I’m almost finished with the first draft of my fourth novel–another mystery. So I don’t think it’s too soon to start telling you about it. If you read A SLEUTH IN SAUSALITO, you know Gwen Harris, the reluctant sleuth. Well, she’s here again in A SLEUTH IN SAN RAFAEL. This time she gets involved with murders in a retirement home, where her old friend Megan (now widowed) is living. Narrow escapes, a wretched co-worker, a new romance and trouble with the law are some of the things she has to deal with. I hope when it comes out you’ll be eager to read it!
I love words, but sometimes those words have to be changed. Lots of writers hate re-writing, and indeed it can be a challenge, especially if you are making seismic changes–turning your story inside out, or changing the character of the character. Yes, you read that right. My recent attendance at the Mystery Writers Conference inspired me to do some major re-writing. It’s both scary and exciting, because now I have some wonderful new ideas which I can weave into my mystery. Stay tuned. I’m sure the final effort will be worth it.
Four the past four days I attended the Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, which is a little north of San Francisco. It’s the third time I’ve attended in about six years. I always find it so inspiring. There are many well-known authors who form the faculty of this event. The conference covers every possible subject from plotting to polishing your manuscript. Although much of it was not new to me as I’ve been writing for some time and have won awards, there are always some take-aways. The biggest for me was that I was advised in a consult with my favorite agent to revise the sequence of the book. I may do that, and that is huge, but will make the book more exciting!
Doug Lyle and Isabel Allende speaking at conference participants.
Famous writers Laurie King and Cara Black chatting at the break.
Hello Friends and Followers, I am on a roll again, and about half-way through the first draft of a sequel to the Gwen Harris detective series. The first book is called A Sleuth in Sausalito; this second book is A Sleuth in San Rafael. I’m excited because this book is not just a who-done-it, but why. It’s a pyschological thriller, in the manner of my Mother Lode. More to come; I’ll keep you posted!
In addition to writing novels, I write plays. In fact I’ve been writing plays since I was in
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grade school. A couple of them have had professional productions on the East Coast.
In the last few weeks my cast and I toured Marin and Sonoma County retirement homes with “On with the Wind”, a short comedy that takes place in a retirement home, while seniors try to watch an old version of “Gone with the Wind” . The tape breaks, personality issues erupt. There’s a love triangle. Lots of fun with a stellar cast.
I can’t handle any liquor.
It takes a village . . .