December 2020

As we close out this difficult and challenging – and, in many cases, sad – year, I want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with prosperity and peace of mind, with good health and lots of hugs!!

This will be my last blog. I’ve decided to do a Newsletter for 2021. I’ll send it out to everyone on my email list on the 13th of each month. If you’re not on the list yet, I hope you’ll sign up. You can click the tab on the top of this page. As a thank you for joining, you’ll also receive Chapter 1 of Death Rang the Bell, Book 3 in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries.

Each month, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Death Rang the Bell production schedule – where we’re at, what we’re doing. I’ll also let you know about any upcoming events I have. At least through most of the summer, all events will be online. I’ve participated in dozens of Zoom events this past year and they are efficient and easy to navigate. You don’t need an account. All you do is register for the event. I always have all the information on the NEWS & EVENTS page of my website. The bookstore or library hosting the event also has registration information on their website. The link to attend will be sent to your email. Click “join meeting” and you’re good to go. You can attend with your video on or off. You can participate as much or as little as you want.

The second part of the monthly newsletter will be an AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT. I’ll share with you a book or books that I recently read and enjoyed. It’s always great to find a new author – or to be reminded of someone we used to love but forgot to go back to for a new book. I also enjoy rereading some of my favorites from time to time.

Finally, I’m going to really enjoy sharing this last part of the newsletter: AN INTERVIEW WITH… one of the characters in the books! Do you remember “Inside the Actors’ Studio” on A&E with James Lipton? Before the Q&A at the end of each show, Lipton asked a series of questions originated by French TV host Bernard Pivot. These were in turn based on questions set forth by French novelist Marcel Proust. I’m going to pick questions from both lists depending on which character is being interviewed. Steven is up first in January. He’s excited – and a little nervous!

These are the questions James Lipton asked:

1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
4. What turns you off?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

So, as we count down to 2021, please stay safe and healthy. The end is in sight.

As always, thank you so much for your interest in Steven and Olivia!!!