Writing about the stunning Pacific Northwest and the wild outdoors means that sometimes I have to sneak out of the office and hit the trail. I know it sounds like a tough job, doesn’t it? In all seriousness, writing about Meg and her many adventures (or misadventures) helps remind me to stop, snap a picture, and soak in the beauty of nature whenever I’m outside.
I obviously need to perfect the art of taking a selfie (Meg would not be impressed). However hopefully the shots I took along the Lewis River will give you a better glimpse into her world.
I had the best time talking about mystery writing in the great Pacific Northwest at the new regional show Hello Vancouver! I know I’m biased, but there’s so much good material to cover: microbrews, coffee, sweeping vista, hikes and climbs, eclectic shops… I could go on and on.
Happy Hour: Books and Beer!
Come kickoff summer with a books and beer happy hour at Deschutes Public House from 3:00-5:00pm next Tuesday, June 24th.
In SCENE OF THE CLIMB Meg and her friends frequent Deschutes for pints, pretzels and to carefully consider the clues they’ve gathered. Deschutes is going to be offering samples of some of Meg’s favorite beers, and I’m going to be signing books and answering any burning questions you have about mystery writing in the Pacific Northwest. Plus we’ll have some fun swag to giveaway!
Bring your copy of SCENE OF THE CLIMB for me to sign. You can purchase the book at Powell’s, any Portland-area bookstore, or online here:
More Light, More Love, More Joy… More Murder?
I was chatting with my son and a crew of his 4th grade friends last night about why I love writing, and without thinking I replied, “Because I get to bring more light, more love and more joy into reader’s lives.”
It’s true. I read mysteries to escape. They’re a welcome respite from life’s daily stress, a chance to explore a quaint little village or exotic location on the other side of the globe, and to keep my brain feeling fresh as I follow the clues in my quest to figure out whodunit without getting led astray by a red herring.
A while back I was lamenting to a friend about the genre. Having previously written a very serious memoir, I was struggling with writing something so different. Not the writing itself, but what I was offering readers. She stopped me and said, “You’re offering them an escape. A break. A pause from their grief and struggles. You’re lightening their load just a little.”
Her words resonated and have stuck with me. I’ve incorporated them as I’ve launched SCENE OF THE CLIMB into the world. I’ve made it my intention to spread more light, more love and more joy. And an unexpected thing has happened in the process. I’ve received more light, more love and more joy.
From readers sending me the nicest emails about their experiences with the book, to friends and family sharing it near and far, and a community of writers, bookstore owners and bloggers who’ve lent support and expertise, I am humbled and so very grateful.
But back to more light, more love and more joy conversation with the 4th graders. I felt pretty proud of myself for busting out such a wise response. I waited for them to nod and talk amongst themselves about what an impressive and important job it is to be a mystery writer.
Nope. Instead they all looked at each other with confused faces. One of them raised her hand and said, “Uh, don’t you write mysteries?”
I gave her my most knowing smile and nodded. “I do.”
She scrunched her nose and said, “So you spread light, love, joy and MURDER. Murder, right?”
I had my first book club with these lovely ladies this week. We had so much fun talking about mysteries, the Pacific Northwest, feisty Meg, and to top it off they took me to lunch! I could get used to this.
If you have a book club interested in reading SCENE OF THE CLIMB, I’ll happily join you online. No lunch required.
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Have book will travel. No book launch week could be complete without a trip to the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, especially since I write the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series. The Emerald City didn’t disappoint. I was greeted with sunny skies, warm and cheery smiles on familiar faces, and by new readers excited to venture out into the wilderness with Meg.
Writing SCENE OF THE CLIMB was really like writing a love letter to the Pacific Northwest. From featuring the rugged beauty of the Columbia River Gorge to our eclectic culture of artisan coffee, microbrews and all things vintage, I can’t wait to connect readers to our corner of the world.
Many thanks to the Seattle Mystery Bookshop for hosting me and to everyone who came out to snag their copy of SCENE OF CLIMB.
I hope you enjoy Meg and adventures as much as I enjoy writing them!
SCENE OF THE CLIMB Northwest Extreme Giveaway!
To celebrate launch with you I’m giving away a Meg-inspired Northwest Extreme package filled with artisan coffee, snack bars, an assortment of eclectic Portland-themed items, and a signed copy of the book. The giveaway runs until 11:59PM PST June 10, 2014. One entry per person, and one winner will be picked at random and announced on June 11, 2014.
You are not required to do anything other than comment here: https://www.facebook.com/katedyerseeleyauthor.
If you want to do something to help me launch the book I’d love it if you did one or more of the following:
1. Buy a copy of SCENE OF THE CLIMB at your local bookstore or online here: http://www.amazon.com/Scene-Climb-Pacific-Northwest-Mystery/dp/0758295316
2. Write a review.
3. Share on your social media pages.
4. Snap a photo of you with the book and send it to me to share.
Thanks so much, and happy reading!
Official rules: https://app.box.com/s/j4gzrrk2qzc2zwqde55p
It’s starting to get real. My author copies have arrived! If you want to win a signed copy, head over to my Facebook page and comment. https://www.facebook.com/katedyerseeleyauthor
I’m thrilled that SCENE OF THE CLIMB was included in BuzzFeed’s list of Puntastic Titles. Who doesn’t love a good pun? http://www.buzzfeed.com/isaacfitzgerald/little-punny-foo-