Thursday, April 28, 2011

Writing compliments

Now that my mystery novel has been published, reviews are coming in, and (so far) I’m always happy to hear readers’ thoughts. Praise from readers who are family members (thanks, mom and dad) or who are being paid to read the manuscript (thanks, Carolynn and Kerry) is wonderful. But I’m finding that hearing compliments from folks who actually paid to read my writing is a sweet experience.

One reader said she missed the television show she’d planned on watching because she was reading my book. I heard that another stayed up until 3 a.m. after buying Storm Surge (at about 7 p.m. earlier that night) – she stayed up reading until she finished my novel!

These comments are the ones that make my smile the widest. When writing the cozy mystery, I wanted readers to be hooked, for the action to keep them turning pages. And finding that my intentions were a success, that readers are missing their regularly scheduled programming and losing sleep to read my novel, that readers are enjoying Storm Surge as much as me – I’m pleasantly stunned, beamingly giddily!

How about you? What compliments make your heart sing with joy?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book release party fun

My husband and me.
The book release party for Storm Surge April 15 couldn't have been more enjoyable. So many people attended the event - family, friends, colleagues, ex-colleagues, fellow writers and artists, my local librarians, folks I'd never met before. Thanks, everyone, who came to the event and made it such a special evening for me!

My publisher supplied TONS of delicious food and beverages. After prodding, I tried the mini-wieners. They were surprisingly tasty! (So I ate quite a few.) And then there were some very rich, chocolate-y brownie-muffins. I am now convinced that no book release party should ever be conducted without brownie-muffins!

The following day, a tornado smashed through Holly Springs, near where I lived. While my family was unaffected, the devastation just a few blocks away was very severe - trees through houses, windows blown out, ancient trees demolished. We lost power for a few days... otherwise I would have posted these photos sooner. Thank you, everyone, for coming out, and for buying the book! I hope you enjoy the read.

Action at All Booked Up on Salem Street during the Storm Surge release party.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Live, from Carrboro

I enjoyed being on Carolina Book Beat, a one-hour live radio show at WCOM 103.5 FM in Carrboro with hosts Audrey and Paul. We discussed Storm Surge, writing in general, and much more. The hosts have posted the recording of the show on the Carolina Book Beat website at:

Click here to go straight to the recording.
Click here to visit the Book Beat blog.

Their website describes Storm Surge as "an intricately plotted mystery novel against a background of mayhem and environmental skulduggery. With characters that provide curious twists and subplots to the main story she has created an ensemble cast that will make the reader glad to know this is just the first of a planned series of Jonie Waters mysteries." Thanks, Audrey and Paul!