O.k., we had a couple weeks of "special" editions of You Have The Right To Six Words. And while we have more special folks to highlight, we're back on our regular format for Week 19. I decided to make this edition of "You Have the Right to Six Words" brought to you by the letter "R". You will notice that we have a lot of "R" names today, actually everyone has an "R" name. I didn't do that on purpose or else I would have scheduled it last week so that the "R" week could be on Week 18, because "R" is the 18th letter of the alphabet. But, I digress so let's get started before I get off track again.
We'll start off this week with a clinical psychologist from New Jersey. Roberta Isleib is the author of the Golf Lover's Mysteries and the Advice Column Mysteries. She originally took up writing to justify all the time she was spending on the golf course - because it was research, you know! Her Golf Lover's Mysteries earned her nominations for both Agatha and Anthony awards. Then in 2007 she began the Advice Column Mysteries. Roberta has been active in the International Sisters in Crime organization as well as the New England chapter of SIC. According to Roberta, "the work of the detective in a mystery has quite a bit in common with long-term psychotherapy: Start with a problem, follow the threads looking for clues, and gradually fill in the big picture." She lives in Connecticut with her family and says:
My heaven: Eating, reading, writing,
Came to me in a dream.
Bob put everything on the line to follow his passion for writing and it has paid off in spades. Is it any wonder his memoir is
Follow DREAMS. The money will come.
Being a Buckeye, and a Northeast Ohio Buckeye at that, I must mention that S.J. Rozan is a graduate of Oberlin College. She earned her Masters in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo. S.J. has served on the national boards of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She also served as president of the Private Eye Writers of America. But S.J. Rozan has just one question:
I'm old enough for memoirs already?
I hope everyone has enjoyed these wonderful contributions this week. After 19 weeks, we haven't had a boring or bad week yet. And there's still more fun to come. So definitely check in next week: same time, same place...more fun!
On the Bouchercon front, I have an exciting announcement to make. Well, exciting for me anyway. If you haven't already heard my obnoxious outbursts on Twitter or Facebook, I won a "Hot Ticket" to spend an hour in a small group with Michael Connelly! By small group, I mean 10 people! I am incredibly psyched about this opportunity and it's just one more reason to be elated about 15 days to Bouchercon!!