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Re: APRIL FEATURE: THE BIG DIRT NAP, by second-time visiting author ROSEMARY HARRIS

I hope Rosemary doesn't mind if I share this, but I thought it was pretty funny.  Before we met for lunch, I noticed this comment on her blog:

 

"Sifting through the 8 zillion emails I blissfully ignored for most of my trip I found one from a gardener in Switzerland who is also a mystery fan. In her email she said she was looking forward to my next book so I'm going to assume this is a positive review, but damned if I know anyone who can translate....but danke schoen, Daniela!"

 

She followed up with the text, untranslated.  I thought, "Oh, I can help with this -- I know about a website that offers instant free translatations."  Since it is not only free, but computer-generated, I didn't expect the translation to be word perfect.  It was a lot funnier than it probably would have been if translated correctly!  I think it was written in Swiss and the translation was German to English, which I'm sure was part of the problem.  

 

I'm not sure I used the same translation website this time, but here's how the it came out:

 

Dirty business Mysteries with "The Big Dirt Nap" published Rosemary Harris innert period of one year now already the second Gartenkrimi. After Paula Holliday, that exchanged its Stöckelschuhe against Gartenclogs in the first book ("Pushing up Daisies",) and opened a nursery in Springfield bumps during the restoration of the Halycon gardens, a local sight, into a mumified corpse, it tries in the second volume, to improve its income in that it composes an article for the local newspaper. In the hotel titanium a titanium arum stands, a plant with the largest unverzweigten blossom state of the world, which seven years needs to the blooming, to open shortly before that its vilely smelling blossom. Over this event, Paula should write a contribution and connects this opportunity therewith to encounter its friend Lucy.  

In the hotel titanium the events rush themselves. A man, who involved Paula shortly previously in the bar into a conversation, is discovered murdered, Lucy does not immerse up and remains also does not want to bloom unattainable and the stink flower. The police is not interested in Lucys disappearing and already sticks Paula again middle in ascertainments.  

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Thanks for asking Becke. I had visited Tanzania a number of times on safari and to climb Kilimajaro but I'd never been to central Tanzania until I took a Habitat for humanity trip there in 2005. It was pretty remote! We flew to Dubai, then Dar es Salaam, then took a six hour bus ride to the capital city of Dodoma and then drove another 2 hours to Mvumi, the village where we were helping to build two houses.

 

The people were wonderful - especially the children who came to visit us on the work sites every day. At one point we were supposed to visit their school, but the work was going so well the HFH volunteers didn't want to stop, so I went to the school with a guide to explain.

 

Well! When I got there, there were 900 students waiting to welcome us with songs, dances and celebrations. it was amazing! I told the headmaster that the group was delayedbut would definitely be coming. I ran back to the worksite and dragged my fellow vols back to the school. It was truly a life-changing experience that none of us will ever forget. The school had 923 students, 18 teachers and no library. As "book people" my husband and I were shocked.

 

When we got home, my husband and I thought we'd like to do something to help, so we asked some friends at Random House and B&N if they'd donate books and they did. Both companies were very generous, but the cost of shipping was exhorbitant and we realized that it might be easier to build a library on the school property. And we did, with the help of some generous friends. We had a fundraiser in May 2007, broke ground in June 2007 and dedicated the Chalula Public library in Nov. 2007. Since then another donor has paid for solar panels and a second has paid for a water tank which will be installed this year. There is no electricity or running water at the school so these were two huge improvements.

 

It's difficult to get books to Chalula, there is no regular mail delivery,  people have to go to Dodoma to pick up mail from a PO Box and transportation from the village to the city consists of two buses a day for those who can afford it. We didn't see a lot of UPS or Fedex trucks in the village although we did see some in Dodoma!

 

Life is hard there. Having no electricity, students can't study at night and when they get home from school they generally work in the fields or take care of their younger siblings. But they love school and were thrilled to participate in a pen pal program that the headmaster and I set up. One teacher in Montclair NJ did a fabulous job of getting American students to write to them.

 

It's amazing what you can accomplish in Africa..especialy since the dollar can go so far there. Some people have asked why I don't do something here..why Africa? Well, first off the poorest person here is still 1000 times more privileged than many of the people in rural villages around the world, and second, we have a lot of systems and organizations in place here..I can't just drive into Bridgeport, CT and build a library. More's the pity! Maybe when I have a big bestseller.. ;-)

 

Please do check out my website if you'd like to learn more about the Chalula Community Library. www.rosemaryharris.com

 

 

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I am so impressed -- what a wonderful thing to do!  Please check in from time to time (after your featured month is over) and keep us posted on how things are going at the library.
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Rosemary -- Did you go to a lot of casinos while writing The Big Dirt Nap?  Purely for research purposes, of course.  Win anything?
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I had been to Las Vegas a dozen times  when I was in the home video business (our annual conference was held there for years - consquently I've had lunches and dinners with wrestlers, adult movie stars, and fitness divas and I met many old-time Hollywood stars before they passed on. It was a fun business. But I digress!)

