The Mystery Genre ain’t Easy

Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.

Sue Grafton – Author of the Alphabet Series

I had the privilege of attending two writing workshops this weekend. On Saturday, Valerie Harris, (www.willisauthor.com) presented a two-hour workshop about how reader expectations of a genre drive things like writing style, story themes, cover design, and the overall look and feel of a book. Valerie’s presentation was amazing.

Then on Sunday, I was at the Citrus Crime Writers (a Florida Chapter of Sisters in Crime) meeting. I’m a member. Yea!! Today’s guest speaker was Luci Zahray, also known as “The Poison Lady”. What’s your poison? Strychnine? Arsenic? Let’s just put it this way….I wouldn’t want to eat anything Luci baked. (JUST kidding). But Bill was with me and he didn’t want the pumpkin zucchini bread I baked tonight. Oh my! Is it the zucchini or something else?

Here I am enjoying “The Poison Lady’s” Presentation

It was a fun weekend. All in pursuit of becoming the best mystery author for Star O’Brien’s fans. I’m thankful to everyone involved: Valerie, Luci, and the Citrus Crime Writers for sharing their love for writing and reading. I hope you all had a great weekend too.

Keep the love going,

Martha

My Newsletter has Popped!

Just thrilled that my first newsletter for Star O’Brien fans is out the door. I hope you love it. Let me know what you think!

And, if you haven’t already subscribed, you can visit my web site, www.martha-geaney.com, and sign up for the next one which will probably pop just before my next book in the series, Death at Ashford Castle, is published.

In the meanwhile, keep the love going,

Martha

What do you want to know?

It’s Saturday. The day I usually spend some time writing a blog post. So…here I am wondering what you, my readers, would like to hear (or know) about today. Most of my writing time this week has been spent on editing the second book in my Star O’Brien series. It’s probably the third time, I’ve been through the book. There are still some chapters/scenes to add to the book’s mystery timeline. I know some of you are waiting to read what’s happening in Star’s life but I want to make sure everything about the book is top-notch.

I’ve also been doing some thinking and research about what to include in my newsletter. So far I’ve identified the following categories to include in the newsletter: a snippet of background information about Star from the Star O’Brien bible, pictures of real places that will be in the second book (exclusive to the newsletter), maybe snippets from my blog pages (in case someone who signed up for the newsletter doesn’t read the blog). What do you think? What would you like to read about in the newsletter?

I’m getting started on this post a little late today. Our Schipperke, named Turlough, started coughing yesterday afternoon. We took him to the vet early this morning. He’s on a short course of cough med and antibiotic to clear it up. He was sick during most of August with a cough also. He’s still a puppy, just eighteen months old. Right now, he’s resting on the dining room floor. We are trying to keep him from barking or running along so that he can rest.

I call this picture of his tail “question mark”. Isn’t it beautiful?
This is me and Turlough in May when we were visiting Blairstown, NJ.

That’s all for me this week. I hope you all have a great week.

Keep the love going,

Martha

To Ireland with Love

Bill and I are back from our ten-day trip to County Mayo, Ireland. It was a wonderful week…got to see many of my cousins and launch Death on Clare Island: A Star O’Brien Mystery on that side of the Atlantic. I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of friends and family. Star’s story takes place in County Mayo, Ireland. And, many of the places in the book are real. Here are some pics from the trip.

French Hill, featured in the series, is a real place.
The view from French Hill Cottage.
Curry’s In Westport where Star and Lucia have coffee.
That’s me….having lunch at Curry’s.
Family and friends at The Castle Book Shop.

If you haven’t already done so, sign up for my newsletter. I’ll be sharing some unpublished pics and info about the next book in the Star O’Brien series. And, extra bonus, you’ll get a map of Clare Island to follow as you read along in the first book.

Keep the love going,

Martha

Castle Book Shop is the Best!

Book Signing Event at The Castle Book Shop
Cousins and Friends…I love them!
David and his crew created this amazing welcoming display for the event.
The Castle Book Shop on Castle Street, Castlebar, County Mayo

David and the crew at The Castle Book Shop hosted the Irish launch of Death on Clare Island: A Star O’Brien Mystery Series on Friday, September 13th. What a great group of people and place! I’ve visited the store during my many trips to Castlebar; oftentimes to pick up a mystery book to read while on vacation. And now here I am with my own mystery series. The book shop also hosts a web site that features books (fiction and non-fiction) about County Mayo. You can check it out here: www.mayobooks.ie. (My book is on it!) Here are some pics from the event. And, if you have time, go on over to the Castle Book Shop on Facebook and show them some luv with a like.

Keep the love going,

Martha