Iâ€™ve come to the conclusion that there are too many writing events and not enough time! (Does time seem like a recurring theme in my Slice of Orange entries? I think I’m obsessed!) I recently returned from Malice Domestic in Crystal City, Virginia (near Washington) and the Mystery Lovers Festival in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh). The Romantic Times BookClub conference was held in Pittsburgh earlier in April, and I considered attending since I grew up in Pittsburgh, but couldnâ€™t do all of them. By choosing Malice, I got to network with editors and publicity people from my mystery publisher, Berkley Prime Crime, plus see my agent and meet her new baby. However, I missed the L.A. Times Festival of Books, and I didnâ€™t go to the Edgar Awards in New York, partly because I needed to get back here not only to write, but also because I was on a panel at the Palm Springs Book Fair last weekend. Of course going there meant I missed the Sisters in Crime meeting, and I also wound up not having time to attend the special Julia Quinn workshop held by the Los Angeles Chapter of RWA on Saturday.
Upcoming are BEA (Book Expo America) here in L.A., plus the American Library Association conference, also in this area. Iâ€™ll be in the Chicago area for a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law (yay!) and it happens to coincide with the Printers Row Book Fair hosted by the Chicago Tribune, so Iâ€™ll have an opportunity to sign my newest (June release) Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery there, DOUBLE DOG DARE. Iâ€™ll be back in time for the next OCC meeting.
Iâ€™m registered for the Romance Writers of America annual conference in San Francisco, and hope to actually attend despite all my other plans for this year. I donâ€™t have time to go to Bouchercon or Thrillerfest, and I missed Left Coast Crime this year, too, although Iâ€™m considering going next year since itâ€™ll be on the Big Island of Hawaii. I will, however, be giving a talk during the Kern County Libraryâ€™s adult summer reading program, as well as another talk for the new East Valley Chapter of RWA. Iâ€™ve been enlisted for a panel at the West Hollywood Book Fair and am also scheduling authors for the Mystery Writers of America booth… only I may wind up missing it since that may be the weekend my older son gets married.
Did I mention I have a couple of book deadlines? Iâ€™ve already blogged here about how adorable –and time-consuming–my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are these days, especially with the new puppy. Oh, and Iâ€™m still engaged in my â€œtemporaryâ€ part-time law position…
Well, DOUBLE DOG DARE is about cloning. Maybe I can figure out a way to clone myself.
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston is the author of 14 romance novels as well as the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime–and has 2 Silhouette Nocturnes upcoming!