03-27-2009 02:36 PM
Rosemary Harris, who visited our board last year when we featured her debut book, Pushing Up Daisies, is back with the second book in this series. We had a lot of fun when Rosemary joined us before, so please give her a hearty welcome!
Our second feature is a classic, John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps. There is an equally classic Hitchock movie that was based on this book, although the plot isn't exactly the same.
I hope you'll join us to visit with Rosemary and to discuss these very different books!
The Big Dirt Nap The Thirty-Nine Steps
03-30-2009 02:38 PM
So nice to be back! And I'm in such good company - I haven't read 39 Steps in ages but I will get right on it! I've been touring - CA, AZ, IL, IN, VA and of course Ohio. In fact I'll be heading back to Ohio in May.
The Big Dirt Nap was reallt supposed to be book three in the Dirty Business series. In the original book two, I sent Paula Holliday out of town to the Philadelphia Flower Show, but i really started to miss my secondary characters - who couldn't very well all go to Philly with Paula!
Once again, I was inspired but something I saw in the newspaper about a little boy who was living with mother on a reservation in CT. The tribe is lobbying for federal recognition and I thought..hmmm... there may be a mystery there.
I'm so glad you liked it...I had a lot of fun writing it. Be back soon!
03-30-2009 03:45 PM
04-01-2009 08:06 AM
04-01-2009 11:23 AM
Hi Rosemary! Since I just finished asking you a slew of questions for my blog interview, I don't have any just yet to ask, but I wanted to stop by and show a little love anyway. I'm also going to lurk and maybe find some more great tidbits...like the info on the new books! Yea!
So glad to see you here! Have a great time!
04-01-2009 11:27 AM
Alright! I'm eating my words already. I didn't see an event scheduled in Ohio in May. Where will you be?
04-01-2009 11:34 AM
04-01-2009 06:13 PM
04-02-2009 11:39 AM
I'm currently reading your book, Pushing Up Daisies, which was nominated for the Best First Novel Agatha Award. I'm enjoying it!
Beth Groundwater, http://bethgroundwater.com/
DEADLY CURRENTS, 03/11, A REAL BASKET CASE re-release, 11/11
WICKED EDDIES, 05/12, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET re-release, 11/12
FATAL DESCENT, 06/13, A BASKET OF TROUBLE, 11/13
04-02-2009 01:51 PM
I'm excited about having you visit our Killer Hobbies blog (http://killerhobbies.blogspot.com) on Monday, April 13, and telling us more about your first book Pushing Up Daisies! Until then, happy digging in the dirt!
Joanna Campbell Slan
Author of the Agatha nominee for Best First Novel--Paper, Scissors, Death
04-03-2009 12:14 PM
Lovely to see you here. The Big Dirt Nap is such a hoot--it's an original and intelligent mystery wrapped in a really fun read. And your covers are gorgeous..are they meant to be the Picasso cover, and then the Matisse cover?
You do so many visits to libraries and stores..when do you have time to write?
Congratulations on the Agatha nomination!
Hank Phillippi Ryan
watch for THE OTHER WOMAN coming in 2012
04-03-2009 12:32 PM
04-03-2009 12:48 PM
All my pals are here! I've met so many great people in the mystery community...it really is a fun job sometimes!
Hi Hank (Agatha winner last year for best first novel for Prime Time which is being rereleased very soon) The first cover came about when I was asked - it almost never happens - what i thought I'd like to see on the cover. I said "how about a skeletal arm offering a bunch of fading flowers..you know, like the Picasso flowers." And poof, next thing I knew there it was! Who knew I had such power?? The St Martins art department has worked very hard on my covers. After Picasso, the Matisse was a little bit of an inside joke - if people recognized it, fine, if they didn't, that was okay too it was an edgier cover than you'd find on most traditional mysterties and I liked that.
Who knows about future books..could be Edward Hopper, although with a title like Deadhead the next book could wind up with a picture of of The Grateful Dead skelton on it!