So this past Saturday I was lucky enough to do an appearance with two of my crime fiction heroes at Subtext Books in St. Paul, MN. Jean Redmann, author of the Micky Knight PI series, and Ellen Hart, who writes the Jane Lawless series, invited me to join them at a reading and Q&A at Subtext. Jean and Micky Knight are the reasons I started writing in the first place. Years ago, I read the first four Micky Knight books, and was I hooked. I loved the characters. When I finished reading the fourth book, I was crushed. The characters within the pages caught me and wouldn’t let go. I wanted to know what my best friends were doing next, and I wouldn’t find out till many years later. Thank you Jean, for getting back to Micky!
Then there’s Ellen. Mentor, friend, idea bouncer-off, teacher. Honestly, I began writing because I wanted to entertain myself. It never occurred to me that I might try to get a book published. I wasn’t talented. However, one day, during the first class I took with Ellen, she pulled me aside and asked if I’d ever considered dipping my toe in the publishing pond. I remember looking at her like she was nuts. Then she said, “I think you can make it.” Yeah, I can still hear my jaw hitting the floor. Well, hells bells, she was RIGHT!
These two authors have been so incredibly influential to me and to my writing. They are my heroes for their persistence, their passion, and for the incredible tales they tell. To share a stage and space is a dream come true.
Who are some of the heroes in your life? How did they become that to you and why?
While you’re thinking about that, here are a couple pictures from the signing. Check them out!