 

Las Vegas is light years from the CT casino landscape so I realized I had to take the plunge and visit one if I was going to get it right. I went to Uncasville CT to Mohegan Sun which really does rise, Ozlike on the horizon. I almost expected to hear the Munchkin music in the background as we approached.

I didn't gamble - just not my thing - but went to see Frank Sinatra Jr. who was really good (poor guy ...what an act to follow, right?) Probably a little like being Stephen King's son, I guess.

 

I think I missed a question a few posts back..I have plans for 4 Dirty Business mysteries and there are a few other adventures for Paula kicking around in my head, but we'll have to see what my publisher and the readers think!

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I remember when casinos were just in Nevada and Atlantic City, but now they seem to be everywhere.  My brother lives in Albuquerque, and he said there's a big casino near Acoma Pueblo -- last time I visited there, it was in the middle of nowhere!

 

I've been to Las Vegas a lot because my husband's company used to hold their annual meetings there.  I would hang out while he was in meetings.  Like you, I'm not a gambler, but it was easy to find things to do.

 

Are the CT casinos like The MGM Grand, then?  I'm envisioning the Emerald City, rising on the horizon! 

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Rosemary -- If you have a minute, stop by and say hello on the garden book club board.  I started a thread for The Big Dirt Nap there.  We have a gardener in England and one in California who post there regularly.  I give the Midwest "what's in bloom" reports; you can fill us in on what's happening in New England!
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RosemaryH wrote:

Hi Meredith,

I try to get all of the writing done before gardening season really kicks in. That's what I'm doing now for Deadhead, the next book in the series, finishing my rewrites. Over the summer I flesh out whatever new story I'm working on and I write as much as I can in the fall. I definitely write in spurts.

 

I should have been writing all day yesterday but it was so beautiful I had to spend some time in the garden! Hope my editor's not reading this!

Ro

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Rosemary - 

 

I LOVE Deadhead as a title.  Think of the cover possibilities!

 

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On another thread, we were talking about reading series books in order.  I often pick up books that I don't realize are in a series and, if I like the one I bought, I'll go back and read the rest.  Some people said they can only read series books in order.  I have other friends who will wait to read a series until a number of books are out, so they can read them one right after another, while the story and characters are fresh in their mind.

 

What about Rosemary's books?  I read them in order, but almost a year apart. I don't think it would be a problem if someone read THE BIG DIRT NAP and then went back and read PUSHING UP DAISIES, but then, that never bothers me.

 

What do the rest of you think? 

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Question for Rosemary:

 

I've been thinking about your books, and in a weird sort of way, they make me think of the British series, Rosemary and Thyme.  (Probably your name triggered the connection, but beyond that similarity, the series is also about gardening detectives.)

 

I could easily picture your books as a similar-style TV series.  Did you write them with that possibility in mind?  Who would you cast to play your main characters? 

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Reading a series in order--seems like you should, after all we write book one first! But I vote--it often doesn't matter. When you meet a new friend, you first find out the immediate things about them, just what you need to know right then. As you get to know them better, you find out what happened to them in the past, and their hopes for the future.

 

I think it can be like that in reading a series. And it's actually kind of fun--reading book 2 first, then back to book one, it's like you know some secrets that the main charcter doesn't know!

 

What do you all think?

 

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Hi Rosemary! What a nice surprise to "see" you here! I've been hiding in the cave, working on revisions and just came up to find that you're B&N's April mystery author. I hope the new book and your latest round of touring is going wonderfully well. And I've heard fabulous things about Murder 203. Hope you had a great time!

 

I'm reading PUSHING UP DAISIES in anticipation of the Agatha Awards. :smileyhappy: I'm loving the book and looking forward to seeing you at Malice!

 

 

{ Hi Becke! Rosemary was my saviour when we signed books together at my very first book signing in February. She is such a pro, and so smart and funny, while I was a bumbling, tongue-tied newbie! I'm getting better, I swear. LOL. But I'll never forget her generosity and good humor! }

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Kate - Rosemary and Karen Rose are among the few authors I've met in real life.  She is so much fun, and has had so many amazing adventures, I wish we'd had more time to visit!
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Hi Kate,

Thanks for the kind words. You were hardly a bumbling, tongue-tied newbie - but it was fun to meet for the first time five minutes before our event and have things go so smoothly.

 

Delighted that things went so well for Murder 203. it was a terrific weekend with lots of great writers...I know it's geographically difficult for some of my west coast pals, but you never know...maybe next year!

Rosemary

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Rosemary is only visiting with us for another week, so if you have any questions or comments for her, you might want to post them soon.  She stops in periodically, though, so I can always let her know if you have questions for her later on.
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Rosemary - a huge thank you for visiting with us this month!  I hope all of you who read THE BIG DIRT NAP enjoyed it as much as I did!  Rosemary, please come back and visit when your next book comes out!

 

I feel bad that our participants were quiet in April, but several people mentioned they were reading your book in our What Are You Reading Now? thread, so I'm sure they were interested.  You're closing in on 900 views, so I hope you take heart from that!

 

Thanks again for sharing your time with us!