Release Day: The Crêpes of Wrath

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The release day for The Crêpes of Wrath is finally here! I’m beyond excited that this book is now out in the world, kicking off my new cozy mystery series!

The first book in the Pancake House Mystery series, The Crêpes of Wrath introduces my newest heroine, Marley McKinney, who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.

Here’s more about the book:

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
 
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

The Crêpes of Wrath is available from online retailers such as Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and iTunes.

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Release Day for Deadly Overtures!

A composing competition rises to a murderous crescendo in author Sarah Fox’s third Music Lover’s Mystery.

Deadly OverturesDeadly Overtures is now available! This is the third book in the Music Lover’s Mystery series and I’m incredibly excited that readers can now join Midori (professional violinist and amateur sleuth) on her latest adventure. I had so much fun writing this book (and the others in the series) and I hope people will enjoy reading it. Deadly Overtures is currently available in e-book form and the trade paperback will be released on July 12, 2016. You can find Deadly Overtures and the other two books in the series (Dead Ringer and Death in A Major) on Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailer sites.

Here’s what Deadly Overtures is about:

Four talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?

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Lessons Learned

Last week I wrote a post about my path to publication. (You can find it here). This week I wanted to touch on a few things I learned during my journey.

#1. Not everyone will believe in your goals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve them.

I didn’t tell a lot of people about my writing until I was published. My family, a few close friends, and the writing community were the only people who knew I was trying to get my book published. Part of that was because I didn’t want to be constantly asked “when will your book be published?” and part of it was because I knew some people would probably laugh in my face. Once when I told someone that I wanted to be a writer, that person scoffed at me as if I’d said I wanted to be Santa Claus and drive a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. But now I am a published writer. So some people might think your goal of becoming a published writer is nothing but a pipe dream, but with hard work and perseverance, it can become reality.

#2. Even if your path to publication doesn’t unfold how you’d hoped or planned, that doesn’t mean you won’t become a published writer.

My path to publication took several twists and turns and I went from picturing myself as a TV writer to hoping to be a mystery writer. The book that got me my agent and my book deal was the fourth book I’d written and the third book I’d queried. Nothing happened how or when I had hoped when I first decided I wanted to be a writer, but things have worked out extremely well for me nonetheless and I’m loving where I am right now. So even if you come across unexpected obstacles or your writing path takes some unplanned turns and detours, don’t give up hope. As long as you keep writing and trying, you can keep moving forward.

#3. No two paths to publication are the same.

It’s so easy for us writers to compare ourselves to other writers, especially when we see lives and writing journeys unfold on social media. But it doesn’t matter if the things that are happening to writer X and writer Y aren’t happening to you at the same time. Your path to publication is yours alone and it will never be exactly the same as anyone else’s. The fact that others are having success when you aren’t doesn’t mean that you won’t find success down the road.

Those are a few things I’ve learned over the years. I’m still learning more every day, and hopefully that will continue for the rest of my writing days. For those of you who are hoping to become published writers in the future, I hope this post has been helpful.

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.