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Winter Writing Update

Header graphic: a woman holding a knife sneaks up on her victim

Happy New Year, productive people!

Yes, I’m a few days early, but I’m eager to get the new year underway. With every January comes fresh possibilities and a reminder to discard outworn habits and old frustrations. Whatever your ambitions are for the new year, go chase em!

This is my first writing update of the new year. These list-y posts help me stay accountable to my goals, and for those who are curious, they’re a peek at what I’m working on and what’s coming next.

What I’m Writing

Cutting the Track (Kat Voyzey #4) - Woot! The book will be out on January 22nd and ebook pre-orders are live . 😃

Ellie Tappet #5 & #6 - I’m working on the next Ellie Tappet novel right now, and I can already tell it’s going to be a fun one. My plan is to pause after the sixth book, with the option to add more books later.

Next up on my radar is Hostile Takeover, Emerald City Spies book three. I’m stoked! Before too long all of my mystery series will be in a good state and I’ll be ready to start a new series or two.

A side note: Does it bug you that the word series is both singular and plural? I find it irritating when using both forms of the word close together. Let’s revolt and create a new word: serieses!

Ugh. That’s even worse! I sound like Smeagol.

Dreaming of Space Opera

The other day, my friend M said that my future space opera series has been haunting me for a while. And she’s not wrong! Twice now, I’ve gotten out of bed in the middle of the night, exhausted, to jot down ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone.

I don’t mind being haunted by stories. But I need my sleep! I updated my site header to show my multi-genre ambitions. See, sci-fi ghosts? I hear you.

Cover Design I’m working on my cover design skills by building a fresh set of covers for the Ellie Tappet Mysteries. Under the principle of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I won’t re-cover the books for a while yet, but here’s a peek at my rough drafts:

Updated Ellie Tappet Book Covers. They show beach sand, flip flops, and colorful elements from each story.

New Website - I have a new website and you’re looking at it. (Thanks, Patrick!) Most of the cool new features are under the hood, but I’m especially happy with the sortable “bookshelves” on the home page . And each book has just two dropdown buttons: buy digital or buy print. I hate cluttery buttons. This is better!

Thoughts for the Quarter

I’m sailing into 2021 with a mixture of relief and optimism. Sure, until the coronavirus vaccine is distributed, I’ll be on tenterhooks, concerned about the safety of my friends and family. But we’re starting a year with an amazing life-saving vaccine, sensible adults are about to move into the White House, and it seems that life and commerce are ready to flow back into our cities and towns like blood returning to a compressed limb.

I’m ready! I’m so-so-so ready. Bring it on, 2021! After the year we’ve all had, I’d say humanity is ready to bust down the doors of the new year and throw a party.

And there will be fabulous books at that party!

I know, because I intend to write some. ☺️

Concluding the Cozy Experiment

Alas, all good experiments must come to an end. If you’ve been reading along, you may remember that last fall I asked myself a question: Was it possible for me to write more quickly, publish more frequently, and have more fun? I’d been frustrated by my slow writing pace and I wanted to improve. So to answer my question, I decided to write a series of cozy mysteries, fast. Along the way I tried different techniques, and I made notes about what I was learning. I’ve written about the experiment here , here , here , and here .

Today marks a happy little milestone. My third cozy mystery, The Case of the Floating Funeral, is available to pre-order . Woot! And as I was putting together a reflection post about my third cozy, I realized that I’ve answered my initial questions. I pulled out my calendar, subtracted out vacation time, and saw that I’ve written and published three cozy mysteries in seven months. As someone who used to take a year (or three) to finish a novel, that feels really good! Best of all, I had plenty fun along the way.  While I’ll continue to use what I’ve learned, I’m ready to move my attention to topics beyond authorial velocity_._

And what have I learned by writing cozy mysteries quickly? Plenty. Here are my top six takeaways:

  1. Planning my story out in advance helps me write more quickly. But there’s a catch. I need to let my outline evolve – the story surprises me as I go – and that’s good!  A tight outline is too paint-by-numbers and a lack of an outline leaves me flailing.

  2. Working like a banker is ideal, because creativity thrives under conditions of routine.

  3. Some aspects of my editing needed less attention (over-edited prose is unflavored tofu) and some areas needed more attention (proofreading is haaaard).

