Jan 20, 2010

Quick: what's a non-skiing, Internet scavenger like me doing at a family ski resort with only a dial-up modem at the top end of the Appalachians? Why, writing, of course! It's the McConnell family annual get-together at Owl's Head in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and possibly the most beautiful scenery this side of the Rockies. It reminds me of a hotel in Heiligkreuz, Switzerland, once owned by my cousin Barb Grossenbacher. I knew I wouldn't end up on the slopes once I got here, but I didn't know I was about to walk into a new fiction plot. Talk about a perfect setting for a mystery! This is as secluded and atmospheric as it gets, with mist shrouded mountaintops and roads blocked by snow. Still, it's going to have to wait, since I'm already deep into writing three other books at the moment. Every dog (and book) shall have its day.

Jan 14, 2010

My first blog post of the new year. I seem to be getting lazy at this. Lots has been going on, including the preliminary sketches of the cover for Vanished In Vallarta, third volume of the Bradford Fairfax mystery series. Nick Craine has created another great sketch. He tells me he finds the books inspiring, and I believe him, because his covers are terrific. He's had an idea for a box set of seven in the Pride Flag rainbow colours. I just happen to have seven books planned. And by chance, the first two spines also happen to be lavender and indigo.


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