A Week in the Writing Life

A Week in the Writing Life

Good Saturday morning. It promises to be a lovely day here in Ottawa. Sun is out and we’ll be hitting five degrees C. This is most unusual for the end of November. It sure is nice to see the sun though – this has been one grey, gloomy month thus far.

I managed some writing this week on my latest manuscript, so that felt good. I finished making chapter updates and the character list. I’m still figuring out the plot in my head and expect this one will take time to work through. Meanwhile, my friend and author Alex Brett offered to give When Last Seen an additional copy edit. She’s already sent along a note saying she’s half way through and hooked on the story, happily only finding one typo. In addition, Heather Williams is making good progress narrating the audiobook, now a third of the way through.

So next Saturday is the Maple Leaf Mystery Conference, a full day of virtual panels and interviews with authors from the Eastern Ontario region (mainly Ottawa). You can still register for $20. I’m on the police procedural panel at noon. The email is MapleLeafMysteryConference@gmail.com

This weekend, I’ll be working on my talk for the Capital Crime Writers Christmas dinner on December 14th. This will be my last event before the new year when I’ll get started on marketing for the next book. I had a lovely phone call chat with Judy Penz Sheluk on Tuesday morning to catch up and discuss publicity ideas. We have a supportive writing community in Canada, one of the best things about being an author.

Mary Jane Maffini has a new Camilla McPhee book out and the launch will be at Perfect Books (258 Elgin Street, Ottawa) on Tuesday evening, November 29 between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. This is a great chance to meet Mary Jane and buy some books for your Christmas list. We might even cross paths too 🙂

I’m currently reading Adrian McKinty’s latest thriller The Island. This is not a book to read before bed if you want a good night’s sleep. It’s non-stop tension! Here I am getting my book signed last month at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.