by Kay Kendall
Avid readers and writers
of crime fiction make up a warm and supportive community, both IRL (in real
life) and online. This fact often astonishes folks outside this community. Isn’t it odd, they ask, that people who spend lots of time steeped in criminal
activities of all kinds—even if it is fictional—are so nice?
|Debra H. Goldstein & Kay Kendall, 2014, Killer Nashville|
And now one of the nicest
and funniest authors I know is coming to Houston. Debra H. Goldstein and I will do
a talk and book signing together at Houston’s renowned store, Murder by the Book.
find us doling out cookies, tea, wine, and opinions aplenty about reading and
Debra writes funny cozy mysteries
and will talk about her newest book, Two
Bites Too Many. I write historical mysteries and will discuss my latest, After You’ve Gone.
Watch this space for news of a live feed on Facebook!
Debra and I are both bloggers here on the Stiletto Gang, but our
pal-hood predates that by several years. We first met at the Killer Nashville
conference in the summer of 2014 and hit it off immediately. Both of us came to
our mystery writing later in life.
She had been both a
successful labor lawyer and one of the youngest individuals appointed as a U.S.
Administrative Law Judge. I had won international awards in my two decades of
corporate communications. Both of us then cut our careers short (hers as a
judge was a lifetime appointment!) to become fulltime mystery writers. Since meeting
five years ago, we’ve each published more books and participated in several
organizations promoting crime novels. This year our paths crossed again as
members of the national board of Mystery Writers of America, with Debra representing
the Southeast Chapter as president, and me as president of the Southwest
I always have fun when Debra is around, and also learn lots of interesting things. I know you will too. If you are lucky enough to be in Houston on January 4, swing by Murder by the Book and see us. And everyone can see our live feed (and/or later video) on Facebook. We guarantee a great time!
She lives in Texas with her Canadian
husband, two house rabbits, and spaniel Wills.
Her second book Rainy Day Women won the Silver Falchion for best mystery at
Killer Nashville. Visit
Kay at her website http://www.austinstarr.com/
or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KayKendallAuthor