Susan Van KirkAuthor
From my blog
I read the first Charles Lenox mystery, A Beautiful Blue Death, in 2007. Browsing through the new library books, I plucked it from the shelf, read it too quickly, and enjoyed it immensely. Charles Finch, the author, has now written thirteen books in the series, and I...
I’ve never met Micki Browning in person, but I did see her step off an elevator at the Malice Domestic Book Conference in Maryland. Does that count? Even at a distance, she is as lovely as her author photograph. We are as different as people could be since she lives...
Holiday Gift Shopping
If you’re looking for a gift for that reader on your list, you might consider the Endurance Mysteries. They’re available locally at Stone Alley Books (Galesburg, Illinois) or Buchanan Center for the Arts, the OSF Holy Family Gift Shop, or the Warren County Historical Society (Monmouth, Illinois.) I’ll be at the Holiday Open House at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Il, on December 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., signing books with a personal message for that reader on your list. Stop in and see all the wonderful gifts the Buchanan Center has to offer for the many people on your Christmas List.
Waterline Writers Reading/Booksigning on September 17 in Batavia, Illinois
Authors Joan Colby, Linda Heuring, Ed Piotrowski, Christine Swanberg and Susan Van Kirk will be featured at the next Waterline Writers event on Sunday, September 17th at 7 pm.
Ed Piotrowski reads A Fishy Encounter in the Retail Garden of Eden from his memoir, A Life Well Fished; Susan Van Kirk reads Rockin’ Out from her memoir, The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks); Linda Heuring reads Nibbling at the Bloodstains from her short story collection, A Woman Walked into a Bar; Christine Swanberg reads from her new poetry collection Wild Fruition; and Joan Colby reads Carnival and Sideshow poems from Carnival, one of her recent poetry collections.
Admission is $5/$3 students, and each event gives you the opportunity to purchase an author’s book, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery or wine from Bright Angel Wines. We also feature food from The Market at Gaetano’s!
Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org and follow our Submission Guidelines to be considered as a future featured writer, but everyone is welcome to come just to listen and enjoy Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the newly ADA-accessible art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Contact us on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Van Kirk Reading from The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks)
recorded at Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois.
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. This service begins on May 10, 2016.
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.
“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.