Susan Van KirkAuthor
From my blog
I’m still working on my jigsaw puzzle, “Quilts for Sale,” by artist Tom Wood. Writing a mystery is a lot like working a puzzle. I’ve written about the thinking process, research, characters, backstories, and timelines. I’ve also filled in an overall structure and...
Last week, I wrote about the preliminary steps in writing a mystery: coming up with an idea, thinking about the characters, imagining their back stories, and doing necessary research. Except for research, those steps involve mostly thinking. Research is a hands-on...
Susan Van Kirk Reading from The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks recorded at Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois.
Carl Sandburg Literary Festival (see Events Tab for Exact Dates and Times)
For more information on each event, please check out the Carl Sandburg Literary Festival on their Facebook Page.
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!]
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.
“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.