So there I was on Saturday afternoon, interview questions safely tucked into my bag, waiting very excitedly at the airport for my flight to Melbourne and the interview with Tess Gerritsen. And sure, okay, it was raining . . . but then it rained more . . . and the board started showing planes as delayed . . . then diverted . . . then cancelled . . . NOOOOOOO! I queued along with hundreds of other concerned travellers, and asked if there was any chance of getting on a flight from Brisbane (an hour's drive north), but nope, the weather had moved in there too and the few planes that were getting out were overbooked. It was no good - I wasn't going. Disappointment doesn't do justice to how I felt, not only to miss out on the interview and catching up with Tess again, but also seeing a bunch of other crime writer friends who were going to be there. But there was nothing to be done but drive sadly home through the pouring rain. Once there I sent my questions through to friend, fellow crime writer and Sisters in Crime convenor Rose who filled in for me. From all I've heard, the night was fantastic . . . oh to have been there . . .
But never mind!
Here's a pic of Rose and Tess - don't they look like they're having fun??
A few weeks ago I was delighted to see Cold Justice receive a wonderful review on the fab UK blog Vulpes Libris. I've since been doing an email interview with blogger Lisa, and am pleased to say it will be posted on the site on Wednesday. Skip on over and have a read of that and their other reviews and interviews too!
Now it's back to work for me - the copy edit of Silent Fear has returned, and I have some reading and fixing to do!
I've always felt extremely fortunate to not only to see my novels in print but also write fulltime. And still sometimes little things happen that make this life even better - like this weekend, when I'm flying to Melbourne to interview, before a live audience of wonderful Sisters in Crime members, the one and only Tess Gerritsen.
I have long been a huge fan of Tess's work. We've emailed a few times, she gave me an awesome blurb for Cold Justice, and we've met once, at the famous Harrogate Crime Festival in the UK in 2008, but getting this opportunity to sit down and talk with her at length is really something special. If you live in Melbourne please come along - it's on Saturday 27th August, starting at 6 pm if you want to join us for dinner, 8 pm for the interview, at The Rising Sun Hotel, corner Raglan Street & Eastern Road, South Melbourne. $10 to get in, no bookings required. For more info click here. Thanks Tess and thanks Sisters In Crime!
Another marvellous thing I get to do is attend and speak at writers' festivals. Recently I went to the Byron Bay Festival, always a ripper, not least of all because the gorgeous settings of the North Beach site, where you can sit on the grass and listen to the talk in the marquees while soaking up the sun. I thoroughly enjoyed being on a panel here with friends and fellow crime authors Michael Robotham, LA Larkin, and Liz Porter, and there were lots of laughs as you can tell from this pic:
I'm also taking part in the Brisbane Writers Festival in September, and one of my co-panellists is UK author Neil Cross. I'd heard of his TV show Luther but never seen it, and I'd heard of his books Captured and Burial but never read them. Festivals send authors copies of each others' books, so he gets mine, I get his etc. His latest is The Calling and I started reading idly as soon as I opened the parcel, then couldn't stop! I cannot recommend this book more highly. It's chilling, thrilling, and graphic at times, but I promise you will not be able to put it down.
Our other panellist is Nicole Watson, author of The Boundary, and my second session is with Jennifer Rowe, whose latest is Love, Honour and O'Brien, and I can't wait to get stuck into both these books.
Meanwhile, back here in the office, all is going well. The structural edit of Silent Fear got the big tick of approval and the manuscript is now with the copy editor, and book 6 is gathering momentum, characters are coming to life, the story is taking off in unexpected ways ... I do so love my job!
The latest in Katherine's news, plus what she's been reading.