Great news! I’ve just signed a contract for another novel, this one for adults.
A publisher called Five Star will release Show Me the Murder in 2013. You’ll have to wait at least a year to find it in your local library or bookstore.
Yes, publishing a book takes a long time. So does writing one, and so does selling one to a publisher. I’ve spent years on each of these stages. I’ve been doing other things at the same time, of course. Right now I’m editing book two of the Show Me series, writing book three, and gathering ideas and material for other books, both fiction and nonfiction.
Like The Feedsack Dress, my mystery takes place in a fictitious town in rural northern Missouri. The main character, Phoenix, is a former CIA covert operative who’s critically wounded while on a special mission in Istanbul. She returns to her hometown to recuperate and reshape her life. She arrives as Annalynn, a lifelong friend and a local civic leader, buries her husband, the sheriff. Everyone except the widow believes he shot his mistress and himself in a grungy motel. Annalynn begs the Phoenix to help prove the deaths were a double homicide, not a homicide/suicide. The old friends employ their diverse skills and cope with conflicting attitudes to discover what really happened—and to survive.
I haven’t abandoned middle grade and young adult readers. If all goes well, a historical novel will be ready for them in 2013.