It’s my first trip and I’m not liking it much. In fact, I’m going a little crazy.
I wish I could blog about something happy and carefree but I’m harried and nervous and can’t sleep, can’t think of anything but the book and how much more I need to write and how little time I have to do it. I’ve lost all peripheral vision. I can only focus on one little page, nothing else.
I’ve lost track of what’s happening on all my favorite TV shows.
I can’t read anything new. I’ve taken to re-reading old favorite books because I already know what happens and don’t have to focus too much on the story.
And I’m living on TV dinners. That can’t be healthy.
I spend most of my time in sweatpants, a big old work shirt and comfortable shoes. It’s not a good look for me.
So why am I always smiling? 🙂
Since this column was originally posted in February 2009, Kate as gone on to publish over 20 books. You can get a complete list of her novels at Kate Carlisle Bibliography. Four of her newest titles are available below.
At the end of this month Iâ€™ll be attending my first Malice Domestic mystery conference in Arlington, Virginia. Iâ€™ve heard about the Malice conference for years and Iâ€™m very excited to be going with my first book out and available. Thereâ€™s a speed-dating-type event where authors switch from table to table to meet readers, and Iâ€™ll also be sitting on a panel called â€œI Hear Voices.â€ Iâ€™ll see my agent and also meet my editor for the first time so there will be a bit of business going on. And Saturday is the Agatha Awards ceremony so there should be some dressing up. Iâ€™ll be sure to report back on everything that happened!
What are you on the verge of doing? Have you ever been to a mystery conference? Yes? How about sharing some mystery conference tips? 🙂
Meanwhile, I want to jump on Maureen Childâ€™s bandwagon and shout out the news about the very fun new Silhouette Desire blog on eharlequin.com. Iâ€™m the newest author in the group and so far, weâ€™re having a blast! Come by and comment if you have a minute. We’re giving away prizes every day this month!
Kate Carlisle is the author of Homicide in Hardcover, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s No. 1 paperback bestseller for February 2009.
My books arrived this week!
I opened the big box and pulled out one book and held it in my hand for the first time. It was a pretty special moment for me.
I would’ve liked to have savored the moment but suddenly every book in the box jumped out and attacked me. I wasn’t hurt, just momentarily stunned.
I really think they were just as thrilled to see me as I was to see them. I mean, look at that picture. Is this a love-fest or what?