Okay, more like out and about around town, but still. I'm working on a trip to do a signing later in the summer/early fall, but there is nothing yet to report. If it happens I'll be very psyched.
But starting this weekend I'll be around a lot. This Sunday is, of course, Noir at the Bar once again at Mandrake on La Cienega at 8:00. I'll be reading from Criminal Economics, my limited edition novel. (Details in the post below on how to order)
I'll have a few to sell, but not as many as I'd like. Seems I sold the first batch a little too quickly. Nice problems to have. I doubt I'll ever get through all 100 copies (which is why I didn't order all 100 at once) but it's nice to see the first box of books nearly empty. I'm even having to hold a few back from shipping to wait for my next delivery. I could have gotten them here in time for the weekend but for $117 in shipping and, um, no thanks.
But thank you sincerely to everyone who has ordered one so far. Hope you enjoy the book. I'd love to hear what people thought about it. No pressure to write an Amazon review or any of that crap I hate groveling for. Just drop me a note if you like it or if you did not.
But even before that, on Saturday the 25th, I'll be at the El Segundo library hosting an event with author and former LAPD interrogator Paul Bishop about the art of interrogation.
Paul, as many of you know, is the co-mastermind behind the FightCard series, as well as a prolific author of many novels. We'll be talking about his experience as a 35-year veteran of the LAPD and a master interrogator, a skill which I'm lucky to say I've seen in person. It'll be a great event so you should come to the El Segundo library at 10 am and check it out. It's free. And refreshments will be served!
Afterward we can all wagon-train down to Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach and see Dennis Palumbo sign his new novel, too.
On June 2 I'll be at the El Segundo author Fair. This is a great little book gathering in an idyllic little town square and I'm honored to be included. Other mystery authors will be there like Tim Hallinan and Rochelle Staab as well as authors of all kinds of other books. Come on down! I'll be signing books from 1:30 -2:30.
Then (whew! told you I'd be around) at the end of June is the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena. I'll be appearing on a panel on Sunday with Paul Bishop again, Gary Phillips and Seth Harwood. Our topic is How To Hardboil (or Noir) Your manuscript. Sunday at 10:30. Check it out! The conference is sold out so I'm hoping to have a full house.
So, that's it for now. I'm almost done with all my side projects and favors so I can finally begin the new novel and truly focus on nothing but. Well, if I hadn't agreed to talk on some night work at my regular job. I need the dough! It costs a lot to be a struggling writer.