Welcome to My Website!
Well, once again Iíve let myself get far behind with updating this page. Iím thinking of submitting myself to the Guinness people as the Worldís Greatest Procrastinator. But somehow I never seem to get around to it. (Tee-hee.)
And thereís quite a lot of news I need to spread. For one thing, my fourth book from Severn is, as of this writing in March 2013, due out very soon in the United States. Itís already out in the UK. Itís set in Wales, in a fictitious castle, and thus is called Murder at the Castle. Personally, I would have liked another title, but itís the publisherís call. It involves a big choral and vocal music festival, and I had great fun with that. I got to program all my favorite pieces!
The research was wonderful, of course. I toured several of the castles in North Wales, and hired a car and driver for a day to take me around to wonderful hotels to sample their lunches and teas. And of course I got to stay in my favorite B&B, Tower Wales, with the nicest hosts anyone could imagine. Ah, itís a hard life, that of the writer!
Iím just now finishing the next book, number fourteen in the Dorothy Martin series. I donít have a title for it yet; I do seem to have trouble with titles these days. Itís the result of my travels after I left Wales last summer and went to the northern reaches of the UK, the islands of Orkney. Orkney is the most amazing place! Now, you may not be turned on by archeology, but trust me, itís fascinating. Orkney is a veritable showplace of the Neolithic era, letting visitors not only see but feel how people lived some 5,000 years ago. I wish I could convey the sense of wonder and mystery I felt when wandering around the ancient sites, seeing houses and temples and tombs that were in use before the Pyramids were built. Somehow those people who lived there are still around. One isnít quite in the 21st century in Orkney.
And speaking of the 21st century, Iím finally moving into it. My early Dorothy books are now available in electronic versions for both Kindle and Nook. Those of you who want to read the series in order and havenít been able to find the early ones are in luck. Theyíre not all up yet, but the Severn House people, bless them, are working at it as fast as they can. I confess I still prefer real books, but I know many of my readers love the devices, and more power to them.
While youíre here, take a look at my schedule for the next few months. Not a lot on it yet, but more will be added soon. .
I like to call my books ďcheerful mysteries.Ē For despite all signs to the contrary, I continue to believe the world is a good place and most of her people are trying to do their best. So my books reflect that philosophy and I hope this site does, too.
Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel (1995)
Fans of the English cozy will put the kettle on, snuggle under a lap rug, and sigh contentedly...” - Kirkus Reviews