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I’m writing a scene today where Portia catches sight of a suspect standing on the platform of a London tube stop, and I always like to watch this video when writing about that specific setting (and I’m very lucky such source material exists).
It’s from the 1930s, and hosted by the Kinolibrary Film Collections:
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Just so you know, publishers LOVE it when pre-sales of books go well. And happy publishers usually leads to happy authors, so if you were thinking Pickles might make an awesome gift OR you just wanted to be the first to get your hot little paws on a copy, this is your chance!
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Gotta love this event title and the panellists I am thrilled to be included with! Come by Ryerson on Tuesday and hear how we balance our “Double Lives.”
UPDATE: They posted the talk, so if you missed it, catch up here:
If you’re in the Toronto area, I’ll be speaking at the March 21st Sisters in Crime event at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd!
Come by and hear all about Portia’s transition from YA detective to adult.
For those of you following along with the development of book 4 in the Portia Adams series, I think I’ve got a new tentative title: The Detective and the Spy.
It turns out the spy that Portia runs into in act 1 of the story, is becoming quite significant to the storyline. He started out as a Christopher, but in reading more about spies in the 1930s, I’m becoming enamoured of naming him after Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series. Ian’s middle name is Lancaster, so here’s my question for all you fab fans out there, what do you prefer as a spy name?
One of the best things about Fierce Ink Press (my first publishers, who have since gone out of business) was that they introduced me to Emma Dolan, the illustrator who created all the covers for the Portia Adams Adventures.
Well, it would seem destiny (and Emma’s considerable talent) have brought us together again, because DCB has commissioned her to create the book cover for Pickles vs the Zombies!
It’s finally time to update this site to do more – with my next series of books.
Pickles vs the Zombies will be coming out in the fall of 2019 with DCB Publishing, and I will need a place to update you all on its progress!
The next Portia Adams book is moving into adult territory, and was picked up by Cormorant Books, currently set to be published in the spring of 2020.
So, time to update this site to incorporate more than [just] Portia and her friends. Stand by for some pretty wicked introductions to Pickles and her fellowship of marvellous mammals.
It’s Word on the Street time again, and I will be in my usual spot – hosting a bunch of awesome YA authors in the TEEN SPIRIT stage!
Check out the sched here: http://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/event-stage/teen-spirit/
Bring your friends, get your books signed, or complete your collection of Portia Adams books!
Come on down to Queen Books next Sunday, kids, and we’ll start your very own mystery! 914 Queen St E!