This being July 17 Poke Rafferty #5, THE FEAR ARTIST, has burst upon the word, bringing traffic to a stop in many major metropolitan areas.
Or not. But it’s very nice to see it up and to see eight reviews spring instantly into existence (on Amazon) and to have seven of those eight be five-star reviews. And they’re NOT all by people I know.
Had a fascinating three days on the road (Phoenix, Houston, Austin) with Martin Limon, the author of the prodigious Sueno and Bascom series set in 1970s Korea, books I’ve read avidly since the first one appeared in, I think, 1990. We visited three great stores–Poisoned Pen in Phoenix, Murder By the Book in Houston, and BookPeople in Austin–and I’m afraid I talked Martin’s ear off. What could be worse than being trapped for three days in a very small car with a jacked-up, coffee-guzzling fanboy? Martin handled it well.
Now I can put Murphy and Treasure and all the rest of it behind me and move wholeheartedly into the next one, which is coming nicely, I believe. And MAKING STORY: TWENTY-ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT is just around the bend in that there river. And it looks like there may be a TWENTY-ONE WRITERS series, each dealing with a different component of the novel-writing mystery, or, rather, process.
Life is so interesting.