  4. At each stage in the writing process, I should write as if I’m producing a final draft. No shitty first drafts! And no leaving a mess to clean up later. This mindset doesn’t eliminate the need for editing, but this whole “write trash and don’t worry about it until editing” ethic writers are encouraged to adopt is pretty damaging, IMO. Do your best work each time, and it will still need some improvement. But the flip side of editing is that I need to set a deadline and stick to it! That’s my counter-measure against getting stuck. Without a reasonable deadline, I’ll fiddle with my current story until the end of time and publish nothing.

  5. I’m physically capable of writing a novel in 12 days. But working at that speed isn’t sustainable if I want to have a working brain at the end of the day. Everyone’s different, but my productivity sweet spot is somewhere around 3000 words of fiction per day, 5-6 days per week. And if I were writing part-time, I’d keep the 5-6 days per week part and drop my daily word count way down. Consistency is king. Writing works best when we “get into the groove” and it takes time to shovel that groove out and maintain it.

  6. It helps to have a touch of that classic artistic arrogance if you’re going to make art. I’m not talking about being a jerk. But there will always be people who disagree with your choices, and your job isn’t to appease backseat writers. ☺️ Art involves choices, choices are what make a work unique, and tastes differ widely. As I get stronger in my own voice and perspective, I react to feedback differently. I used to think “Oh no! They hate it! I’m screwing up!” and now I ask myself “Are they pointing out a problem with my writing, or do they wish I’d written a different story with different characters?” It takes practice to discern that difference.

Not too bad for seven months of experimentation, eh?

What’s Next?

MOAR books of course! Now that I’ve set a sane-but-swift writing pace, I want to maintain it. As planned, I’m going to swing over to work on my Emerald City Spies series next. My overarching goal is to wrap up all my series-in-progress, and after three cute-and-fun cozies in a row I’m in the mood to hang out with my devious business bitches for a while. 😜 I have a couple more cruise cozies to develop, and I’m also doing prep-work for a Kat Voyzey PI novel.


PS: My next cozy mystery is out in one week on May 15th.

Pre-order The Case of the Floating Funeral 

The Cozy Experiment: Part Four

Greetings from the land of bookish beginnings! At the moment, I’m 14,000 words into the first draft of my next cozy mystery, The Case of the Floating Funeral, and things are ticking along nicely so far. It’s time for an update on my Cozy Experiment, in which I’m trying to have more fun, write more books, and publish more frequently.

Tip: you can find my past posts here , here , and here .

For my first two cozy books, I focused on productivity. I’ve been asking: How do I write a first draft in a month? And how do I go through the editorial and publishing steps more quickly? Now, I’m focused on process & craft.

Here are some notes on how that’s going:

Painting and Banking

Writing six books in a year when you’re used to writing one is a big jump! I’ve gotten organized by spending more time up front figuring out what my book is about before I start writing it. I write the blurb that goes on the back of the book first, then I make a beat sheet and start getting to know my characters, and I even start working on the cover. I’ve got all that stuff down before I start writing.

Does the book diverge from my plans? Do characters grow beyond what I expected? Absolutely! And that’s fun. But all my prep work has left me feeling like a house painter. I put up scaffolding, check colors against the light, and mask off all the trim before cracking open that first can of semi-gloss. Careful preparation makes the writing process go more smoothly, and smooth is a very good thing when you’re trying to write six books in a year

To switch metaphors, I’m also getting organized by working like a banker. I’m talking about waking up at the same time every day, drinking the same coffee, sitting in the same chair, and working for a predictable number of hours. As a lifelong night owl who prefers to dance to her own drumbeat, this isn’t how I saw things going for me! But I can’t deny the results I’m getting. The more predictable my butt-in-chair time becomes, the more work I get done.

My biggest relief? None of these things makes the work any less creative, or any less fun. It’s all just scaffolding.

My takeaway: Creativity thrives under conditions of routine.

Writing Fat & Breaking Rules

I’m also learning how to reduce rework. Here are a couple examples:

I’m trying to write fat. My tendency is to write a first draft that’s skimpy on sensory details and then go back and add in those pieces in the second draft. Mysteries are tricky, structurally, and in the first draft I’m trying to keep the damn story straight. But I’ve found that writing a thin first draft means that the second draft takes weeks of work. Also, it’s awkward to shoehorn in the details later; they sound far more natural when I handle them in the moment. So that’s an improvement I’m making: Switching from thin first drafts to fat ones.

