Hey there! Hey there, Golden gangstas! I am continuing to pull my holiday season together. I simply love Christmas. It is my favourite time of year. It will be the four of us again this year and we are staying in California. We like our family time quiet.
Christmas means lots of good food including English favourites: sausage rolls, Yorkshire puddings, mince pies, and a Christmas pudding with custard. We pull crackers and read jokes. Some of us even wear the paper hats.
Last month, I brought back from the UK two boxes of Tesco's Extremely Chocolatey Biscuits. I ditched clothes to get them in my luggage. The biscuits might come in a cardboard box (not a posh tin) and from a supermarket chain, but gosh, are they good. If you are in the UK, I recommend them. If you are not in the UK, I am sorry.
Anyhow, I'll get off my biscuity soapbox and move on to writerly things. I'm sure you didn't sign up to my newsletter to be taunted about biscuits. 😉
On December 1, as voted by subscribers to this newsletter, I started writing the new Roxy which, fingers crossed, should be released around March/April next year. I'm a discovery writer so I'm uncovering the plot as I go, but I'm sure it will be light, and fun, and youthful, just as the previous Roxy's have been.
Mardi Gras Madness, New Orleans Nightmare, Louisiana Lies
Congratulations go to . . .
Months ago, I asked you to submit questions that you would like me to ask the Graham gang. I had over two hundred questions sent to me.
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them at the time, but from that request, the guest edits idea was born and later I decided to weave the answers to a few more questions into the latest book, The Case of the Uncommon Witness.
I promised that if I chose to answer your question, you would receive a prize. I wasn't sure what that would be either, but this week I contacted those who posed the questions to ask them for their choice of an Uncommon Witness notebook or coasters.
These items are another Insider exclusive. They are not for sale and no one owns them anywhere in the world (not even me!) As I'm sure Inspector Graham would agree, it pays to ask questions!
Congratulations go to Tom H, Emil K, David B, Bernadette P, Thomas P, John P, Jan O'B, Amy F.
What were the questions?
These are the questions that have been answered in guest edits. The answers to the middle group were woven into the story of The Case of the Uncommon Witness.
- Janice: What was it like before Inspector Graham took over?
- Janice: Have you ever had to run in high heels?
- Janice: Would you arrest a family member or friend?
- Barnwell: How's the puppy doing?
- Graham: Do you think you'll ever get married again?
- Janice: What was the deciding factor that you picked to become a police officer?
- Graham: What convinced you that you wanted to be a police officer?
- Graham: Why is there such a shocking lack of interest in 6-day bicycle racing?
- Laura: If there was one thing you could change about David's habits, what would it be?
- Laura: Don't you think it's time to prod him to unbottle all those old feelings?
- Laura: What types of books do you like to read?
Do you have a question?
If, at any time, you have a question for any of the characters, any series, please send it to me. I will stash it away and if your question is later chosen to be answered, I will send you a gift. You never know, your question might be answered in my next book.
Phew, I think that's all for now. There's a lot going on in December isn't there? Despite all the activity, I hope you have time for some downtime and some . . . happy reading!