Friday, September 17, 2010
No Rest for the Wicked
She is the author of a mystery novel, Murder in the Movies, some screenwriting books, and her current book Dear Dean...Love, Mom. She's working on the sequel to Murder in the Movies, which should be good, if M in the M is any indication.
Don't let the screenwriting books confuse you -- Esther spent years in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Also as a television producer. She is also an independent documentary writer and producer (many of her films have been aired on PBS.) She is a super-talented lady. If I had one tenth of her talent, I'd be thrilled! Which is one reason why she'll be in St Louis next weekend. She's giving a three-hour workshop on character development to my Sisters in Crime chapter.
That will be one of the less frantic bits of our weekend, I'm guessing. I don't know what we were thinking (or if we were thinking!) when we put together our schedule. Man, it'll either make us or break us. The craziness begins Friday, Sept 24 with a 9 am talk at the Shepherd's Center. Then she goes to a solo book signing that afternoon in Union, MO and I go to an alumni author event at my alma mater. Both are at the same time and both run two hours, if you can believe it! Saturday, Sept 25 is the 9 am workshop, followed by a book signing at Main Street Books from 2-4 pm, then we rush down to Ste. Genevieve, MO for a ghostly talk from 7-9 pm. Sunday she talks at a lunch and we have our ghostly talk again at The Book House at 7 pm. Monday we give our "Heart to Heart" talk at the Arnold library, speaking on our paths to publication. Which, by the way, will be touted in the Jefferson County newspaper, as I was interviewed this week by a reporter. I think we collapse on Tuesday, but I'm not sure. My brain is already shutting down from fatigue!
We repeat the zaniness, to a degree, again one weekend in October and in November when Esther returns. By then we either will be hardened, experienced pros or borderline certifiable.