Author Appearances

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Kate Dyer-Seeley (Scene of the Climb), Melissa Eskue Ousley (Sign of the Throne and Rabbit and the Raven) and me (Tip of a Bone) outside Bob’s Beach Books in Lincoln City.

Selected Author Events

Saturday October 10, 2015, 1:30 to 3 p.m., a Spooky Mystery Panel at Another Read Through

I joined four local mystery/suspense authors: Cindy Brown (Sound of Murder and Macdeath), Jeanette Hubbard (Secrets, Lies, and Champagne Highs), Jean Sheldon5 authors at Another Read Through (Mrs. Quigley’s Kidnapping), and Christina Weaver (The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan) for a Spooky Mystery Panel to celebrate the month of Halloween. I read from Tip of a Bone and previewed a few pages from my upcoming suspense novel, River of Broken Glass.


Writers’ Police Academy, August 2015

I was thrilled to attend the Writers’ Police Academy for a second year. This August, it moved to Appleton, Wisconsin and offered a full range of workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on action, from building searches to crime scene photography. (Wondering how to handle an unruly plane passenger or stop a fleeing vehicle during a police pursuit?)  To see what I learned in 2014 at this conference, please visit Six Lessons from the Writers’ Police Academy.

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Left Coast Crime, Crimelandia (Portland, Oregon): March 12-15, 2015
Mystery authors Lisa Alber and Bill Cameron host the Left Coast Crime booth at Stumptown Lit.
Mystery authors Lisa Alber and Bill Cameron host the Left Coast Crime booth at Stumptown Lit.

I enjoyed Left Coast Crime (Crimelandia 2015), a four-day conference that offers panel discussions and gatherings for fans, readers, and writers of crime fiction.

Thursday, March 12th. 9-noon.  I volunteered at the Sisters in Crime table in the registration area, representing our local SinC chapter. Many people stopped by to say hi, and to learn how the Sisters in Crime organization supports women authors.

Thursday, March 12th, 5-6 p.m.  For Happy Hour, I joined three other “Women of Suspense” for a very fun Author-Reader Connection called Criminal Cocktails (The four of us–Donnell Ann Bell, Cathy Perkins, DV Berkom, and me–hosted eight readers in the hotel bar).

Friday, March 13th-Saturday March 14th. I attended panels, went on an FBI lab tour, enjoyed a celebratory banquet, and more. The law and law-enforcement panels provided great background for my upcoming suspense novel, Rivers of Broken Glass.

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Sunday, March 15th, 11 a.m. to noon. I moderated a panel called The Great Outdoors: Murder in Nature, with authors Christine Carbo (The Wild Inside, coming in June 2015), Mark Stevens (Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and Lake of Fire), and Shannon Baker (Nora Abbott mysteries). We talked about how nature inspires us and shapes our writing—and why the great outdoors is the perfect place to commit deadly deeds. (Fictional ones, natch.)  Their stories took attendees on an adventure through the wild lands of Utah, Glacier National Park, and the Colorado wilderness.


 Small Business Saturday at Another Read Through, November 29, 2014 (11:30)

kate baer and meI was happy to support a local business and one of my favorite Portland booksellers with an “author as bookseller” shift at Another Read Through on Mississippi Street for Indies First on Saturday, November 29th, 11:30-1:30.

Story Con, Vancouver, Washington: Saturday, October 18th

10:30 a.m. — I participated in a panel at Story Con called The Wicked West, on why the Pacific Northwest offers so many opportunities for writing mystery and suspense. Is it our vast wild lands, the dark, moss-draped forests, or perhaps something in the water?  Kate Dyer-Seeley, Angela M. Sanders, and me explored this topic–and supported the Vancouver Community Library.

