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A WRITER'S LIFE 
3rd-Jun-2009 06:13 pm
Today was totally dedicated to writing. This morning I had breakfast with two of my friends from the world of writing, and we discussed various presentations we are going to polish for talks to several types of groups including libraries, seniors groups, organizations and writers' conferences. We've appeared on panels together during the past few years, and really have a good time bantering back and forth for the benefit of the audience.

Fortified with a nice blueberry scone and (gulp) too much coffee, this now wired writer was ready to attack our editor's marked up galley for the paperback of the latest Silver Sisters comical crime caper, SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS. Whooee. The audio book was released in March, and now the time is drawing near for it to be in print. Several hours later, now crosseyed, my whites a blazing shade of red, I wrapped up the last of the requested changes for the first fourteen chapters. That gives me time to work on other projects before the next batch of chapters arrive, including the newest Silver Sisters adventure, VANISHING ACT IN VEGAS.

I worked on another of my manuscripts last night until around 2:30 am. But you know what? I love it. My books and stories are either in print or close to going into print and that's what I care about. As an "accidental writer"--you see, I never started out to be one--I love sharing how that came about with people who ask, "When did you know you wanted to be a writer?" Well, for starters, I was an interior designer at the time. When I saw my first magazine article in print in a prestigious magazine, the bug grabbed me.

MORGAN ST. JAMES
www.silversistersmysteries.com
A CORPSE IN THE SOUP-Best Mystery Audio Book 2007-USA Book News
Paperback, Kindle, e-book, CD, MP3
SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS - Now in audio book, coming soon in
paperback, Kindle and e-book

Here are a few pictures from last month's trip to Holland:

ONE OF THE CANALS IN AMSTERDAM
PART OF THE SEA WALL IN ZEELAND. THIS IS AN AMAZING SYSTEM--THE SORT OF THING WE NEED IN NEW ORLEANS. WE TOURED THE PUMPING STATIONS AND LEARNED HOW THE WHOLE SYSTEM WORKS.
Burbank Library, Morgan St. James, A Corpse in the Soup, reading
Comments 
4th-Jun-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new book! :D
Is it unusual for the audio book to be released first?
4th-Jun-2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Darn, I was going to ask that very question!
4th-Jun-2009 03:32 pm (UTC) - SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS
Thanks for the kudos, Jane. See my reply to James. Yes. It is unusual. MORGAN
4th-Jun-2009 03:30 pm (UTC) - SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS
Yes, it is definitely unusual for an audio book to be released first. Books in Motion published our award-winning first book in the series, A CORPSE IN THE SOUP. We loved them, but were quite disappointed in our original print publisher, so when our contract was up, we didn't renew, figuring we'd have a new publisher in no time. Meanwhile, Books in Motion immediately contracted for SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS.

Well, we didn't hook up with L&L Dreamspell for a while, and Books in Motion was moving the audio book along the production line. So, that's how the audio book came out first. The good news is that both will be published in the year 2009, and we are busily at work on number three, VANISHING ACT IN VEGAS, with the fourth book developing in our minds.
4th-Jun-2009 06:44 pm (UTC) - Re: SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS
(Though now I think about the audio book, Tamora Pierce's Melting Stones was an audio book a year or more before we got the book.)

Are your mysteries 'cosy'?
4th-Jun-2009 09:29 pm (UTC) - Re: SEVEN DEADLY SAMOVARS
Yes, they are considered cozy mysteries, featuring a zany family, characters with funny names,lots of plots that backfire, and twist endings. Check out our website, where you can preview. www.silversistersmysteries.com. Clips are also available at www.booksinmotion.com. MORGAN
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