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Two-for-Tuesday: KAREN E. OLSON and CLEA SIMON are visiting tomorrow

 It was fun the last time we combined two author visits on a Tuesday, so tomorrow we're going to do that again. Our visiting authors will be KAREN E. OLSON and CLEA SIMON.

 

I'll post links and bios later today, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up so you'll be sure to stop in tomorrow and say hello!

 

Here are their books:

 

The Missing Ink   Shot Girl   Dead of the Day   Secondhand Smoke   Sacred Cows   Fatherless Women   Probable Claws   Cries and Whiskers   Feline Mystique   Mew is For Murder   Shades of Grey   Cattery Row  

 

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Thanks! We'll both be dropping in to answer questions and just chat, too!

Clea 

"Probable Claws," April '09
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Okay - by way of introduction, I'm going to post links to reviews, interviews and blogs by our Tuesday visiting authors. 

 

I'll start with Clea Simon and, to make sure I get it right, I'm going to copy the bio from her website:

 

 http://www.cleasimon.com/Clea_Simon_bio.html

 

And here is her blog:  http://cleasimon.blogspot.com/

 

Clea Simon 

 

 

Bio: Clea Simon

I'm the author of three nonfiction books and two mystery series. The nonfiction books are Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (published as a Doubleday hardcover in 1997, released as a Penguin paperback in 1998), Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley, 2001) and The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats (St. Martin's Press, 2002). My Theda Krakow mystery series was launched in 2005 with Mew is for Murder and continues with Cattery Row and Cries and Whiskers, all now available in paperback. The fourth Theda book, Probable Claws, is due in April, 2009. My Dulcie Schwartz series launches this summer with Shades of Grey (Severn House)!

My essays are included in the following anthologies: Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends (Seal Press) and For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance (Seal Press). My short mysteries will be included in Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Authors (Level Best) and Cambridge Voices. I have also written new introductions for two Agatha Christie classics, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary, to be published by the Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Reading in March, 2009.

My writing also pops up occasionally in the New York Times and the Boston Phoenix, and such magazines as American Prospect, Ms., and Salon.com. I used to do a fair amount of music criticism, but now primarily focus on relationships, feminism, and psychological issues.

I grew up in East Meadow, on suburban Long Island, N.Y., and came to Cambridge, Mass., to attend Harvard, from which I graduated in 1983. I've never left, and now happily cohabit with my husband, Jon S. Garelick, who is also a writer, and our cat Musetta.

 

 

http://januarymagazine.com/2009/06/author-snapshot-clea-simon.html

 

 http://wiredforbooks.org/cleasimon/

 

 http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/features/arts/offthepage/blog/clea_simon/

 

 http://www.catchannel.com/magazines/catfancy/june-2009/catch-up-with-author-clea-simon.aspx

 

 http://consciouscat.net/2009/06/20/book-review-probable-claws-by-clea-simon/

 

 http://success.crimefictionblog.com/2005/08/clea_simon.html

 

 http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/backstory/2005/06/clea_simons_bac.html

 

 http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/06/probable-claws-by-clea-simon.html

 

 

 

http://www.literaryfeline.com/2009/04/interview-with-author-clea-simon-theda.html  

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Introducing our Tuesday guest, Karen E. Olson (information courtesy of her website):

 

 http://www.kareneolson.com/

 

 And this is Karen's blog:  http://firstoffenders.typepad.com/

 

 

 ABOUT THEAUTHOR

 

Karen Olson

I’velived in Connecticut all my life, except for four years in the Blue RidgeMountains at Roanoke College in Virginia, where I was an English major and reada lot of dead white male British writers, and almost two years in Miami, whereI first worked in advertising and then rewrote policies and procedures for aninternational securities and investigations company. Not able to afford a carwith air conditioning, I left Florida and came back to my home state, where Iworked at a weekly newspaper for a salary that made me eligible for food stamps.

I’dalways wanted to be a writer, so journalism seemed a logical career choice. Myfirst story was an interview with the new dog warden in the small town of DeepRiver, and I spent a lot of time at planning and zoning and school boardmeetings. I hopped from small paper to small paper, until finding out I couldmake a decent wage working nights as a copy editor.

