I'm excited. As you could see from my announcement on Sunday, the seventh in the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries, DROPPED DEAD STITCH, will be out today. That means I'm gearing up for a round of booksignings and other reader events. Of course, I do signings and reader events throughout the year, like all of the Cozy Chicks. But there's a bit more excitement (for me, at least) when a new book is coming out. When you're writing a series, these characters are old friends, and you can't wait for readers to discover what's happening in their lives.
I also took a risk with this book. Amidst all the good times with Kelly and the gang and warm and fuzzies in the knitting shop, something bad happens. A murder, right? Well, yes, someone is murdered, and Kelly has to solve it. But something else occurs before that. Something bad happens to one of Kelly’s close friends. It’s a sensitive subject, and I did my best to handle it with respect and sensitivity. Why take the risk and include the subject at all? Because I had to. My characters bring the stories, and they expect me to pay attention.
Risky? You bet. I had no idea how it would be received. I’m extremely gratified that reviewers have responded so favorably. DROPPED DEAD STITCH's cover was even featured in a May 4th Publisher's Weekly article on Traditional Mysteries.
All of that is wonderful. But I didn’t take the risk for the reviews. I took it for my characters. Because the whole point of what happens is not the trauma, but the transformation that follows. For me---it's all about the characters. Always has been.