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Authors Christine Finlayson, Angela M. Sanders, and Kate Dyer-Seeley at the StoryCon 2014 reception hosted by Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA.
Authors Christine Finlayson, Angela M. Sanders, and Kate Dyer-Seeley at the StoryCon 2014 reception hosted by Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA.
Stumptown Lit: A Festival for Readers and Writers, Sunday October 19th, Portland
Oregon Writers Colony author books at Stumptown Lit 2014
Oregon Writers Colony author books at Stumptown Lit 2014

Tip of a Bone made an appearance at the Oregon Writers Colony’s Book Fair at Stumptown Lit. This festival for readers and writers was held at the World Forestry Center in Portland and included a morning workshop on Publishing Today, story time for kids, a Book Fair, and an evening reception honoring Jean Auel. For more information, visit the OWC website.


The Writers’ Police Academy, September 4th-7th

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Bestselling authors John Gilstrap and Lisa Gardner get cuffed in “Handcuffing and Arrest Techniques” class — and then figure out how to escape.


Four amazing days spent at The Writers’ Police Academy in North Carolina, attending a series of workshops, demonstrations, and classes that teach writers how to “get things right” in their books. For more information, check out my blog post about being a first-time attendee.

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A police dive-team member demonstrates how to search underwater for crime-scene evidence or stolen goods.


Highlighted Events, March – August 2014

After a very busy fall and winter, I cut back on doing author events this past spring so I could focus on writing my new suspense novels. It felt like being in a cave!  Here are a few highlighted events from spring and summer:

Saturday, March 1st

ww blog big tree sheltonI taught two writing workshops for the Shelton Timberland Library as a thank you to Hypatia-in-the-Woods, which offered me a writing residency many years ago. The workshops (Effective Openings from 9-11 a.m. and Deep Editing from 1-3 p.m.) focused on fiction/novel writing.

Thursday, March 20th-Sunday, March 23rd

mystery authorsLeft Coast Crime conference (Calamari Crime). I pitched Tip of a Bone at the New Authors’ Breakfast, dined with friends from Sisters in Crime, enjoyed the sights and sunshine of Monterey, volunteered at the conference registration desk, learned about many new mysteries, and served on a panel called Day on the Beach: Murder at the Seashore with: Victoria Heckman (moderator), Larry K. Collins, James R. Preston, and Mara Purl.

Tuesday, March 25th-Friday April 4th.


My virtual blog tour with Great Escapes Book Tours included these participating bloggers:

March 25 – fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews – Review, Giveaway
March 26 – readalot blog – Review
March 27 – Books-n-Kisses – Review
March 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Guest Post
March 29 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review, Interview, Giveaway
April 1 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
April 2 – Brooke Blogs – Review
April 3 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
April 4 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

Tuesday, April 8th.

Book group appearance (private).

Wednesday, May 14th

Rock Creek ArtBeat, Forum on the Arts, panel appearance

Saturday August 16th, NW Author Fair

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I’m thrilled to be participating in the Northwest Author Fair on Saturday, August 16th, sponsored by Bob’s Beach Books:

When: Bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush will give a talk from 9:30 am to 10:10 am. The author fair and book signing runs from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Where: Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast. The author fair will be in the plaza right next to Bob’s Beach Books at 1747 NW Hwy 101. The author talk (9:30 am) will be at the Bijou Theater across the street.

beach books fairWhy go: The fair supports NW authors of all stripes, from nonfiction and poetry to mysteries and thrillers. It also helps to support Bob’s Beach Books, a locally owned independent bookstore. So perhaps a better question is: Why wouldn’t you go?

For more information about the fair and a list of participating authors, click here.


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Past Author Appearances

August: Willamette Writers Conference

I volunteered in the Pitch Practice and Manuscript ER room, helping writers hone their pitches and submissions for the agents visiting the conference.

August: Newport Willamette Writers

The August meeting of the Willamette Writers’ Coast Chapter was an Open Mic night. I read a few pages from Tip of a Bone, which is set in Newport, and enjoyed the work of other writers, including song lyrics, poems, memoir, and fiction. Great talent in that room!

September: Celebrating the Book Releasebook at B&NTip Cover Staff Picks TBB

In the midst of a busy month of book marketing, I ran around to bookstores to photograph my mystery on the shelf and celebrated with family and friends at the Tip of a Bone Launch Party.