Beinga vampire wasn't so bad, and I started writing fiction in the middle of thenight when I got home from work. I had been reading a lot of Oprah-type books,in which women characters spent a lot of time being victims. I discovered thatin mysteries, the women protagonists were smart and didn’t allow themselves tobe victimized. I decided that was the sort of character I wanted to create.

Ileft the newspaper business in 2006 after a 20-year career. I now edit amedical journal part-time at Yale. It’s made life a lot more simple, and I havemore time to devote to my fiction writing, driving my 12-year-old daughter allover creation for her activities, and enjoying gourmet meals created by myhusband, a former journalist who now works for a high-ranking elected stateofficial.

 Karen Olson

 

(sorry about the weird formatting -- I can't seem to get it lined up right) 

 

Here are links to interviews, reviews, blogs and more:

 

 http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=user/1123

 

 http://www.aliceteh.com/2009/05/karen-e-olsons.html

 

 http://darquereviews.com/12612/200175.html

 

 http://chatterrific.blogspot.com/2009/01/karen-e-olson.html

 

 http://www.crimefictionblog.com/2006/09/review_of_karen.html

 

 http://raidergirl3-anadventureinreading.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-sacred-cows-by-karen-e-olson.html

 

 http://www.myshelf.com/mystery/09/shotgirl.htm

 

 http://www.armchairinterviews.com/reviews/categories/mysterysuspense/sacred_cows.php

 

 http://firstoffenders.typepad.com/offenders/2009/07/down-with-the-sickness-the-missing-ink.html

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Maybe I should kick this off - Karen, you and I are both launching new series. Want to tell us about yours?

 

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So glad to be here!

 

My new book THE MISSING INK, just out today, is the first in the tattoo shop mysteries. Brett Kavanaugh is a tattooist in Las Vegas. A young woman comes to her shop and makes an appointment for a devotion tattoo with the name of her fiance. But she never comes back. Next thing Brett knows, the police are looking for her potential client, and the name she'd wanted on the tattoo is not the name of her fiance!

 

It's a great fun beach (or pool) read, perfect for summer. Lots of twists and turns. I had so much fun writing it! 

The Missing Ink 

 

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Sorry I'm late to the party - I managed to kill my "real" computer over the weekend and I've been trying to set up an appt. for a service call. I'm REALLY glad I finally bought a laptop about six weeks ago, but I'm still not used to this keyboard, so please excuse any horrible typos.

 

You both seem to be on a hot streak - judging from the reviews I read while looking for those links on your introduction posts, Clea's cat series has hooked a lot of readers, and Karen's writing is frequently compared to Janet Evanovich! So are you bribing reviews (joking, joking!), or have you both managed to hit on a combination of great writing and brilliant marketing? In other words, to what do you credit your success? 

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I'm so sorry, Becke! Mine's been acting up too. Maybe all this rain we're having in New England?

 

Wish I could predict and control the critics, but, you know, I think it's all about writing what you want to read. My Theda Krakow series is my "cats & crime & rock & roll" series - Theda's a freelance rock critic, a single gal living in the city, whose life revolves music, her friends and - of course - her cats.  "Shades of Grey," which kicks off my new Dulcie Schwartz series, which I'm really tremendously excited about, features a single gal of a different sort: Dulcie is a poor graduate student. She's come from the Pacific Northwest to study at my alma mater, Harvard. And although she was raised by a sort of psychic/ex-hippie, she's really glad to be away from all that "woo woo" stuff and in a very rational, very normal world. Until, that is, the ghost of her late cat shows up to help her out of a murder rap! I actually just turned the second Dulcie book ("Grey Matters") in and my editor loves it, for which I'm very grateful. So I'm hoping that everyone who has welcom

Shades of Grey  ed Theda will welcome Dulcie, too!

 

My latest Theda is Probable Claws: 

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Hi - we're getting a lot of lurkers, but no questions. So I'll ask one:

 

Have any of you ever lost a pet ... and felt like its ghost or spirit came back? (Yup, that's the theme of "Shades of Grey," but it's also based in personal experience with my late, great cat Cyrus.)

 

 

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Clea_Simon wrote:

Hi - we're getting a lot of lurkers, but no questions. So I'll ask one:

 

Have any of you ever lost a pet ... and felt like its ghost or spirit came back? (Yup, that's the theme of "Shades of Grey," but it's also based in personal experience with my late, great cat Cyrus.)

