New release! Sort of….

Lion Hudson has released “Death of a Jester,” the third Branigan Powers mystery, in the UK and for online orders. However, it will not reach American bookstores until August.

The staggered release is due to Lion Hudson changing its American distributor. The new sales team needed more time to get the book into stores in the U.S.

Watch for an announcement in late summer of a book launch party in Greenville, SC. I hope you can be there!

New book in the works

My English publisher underwent a downsizing then a buy-out, so I wasn’t at all sure that it would accept the third book in the Branigan Powers series. But Lion Hudson has indeed taken it.

The tentatively titled Death of a Jester is in the editing and cover-producing process. I hope to report a launch date for some time this year.

Launch Party!

I hope you will join me on July 13 at Fiction Addiction, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. in Greenville, for a drop-in to celebrate the launch of “The Cover Story.” Come any time between 5:30 and 8 PM.
 Fiction Addiction is a small independent bookstore, but we can spread out into a courtyard for wine and refreshments.
“The Cover Story” is the second in the Branigan Powers mystery series.
The Cover Story
A fatal crash involving two college students  seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road — an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse.
Branigan delves into the mystery that takes her to a college campus, and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties.
Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn’t there rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before other students are put in danger.
Hope to see you there!

Work in progress

I’ve been speaking to a lot of book clubs this fall. One group was particularly curious about the writing process. Do you outline? Do you set word goals? Do you set mileposts and write to them?

No, no and no. I just jump in. “In fact,” I told them, “I’m 50 pages into my latest book. Not only do I not know whodunit, I don’t even know who the victim is yet.”

They all looked at me like, That’s a book no one’s gonna want to read.

 But a wise woman in the group said, “When you do decide, you’ll have to go back and adjust, won’t you?”

Absolutely. I may have to add a character. I almost certainly will have to add scenes and hints and foreshadowing. Tweak the setting.

This will be the third book in the Branigan Powers series. (The second, The Cover Story, is scheduled for an April 2017 release in the UK, a June release in the U.S.) In the third, I want to explain a little about Malachi’s background, the trauma that led him into homelessness. The story is taking on a life of its own. The characters are telling me where they need to go.

I’d always heard authors explain a similar process when I interviewed them for The Greenville (SC) News years ago. Now I find myself writing the same way.