Q: Why aren't your books in hardcover?
A: That was the publisher's decision, not mine. I suspect they felt that I'd have better luck building an audience with seven dollar paperbacks than with twenty-five dollar hardcovers. And let's face it, many folks see mysteries as quick, rather disposable reading -- not something they intend to read again and again.
Q: Are your books on Kindle and other Ebook formats?
A: Yes, they are. Again, that's up to the publisher -- I have nothing to do with it.
Q: What about audio books?
A: Sorry, no. I'd love it if they were -- especially if it was a good reader who did the dialect well. Maybe someday . . . but again, this is in the hands of the publisher and, like everything to do with publishing, it's driven by the bottom line.
Q: What advice would you give writers hoping to get a book contract with a traditional publisher?
A: 1. Don't quit your day job in hopes of selling a book and watching the money roll in. That happens in only a very, very, VERY few instances.
2. Your first priority should be to finish writing your book --before you get your author's website (I said, website, not blog) and before you get that author's photo taken in the tweed jacket with suede elbow patches. Finish the book and start the next one.
3. There's an overwhelming amount of writing and publishing information out there. Don't try to read it all. Don't attend every conference and take every workshop. If you did, when would you have time to write your book?
The two photos were taken at sunset on Jupiter Road as I drove home from the interview.