October 5: Wordstock, 1-2 p.m Saturday

Along with mystery author Lori L. Lake, I enjoyed meeting readers at the Oregon Writers Colony booth (Wordstock, Saturday 1-2 p.m.)

October 6-8: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)FB Autographing at trade show 1

Many thanks to PNBA for inviting me to an Author Autograph session on Tuesday, October 8th, 9:45-10:15. I also attended Sunday and Monday at the PNBA Fall Tradeshow. On Monday, October 7th, booksellers found me in the exhibit hall (at the Imprint Group West booth).

October 15, 7 p.m. Third Place BooksTip Event Reading 2 TBB

A reading/book signing at Third Place Books in Seattle (the Ravenna location, on the corner of NE 20th and 65th).  This was a great chance to support an indie bookstore and check out their vast collection of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.

October 16, Book Group Appearance (private)

October 17, Tip of a Bone appears at Charity Auction! Auction kit small

Tip of a Bone got dressed up for its first-ever Auction Appearance. It appeared here in a “Reading Relaxation Kit”: a fast-paced mystery, set in the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by a bottle of *mystery* wine, a pair of wine glasses, and four dark-chocolate truffles.

November 1, Book Group Appearance (private)

November 23: Wild Arts Festivalfb wild arts festival book fair

I had the pleasure of being at the Wild Arts Festival in Portland on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-4 p.m., appearing in the festival’s Book Fair along with 29 other authors, photographers, and poets—and many visual artists. Here’s a description from the Wild Arts Festival website:

“Now in its 33rd year, the Festival is the Northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books. The 2012 Festival broke attendance records and raised $84,000 for the Audubon Society of Portland.”

The 2013 Wild Arts Festival featured more than 70 artists—including painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, glassblowers—and 30 novelists, poets, nonfiction writers, and photographers. Click on this link to see the participating authors. The festival ran Saturday, November 23, 2013 and Sunday, November 24, 2013. Location: Montgomery Park, NW Portland.

Highlighted Events for December/January:

I decided to take it easy on author events for a few weeks so I could enjoy the holidays with family, catch my breath after several busy weeks of promotion, and get back to writing my second book, a novel of suspense. That gave me time to plan for a busy winter: an Oregon coast bookstore tour, an author workshop in Shelton, Washington, book group appearances, a reading at the Rain or Shine Coffee House with Lily Gardner, and a local author event at Another Read Through in Portland.

Tuesday, February 11th, 7 p.m.

Author Talk & Reading for the Local Author Series at Another Read Through in NE Portland (new location: 3932 North Mississippi).FB view of tree and books ART I read some short excerpts from Tip of a Bone, offered a slideshow of scenes from the book and my roundabout journey to author, and described how nature inspired me to write the story in Tip of a Bone—but a bomb scare convinced me to finish it. Attendees also got a sneak peek at my novel-in-progress, which is set in Portland, Oregon.

Thursday, February 13th.

Book group appearance (private).

Thursday, February 27th, 6:30 p.m.

Rain or Shine Coffee House in SE Portland.  I read from Tip of a Bone and hosted a lively discussion about changes in the publishing industry, a talk developed with the help of Lily Gardner, author of the noir mystery set in Portland, A Bitch Called Hope.

Saturday, March 1st.

I taught two writing workshops for the Shelton Timberland Library as a thank you to Hypatia-in-the-Woods, which offered me a writing residency many years ago. The workshops (Effective Openings from 9-11 a.m. and Deep Editing from 1-3 p.m.) focused on fiction/novel writing.

Saturday, March 1st.

RWH auction contribution FinlaysonTip of a Bone went to its second auction, supporting a worthy cause: K-8 education. The photo shows Coastal Treats Package #1, complete with Rogue beer.

Tip of a Bone Multnomah Playschool Auction photoSaturday, March 8th.

Tip of a Bone went to its third auction–more support for education, this time a co-op preschool. Coastal Treats Package #2 comes with a cool crab tray!

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