New Yorkers Can Wipe Their Own Noses

TF-site-small-banner11Shhh. Listen.

Wait for it.

Do you hear that?

That rapid pitter-pattering, like a pair of shoes tap, tap, tapping against the floor?

Those are my feet. In my shoes. Tapping against the floor, because I’m excited. For the second year in a row, I have the unparalleled privilege of attending the International Thriller Writers Conference in New York City.

For six glorious days, I’ll be traipsing all over the greatest city in the world, free as a bird, learning and networking and having the best frigging time of my life. And the best part? I’ll not be doing any mothering while I’m there. I swear by all the fish in the sea, you New Yorkers can wipe your own darn noses while I’m there. I’ll have no part in it!

The ITW conference is going to be amazing this year. Day one takes place at…

:::DRUMROLL:::

FBI Headquarters!

That’s right. I’m spending the first day of the conference at an all-day FBI seminar held at FBI Headquarters in New York City.

Seriously, someone pinch me. I might pass out before I ever even get there.

Obviously, I’m going to miss my family. Every time I have leave them, even if it’s just for a couple days, I get all choked up and can’t even talk properly. They’re as much a part of me as my fingernails.

And yet, once a year, I get to go be by myself, soaking in the minutiae of the craft of writing, and it is so worth the pang of missing my kids and husband.

My hotel is a short subway ride away from the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park, so I’m thinking I’ll check those out on my free day. Stay tuned for pictures (this will happen in early July) and plenty of exclamation marks. There will be exclamation marks in abundance, I think.

Brace yourselves.

Slightly More Dignified Than Augustus Gloop

Today, I am long on enthusiasm and short on self control (much like Augustus Gloop). Why is that? Because today is February 4, 2013. Do you know what that means?!

AS OF TODAY I AM OFFICIALLY A PUBLISHED AUTHOR.

I am LEGIT. A publisher liked my manuscript and spent time and money to edit it and polish it and get it a pretty cover and now BAM! It’s out in the wild. It’s stumbling around like a groggy, post-tranquilized bear that was rummaging through suburban garbage cans a few hours ago and is now careening drunkenly into trees.

Or maybe it’s more like a one year old baby, newly enchanted with self locomotion and running headlong into anything and everything.

Either way, it’s out! Blood Money is out, where people other than me and my friends can read it!

If you feel like reading a thriller that is hands down my favorite thing I’ve I’ve written, you can pick up a copy here on Amazon or in multiple e-reader formats on OmniLit. It’s also here in the Kobo store as well!

Thanks so much for reading!

WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!