2012 again sees three new titles--Sweet Hearts and Bitter Sweet in the Samantha Sweet series and a new Charlie Parker, Phantoms Can Be Murder. That means a fair amount of time where I've been closed away in my office, pecking away at the computer. During the evenings when I'm not writing or editing my own work, of course I love to read. Some favorites this year: the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley, several stand-alone books by Ruth Rendell . . . and a bunch more. Have also watched Downton Abbey (don't you love that series?), several seasons of A Touch of Frost and am now getting into Foyle's War, another British TV series.
Obviously, I am on a real British mystery kick this year, including in my own writing. Shortly after the release of Phantoms I was lucky enough to again travel to the small Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds, the locale of the book. I visited the bookstores and watched the Olympic Torch pass through. Visit my Facebook page to see some pictures of locations featured in the book, including the Angel Hotel (Charles Dickens stayed there!) and the cemetery at St. Mary's Church, a shortcut where Charlie had to walk late one night.
For anyone who fears that Charlie strayed too far from New Mexico, don't worry. She and Drake will be back at home next time. Of course (not to give away anything in the story...) it looks like they may be flying their helicopter in Alaska sometime in the future too!
People often ask if it's hard to come up with enough ideas to keep two series going. Actually, I have more ideas than I have time to write them all down. The next two books in each of my series are already bobbing around in my head, and when there's time . . . I actually have another new series in mind. If only I could invent the 48 hour day!
Meanwhile, enjoy the lovely autumn weather and stay in touch!