Mexico and I have a book launch here on the Olympic Peninsula.  I am looking forward to talking with readers and learning from them.  I'll have those details in future posts.