I know…. The first mystery I should clear up is: Where have you been, Dandi Daley Mackall? True, I haven’t been blogging here for a while. But I’ve been writing like crazy. Sometimes I think I’m a lousy blogger because I put so many of my thoughts, and so much of me, into the books I write. Then, when I sit down to blog, I don’t know what to say.
Yet here I am, and I’m even excited about blogging because I want to focus on mysteries. I love mysteries. I grew up in a small Missouri town, for which I’m extremely grateful. But our little library operated out of the basement of the bank and stocked very few books. I jumped from fairy tales straight into Agatha Christie mysteries. I’ve been reading mysteries ever since.
And now I have my very own honest-to-goodness murder mystery, complete with a complex whodunit plot, courtroom scenes and witness testimonies, loads of suspense, and more. Knopf/Random House will release the book on October 11. (I thought about holding my breath until then, but I nearly passed out after forty-three seconds.)
What I’d like to do is get a discussion going onreading mysteries and writing mysteries. In future blogs, I plan to talk about the importance of strong characters, character vs. plot in mysteries, the intricacies of point of view, and whatever anyone else might like to talk about. So, any mystery lovers out there? It would be great to hear from you.