What a Trip!
My debut mystery, Jump the Gun: An Annabelle Starkey Mystery, was released by Poisoned Pen Press last month. I’ve been in the publishing business for decades (my husband and I are owners of Pomegranate, an art publishing house), and I’ve had some experience writing children’s books, but it has been a distinct thrill to have my first mystery published. A big part of this thrill is taking part in author events and readings.
I had the particular pleasure of appearing at Seattle Mystery Bookshop two days ago. Fran and Adele greeted me warmly and we enjoyed talking about some of our favorite writers (Adele turned me on to Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre, which I had a hard time putting down in order to write this little blog). The customers who dropped by were amiable and fun to meet—locals as well as vacationers. All of this would have been pleasure enough, but to top it off, I met up with my best friend from my senior year in high school, whom I hadn’t seen in about forty years. It was pure joy, and now she’s back in my life.
I had imagined that authoring a mystery could lead me into new associations and perhaps new friendships. But I didn’t anticipate how generous my readers could be, how welcoming bookshop owners could be, and how writing a book could invite small miracles into my life. One could say that getting published is miracle enough (it’s tough out there!), but for me, that’s just the great beginning. So far, the ensuing journey is the trip of a lifetime!
My gratitude is boundless for the publishers, bookstores, and readers who take chances on new authors. Thanks especially to the bricks-and-mortar bookstores—like Seattle Mystery Bookshop—who provide our communities with welcoming places for discovering our next good reads.
29 September 2013