Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You Have the Right to Six Words - WEEK 10!

Can you believe this is week 10 of the "You Have the Right to Six Words" series? Wow! And I was just looking over the schedule I mapped out and I have to tell you that I'm very excited about ever post for this month in this series. It just isn't letting up at all! I do want to give you a heads up that next week's post will be on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. I'll remind everyone, but you can mark your calendars! ;)

Let's get started on this week's memoirists. First our recap from an interview is the author of the Frank Johnson P.I. series, Ed Lynskey. Ed's Johnson series includes THE DIRT BROWN DERBY, THE BLUE CHEER, and PELHAM FELL HERE. TROGLODYTES will be number four in the series and is due out later this year. Ed lives with his wife in the Washington DC area and enjoys walking and gardening. He's also a Nationals fan and a Redskins fan. Ed has been on both sides of writing coin. He's worked as both the author and as the reviewer, and in all aspects of his career he says:

I did the best I could.
First up for our new memoirists is one of my favorite folks on Facebook. What a sense of humor this guy has. However, it isn't as noticeable in his crime fiction writing. Jonathan Hayes is the author of PRECIOUS BLOOD, a thriller about a New York City Medical Examiner who left his career after the traumas of 9/11 only to be pulled back into the fray when he's asked to work as a private consultant. The case he's asked to handle turns out to be dark beyond your wildest dreams. Jonathan himself is a forensic pathologist and he always looks forward to the person in his audience who asks, "what's the most disgusting thing you've ever seen?" And in his other life, Jonathan writes about food and travel. He's even a contributing editor to Martha Stewart living. Up next for Jonathan and his crime fiction writing? A sequel to PRECIOUS BLOOD titled A HARD DEATH that will be on bookstore shelves in the U.S. in early 2010 (UK folks, look for A HARD DEATH in November this year). Is there anything Jonathan won't try his hand at?

Said yes to everything. Regretted nothing.

Sophie Littlefield is preparing for the release of her debut novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY. Her novel about a woman fighting back against "problem husbands" is heralding raves from everyone. Sorry breaks the mold of many female protagonists in crime fiction, she's a middle-aged woman who owns a sewing machine shop.

Sophie has seen much of the geography of the United States having grown up in central Missouri, spent 10 years in Chicago and then moved to Northern California. She shares her writing genes with her brother, Mike Wiecek, but she's honed her own distinct voice in the crime fiction genre. Sophie will also be publishing a young adult novel, BANISHED, next year.

One of the reasons I'm so looking forward to A BAD DAY FOR SORRY is the fact that Sophie is one of the bloggers at the 7 Criminal Minds virtual panel blog. Every Wednesday I look forward to Sophie's posts. Folks, this lady can write! And she's gonna write how she wants to write because she
Ain't gonna be who I'm not.
So how's that for spunk? See why I'm looking forward to her book?

Our final author this week is also releasing a book next Tuesday. Stephen White is the New York Times best-selling author of the Alan Gregory psychological thriller series. Stephen builds on his fifteen plus years of experience as a clinical psychologist to bring authenticity to his books. While a practicing psychologist, Stephen spent time in the field of pediatric oncology. At the time only a handful of psychologists around the country worked in pediatric oncology. One of those colleagues was Jonathan Kellerman. While still working as a psychologist, Stephen began writing his first novel, PRIVILEGED INFORMATION. Here he would give birth to Alan Gregory and a whole new career.

In Stephen's newest novel, THE SIEGE, focus changes from Alan Gregory to another series character, Alan's buddy, police detective Sam Purdy. Sam is called on to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several high profile Yale students. Could it be kidnapping? Could it be terrorism? There is no telling. But the disappearances are high profile enough to merit the involvement of the CIA and the FBI. THE SIEGE is Stephen White's seventeenth novel in a career spanning over 20 years. And in those 20 years he's learned to

Live, read. Love, read. Write, rewrite.

Best wishes go out to both of our authors this week who are looking forward to their August 4th book releases. Sophie and Stephen, I'm so glad you could take time out to play with us today before all the big festivities begin; may they exceed your wildest expectations. Thanks also to Ed and Jonathan. They aren't releasing this week but both have books on the horizon and we're looking forward to celebrating those in the near future as well.

Remember next week, we're meeting here on Tuesday to continue the fun. So I'll see you then! Happy Reading!

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Corey Wilde July 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

I think White nailed it for a lot of authors. LOL!

le0pard13 July 29, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

Another wonderful set of Six Words, Jen. Thanks.

Timothy Hallinan July 29, 2009 at 3:45 PM  

All of them are great -- White's is amazing.

Serena July 29, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

I love these six word memoirs! Particularly Alan Gregory! Fantastic.

Jen July 29, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Thanks for stopping by everyone. I really liked this group, too. Just fun people with great thoughts! What more could you want?

Hank Phillippi Ryan July 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

Love it!This is SUCH a good idea..lots of insight, and lots for food for thought. Always fascinating.

thanks Jen!and all your wonderful authors..


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