Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I'd Like to Thank . . .
Back on Thursday I got this terrific news from my editor! I wanted to save it till now to send out concurrently with the newsletter. (Okay, it wasn't really a headline -- just my fun.) But seriously, huge thanks to all of you for giving Elizabeth such a boost!!
And to thank you all, I'm herewith announcing another CONTEST! All through this month, every time you make a comment on this blog, I'll put your name in the hat-- or the basket or the hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar. On July 1, a lucky winner will be drawn. The prize is the right to name a character in my work in progress -- for yourself, a pet, a friend (only with the friend's consent.)
There are two characters in DARK SEASON named by people who won the right in auctions or raffles -- Lee Pallatt and James Suttles. I had fun with both of them. A friend gave the right to Lee as a gift and Larry Suttles won the right and asked me to commemorate his father James. Of course, I wouldn't give your name to an evil person -- unless you requested it!
And finally, here's a link to the slideshow of pictures pertaining to DARK SEASON. (The computer and I got along fine at the library talk this evening.)
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
July 8-15 Wildacres Writing Workshop. I will be leading a workshop on the novel. Here's your chance to spend a week surrounded by writers of all sorts. More info for 2017 HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/