Susan Van KirkAuthor
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In my earlier years when I taught an occasional Shakespeare play at Monmouth High School, I used to enjoy explaining to my students the origin of the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” In the era of the British thatched roof and William Shakespeare, a homeowner...
Malice Domestic Book Conference Spring 2017
I’ll be attending Malice Domestic, a book conference in Bethesda, Maryland, for mystery writers and mystery lovers. You can see the website here. The last time I went to this conference, I interviewed Hallie Ephron, author of several books on mystery writing, as well as several award-winning mysteries. I also met my wonderful freelance editor, Lourdes Venard, face-to-face. This year I look forward to seeing other writers from the Midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Great fun! [That is Lori Rader-Day of Chicago next to me on the panel in 2015. She is the president of the Midwest chapter of MWA. Her mysteries have gone on to win wonderful awards!]
On the Road Again …
Having done a number of signings in bookstores and libraries all over the local area, I’m now heading out with fellow author, Jim Jacobs, [ author of No Ordinary Season], to set up signings in Peoria, the Quad Cities, and eventually, Chicago. I’m also talking with book clubs and groups such as Rotary or PEO about my Endurance series. See events on this website under “Events” tab. I can be reached through this website under “Contact” for any events you may have in mind.
Interview on WGIL
Jim Jacobs, author of No Ordinary Season, and I will be on WGIL on Valentine’s Day at 7:10 A.M. (yikes, that is early.) We’ll be talking about our upcoming book signing at Stone Alley Books on Saturday, February 18, from 11 A.M to 2 P. M.
Big Sale Opportunity Jan 13-15
I’m offering my Endurance novella, starring TJ Sweeney, free on January 13-15. It’s a way of saying “thank you” to all of my readers. You can download it at Amazon on these three days here.
“My Book” Essay in Mystery Scene Magazine
Mystery Scene Magazine has put an essay about my second Endurance novel, Marry in Haste, online. You can read about it at https://mysteryscenemag.com/blog-article/5486-my-book-marry-in-haste You’ll see a shout out to my home town of Galesburg, Illinois, and my current town of Monmouth, Illinois.
Early Reviews for Marry in Haste
“Grace looked up from the diary. 1893. Seventeen years old. I’m trying to remember when I was that young. She seems so mature in some ways, especially when she is talking about her mother. But, she’s also sheltered. I wonder what she’ll think of Endurance.” from “Marry in Haste”
Small town America has never been made more real in a fictional city as in Endurance. Van Kirk delves into the subject of domestic abuse by presenting this enthralling mystery involving two strong women a hundred years apart. Well plotted and a very interesting read.” P.J. Adamson, author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and winner of the Clue Award in Suspense
“Marry in Haste is a riveting mystery and an unflinching look at domestic abuse, both past and present. Skillfully plotted, Van Kirk delves into a difficult subject matter with a deft touch. Incisive and intriguing.” Anna Lee Huber, National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mysteries.
“A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Van Kirk balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection.” Kirkus Reviews
Kindle Now Available
If you live locally, the Warren County Public Library now has a Kindle you may check out just like a book. My novella, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney, is already preloaded so you can read it if you don’t have your own Kindle. This service begins on May 10, 2016.
“Second Acts,” a blog by Joanne Guidoccio, invited me to stop by and visit today.
You can see my progression from teacher to writer if you check out her blog at http://joanneguidoccio.com/