As you might guess from the photo above, I’m in St. Louis, attending a Novelists, Inc. conference. I’ve got a full day planned today of forensics workshops — coroners, FBI, trauma nurses, police detectives, all here to talk to us about murder and crime for use in our books. In the following days, I’ll be attending workshops about various issues in the publishing industry, meeting quite a few published writers I haven’t yet had the chance to meet, and catching up with some long time writer friends. Though I’ve only been here a day, it’s been a lot of fun so far and I expect to come home tired and better educated about my career.
Contest winner! I’ve drawn the name for the winner of the latest contest. Karen Owens of my home state of Arkansas has won the two-in-one-volume ONCE A FAMILY. Congratulations, Karen.
The prize for the next contest will be two connected books again. With the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship winding down (and Arkansas’s own Mark Martin currently in the lead in points — woohoo!), I thought I’d celebrate by offering my first two NASCAR stories as a prize for November 1. The books are titled HEARTS UNDER CAUTION and ALMOST FAMOUS. Even if you know nothing about the world of NASCAR, I think you’ll enjoy these stories, which focus on two good friends and associates, crew chief Wade McClellan and race car driver Jake Hinson. More details are available by clicking the Enter to Win! tab above. I hope to see a lot of entries this month. Good luck!
And now, off to learn about murder and mayhem!