Welcome! Since I write two English mystery series, I thought it would be fun to chat about that. And about England. Specifically, Derbyshire, since that is the county I know the best. If you have questions about my books, about mysteries or your own writing, or want to know something about England -- perhaps you're planning a visit -- I'd love to talk with you. Let's start chatting, shall we?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Confessions of a Holiday Fair Participant
I am dragging today. Man, my feet hurt, my back hurts, my shoulder hurts, my head hurts. Residual from the weekend's participation in a holiday bazaar. My friend Mary Linderer and I shared a booth. We called it Read and Write because my books are to read and Mary's note cards are to write a kindly note in and mail to someone. She does pen-and-ink drawings -- quite nice. Her website, in case you're interested in seeing her products, is www.gardengirlgreetings.com And that's her website even if you're not interested.... We set up her things and the tables around 5:30 pm Friday, then finished setting up Saturday around 7:30 am with my items. The event ran 9-4 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. The website stated there are usually 20,000 participants to the weekend event -- this was the 29th year and is well known in this area. I believe all 20,000 came Saturday. Wow, what a crowd! I honestly was feeling close to claustrophobic despite our booth position at the door. It was mesmerizing to sit and watch the humanity stream by. It was also interesting to see what items were big sellers. The event was so large (450+ booths!!) that it was held in several buildings around the school's campus. Good weather helped pull the attendees into our building, as did the start of deer season, I'm sure. Wives, girl friends and mothers abandoned for the weekend, so they go to the holiday bazaar.... I must say, my McLaren cardboard stand-up was noticed and well received. One woman came by and said she'd like to buy the stand-up! Maybe I should just sell photos of McLaren.... Naugh. Then the model would demand a cut of the profit.
I discovered the joys of Things British while on a month-long trip to England during my college years. Since then, I've been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during my professional folksinging stint. This intimate knowledge of England forms the backbone of both of my Taylor & Graham and The McLaren Case mystery series. Set in Derbyshire, England, the Taylor & Graham series employs British customs as the backbone of each book’s plot. The McLaren Cases features ex-police detective Michael McLaren, who now investigates cold cases on his own. I am a member of Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.