Book News!


I’m happy to announce that I have another book deal! My fabulous agent, Jessica Faust, has sold my cozy mystery Crêpes of Wrath to Penguin Random House (Alibi) in a three book deal!

The first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, Crêpes of Wrath follows Marley McKinney as she works to solve a murder while managing the Flip Side pancake house in the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, Washington.

I had so much fun writing this book and I’m excited to write the second and third installments of the series over the next year. The seaside setting was inspired by the place where I vacationed each summer while growing up, and I’ve loved incorporating the setting into the story.

The pancake house mysteries will be available as ebooks and Crêpes of Wrath will be released in September 2016.

I’m so happy about this news, and I hope readers will enjoy this new series! 😀


My Path to Publication

Painting by Henriette Brown.

Painting by Henriette Brown.

I thought I’d share a bit about my path to publication, how I went from first deciding I wanted to be a writer to getting a book published.

Although I always enjoyed creative writing, it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I decided I wanted to pursue writing in a serious way. At that time I envisioned myself as a television writer. I had written several original tv scripts and had done a bit of spec script writing too. However, I had no clue how to break into the television industry and one day I decided to turn one of my pilot scripts into a novel. Once I’d written one novel, I wanted to write another one. By the time I’d written my second novel, I knew I wanted to pursue publication. My vision for my writing future had shifted, and not for the last time.

The first novel I queried was a sci-fi book and the second was an urban fantasy story. At that point in my life I was hoping I could one day have a career as a sci-fi/fantasy writer. I wasn’t having much luck with querying, however, and after a while my mind was tugging me in a different direction.

I’ve loved mysteries for as long as I can remember. Mysteries are my favourite books to read (especially cozy mysteries) and I wanted to write one of my own for a long time. When I finally decided to give it a try, I wrote my cozy mystery, Dead Ringer. By the time I’d finished the first draft, I knew that what I really wanted to be was a mystery writer. I felt differently about Dead Ringer than I had about any of my previous manuscripts. I knew it was of better quality than my other books and that gave me a sense of confidence that I didn’t have before.

Dead RingerAfter getting feedback from my critique partners and editing the manuscript several times, I started querying. I had a dream agent in mind and, luckily, I ended up signing with her in June 2014. Within two or three weeks, she started submitting Dead Ringer to publishers and a few months later I signed a three book deal with HarperCollins/Witness Impulse. Dead Ringer: A Music Lover’s Mystery was released in June 2015 and the second book in the series will follow in January 2016.

So that’s my story of how I became a published writer. I’m loving every minute of where I am right now and I’m hoping my writing path will stretch a long way into the future. 🙂

Next week I’ll share some things I learned along the way to publication.

Book Deal!

I’m extremely excited to say that my agent has sold my cozy mystery Dead Ringer to HarperCollins/Witness Impulse in a three book deal! Dead Ringer is the first book in the Music Lover’s Mystery Series and will be released first as an e-book with paperback to follow.

Here’s the blurb for Dead Ringer:

Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in a professional orchestra and is embarking on a secret relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death, the maestro soon becomes the number one suspect.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence but discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. As the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale — with Midori as the intended victim.

The release date is June 2, 2015 and the e-book is already available for pre-order on Amazon, Chapters, and B&N, although there’s no cover or other information posted yet.

For anyone interested, I’ve started a Facebook page which I’ll keep updated with news, etc. Here’s the link:

I’m absolutely ecstatic that my mystery is going to be AN ACTUAL BOOK! 😀