 

 


Oh, definitely, especially when my dog died. Sometimes I still feel as if she'll be there when I turn around. I'm definitely going to read SHADES OF GREY.
Shades of Grey  
 

 

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I tell myself that it's just that I'm used to Cyrus being there, but still... I swear I saw him once, out of the corner of my eye, sitting on a stoop near our house. I scoured that neighborhood for weeks after, never saw him again. Was it another cat who looked like him - or...
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Sorry, have never seen any ghost cats, although I'd love to see my old cat Thisbe one more time!

 

Becke, to respond to your question about reviews: No bribing going on here. I would just like to think that I'm writing books that people are enjoying!

 

And here's a question: Would you ever consider a tattoo of a favorite pet?

 

Do you have a tattoo or if not, would you consider one?

 

I will admit freely that I do not have a tattoo and don't plan on getting one. I'm a little scared of the needles. 

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Hi everyone.  Trying to figure out how this works.  I think I'm posting a reply?

 

Anyway - to answer Clea's question about the "ghost cat" - I've had experiences of seeing the little cat I lost in November out of the corner of my eye.  I've also had other experiences of her continued presence.

 

Karen, as far as your question about the tattoo - I'm a wimp when it comes to pain, so I'd never get a tattoo.   However, if I WERE to get one, it would probably be of a favorite pet!

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Hi Ingrid and welcome!

Glad you know what I mean - I almost felt like I'd lost it. What was your kitty's name?

 

And Karen - nope, no tattoos. I think  I missed the window of opportunity. In the '80s, all the women I knew in the music scene were getting 'em. I could never figure out what exactly I would want - I mean, what tattoo do you think you could live with all your life? Plus, I'm a wuss about pain.

 

That said, a friend of mine travelled to meet some well-known tattoo artist who did a wonderful Japanese fantail goldfish on her shoulder blade! 

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Hi Clea! 

 

The kitty I was referring to in my post was Buckley.  However, I've had that experience with other cats as well, just not as frequently and as clearly as I did, and still do, with Buckley, but then again, she was responsible for really helping me open to intuition, so that probably has something to do with it.

 

I also find that she comes to me in dreams - have you had that experience with Cyrus?  

 

Karen and Clea, I do like tattoos if they're done tastefully, I just don't have the guts to get one, and like Clea said, how do you decide what you want to have done and then you have to live with it for the rest of your life (which is why a favorite pet would be the only thing I'd get!).  I totally freaked out some friends a couple of years agowhen I got a fake tattoo of the name of a band I like.  That was fun - they all thought I'd gone over the edge.

 

Clea - how much of Cyrus is in "Shades of Grey" and "Grey Matter"?  Is it all Cyrus, or is there some of Musetta in there, too?

 

 

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Buckley, of course! 

 

And Mr. Grey is pretty much all Cyrus. But Musetta gets a role in the books, too, though I don't want to tell you more. I couldn't write a mystery with only a ghost cat, could I? 

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What band was it (that you got a fake tattoo of)?

 

I was almost decided on a very small F-clef (bass clef). Felt like I ought to - but then a local bass player was killed in a motorcycle accident and everyone started getting F-clefs in his memory. I enjoyed his music, but that sort of put me off the idea. Now I'm rather glad. 

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A band called ZO2, out of Brooklyn.  Friends of mine manage them.

 

 

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KarenEOlson wrote:

Sorry, have never seen any ghost cats, although I'd love to see my old cat Thisbe one more time!

 

Becke, to respond to your question about reviews: No bribing going on here. I would just like to think that I'm writing books that people are enjoying!

 

And here's a question: Would you ever consider a tattoo of a favorite pet?

 

Do you have a tattoo or if not, would you consider one?

 

I will admit freely that I do not have a tattoo and don't plan on getting one. I'm a little scared of the needles. 


I share your feelings about tattoos. However, I didn't even have pierced ears until two years ago, so things can change. My kids are convinced I'll be getting tattooed before I'm 60. I'm not ruling it out completely. . .

 

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Karen - Question for you. What inspired you to write the Tattoo Shop mysteries?