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Thursday, February 28, 2013

New mystery set in Jefferson City, MO

My new mystery, Murder Takes No Prisoners, will be out for review this spring.

Jefferson City's rich history makes a great setting for a novel. Plan to visit the Missouri State Penitentiary with Hap Lynch, a retired cop from Kansas City. Hap finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, ghost sightings at the prison, and the long-ago struggle between the North and the South.

This novel seemed to take on its own life after I visited Jefferson City, and as I explored its history. One of the joys of writing a novel is getting to know your own characters. They truly do take on a life of their own and sometimes the author feels like she is the last to know who did what.

I learn from my characters because I have to put myself in their shoes. They see the world differently than I do. Sometimes understanding a character and anticipating their actions is easy. Other times I find it difficult.

In any case, I've had great fun working on Murder Takes No Prisoners and I hope loads of readers enjoy it and find the time to visit this small beautiful capital city on the banks of the Missouri River.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Birds, Films and Presentations

I've spent this winter giving presentations and showing a film about John Bax, the subject of my latest biography, Emergence: The John Bax Story.

John, a self-taught filmmaker, captured incredible scenes of nesting birds throughout the Americas. People love the dancing grebes and many species of hummingbirds that he filmed. He had an incredible affinity for the tiny creatures and many times filmed himself feeding them. People are always amazed at the scenes where they fly into his trailer.

One of the joys of writing biographies is that each person finds his way into my heart and expands my view and knowledge of the world. John gave me an eye for beauty. I will never again look at birds without remembering and thanking him for that gift.

Incredible beauty in the natural world awaits us if we take the time to look. Through John, I met several of his photographer friends, each of whom enrich the world with their eye for beauty and skill with their cameras.

Tony Mercieca's photo graces the cover of the book. Thanks to Tony, Seth Patterson, Lee Zieger, Steve Sinclair, Sandesh Kadur, Madeleine Sandefur - all of you for showcasing the diversity and beauty of our world.