Also, I’m doing more editing as I go. Writers are told that they shouldn’t edit as they go, so this goes contrary to the “rules.” But I’m not talking about endless cycles of rewriting. I’m talking about finishing a few chapters, then taking 30 minutes to read them out loud, checking that the rhythm sounds good. A cursory style and grammar check takes only a few minutes, and it leaves my first draft in good shape.

What do all these process improvements add up to? Cleaner and better first drafts that don’t require a butt-ton of editing. Yay!

My takeaway: Writing clean first drafts is a time saver.

Craft Work

When you spend multiple months with your nose pressed up to your own writing, it’s natural that you’ll notice some of the weaknesses in your own work. One of my weaknesses is the stiffness in my third-person POV. To summarize, there’s a big difference between me writing “Ellie saw…” or “Ellie thought…” and simply dropping behind Ellie’s eyes and describing what’s happening from her unique viewpoint. Most beginning writers (me included) start with first person POV because there’s an easier intimacy with the character. Now that I’m writing third-person, I need to recapture that closeness with a slightly different camera.

Right here is a big advantage of writing more quickly! Now that I’ve got the basics of “write faster, publish faster” down, I can pick a skill to strengthen for each book. Thus I hope to “level up” with every story I write.

My takeaway: Writing quickly gives you more chances to level up.

The Lightbulb vs. The Wardrobe

February marks my fourth consecutive month of the cozy experiment. And I’m loving the writing life. It’s so different than the work I’ve done before.

In all my other jobs, I’ve felt responsible for maintaining a certain level of… outward energy. It was as if my feet were attached to invisible pedals, and I had to pedal furiously to keep a lightbulb lit. The lightbulb was my career! And this wasn’t a bad thing. I often enjoy doing difficult things, and keeping my lightbulb lit was a point of pride for many years. But I ended my days feeling wiped out.

In contrast, writing has a different feel. Those invisible pedals are gone, and there’s no lightbulb to be found. It’s more like… I climb through a wardrobe into Narnia six days per week, only it’s my version of Narnia. (So many murders!) And when I climb back out of the wardrobe at the end of the day, my energy isn’t gone. My batteries are still at 100% For a while, I thought this was a fluke, but maybe it’s the new normal?

Life is uncertain, blog buddies, and it’s always possible that I’ll need to return to the lightbulb life. And if that happens, I can certainly deal. But it’s been so strange and wonderful to be able to fully apply myself without feeling like the walking dead by Friday afternoon. And while I’d be a fool to expect this will last forever, because nothing does, I’ll grip the writing life with both hands and hold on for as long as I can.

Anyway, I’m due back in Murder-Narnia for my shift, so I gotta run. Thanks for following along with me while I figure things out.

The Cozy Experiment, Part Three

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying some holiday fun. Patrick and I have been embracing the holiday spirit with our traditional activities, which include eating too many cookies, assembling a new LEGO set or two, hanging out with family, and seeing the latest Star Wars movie. We also watched all the Futurama holiday episodes, AS IS TRADITIONAL. And we watched some of those super-corny Christmas movies. My favorite of the bunch was Netflix’s The Knight Before Christmas about a Knight who was thrown forward in time to fall in love with a modern woman. That’s some quality cheese, my friends.

Today’s post is a quick update on my Cozy Experiment, which I’ve written about here and here . If you’ve been following along you might remember that I have three cozy goals: Have More Fun, Write More Books, and Publish More Frequently. And to test my goals out I’m writing cozy mystery novels.

During my last update, I mentioned that I’d written the first draft of a novel in three weeks. It was fun, but it also wiped me out. In November I repeated that process but I did it more slowly and took the full month to write a first draft. That was still plenty fast, but I had actual days off and the process was much less stressful. With some practice behind me, I can say that my first two goals of Have more Fun and Write More Books seem quite achievable.

Publishing More Frequently

In December I decided to tackle that third goal: publishing more frequently. The first thing I did this month was set some scary deadlines. I went to the front page of my website and added a notice saying that I’d have new books out in December and January. Stating my deadlines publicly lit a fire under my butt for sure. And it forced me to divvy up my work schedule. I only had so many days for editing, and so many days for proofreading, and so on. Patrick started working on our template for the ebook early in the month and we hustled.

Our goal was to get The Case of the Missing Finger out on December 23rd, and we released it on the 19th. It’s been an educational month, and a good one, but not everything went smoothly.

Lessons Learned in November/December

  1. Having a deadline is great because it breaks me out of my perfectionist cycle. I could have easily spent months tweaking that story and worrying about it, but because I had a deadline, I was able to publish more quickly.

  2. It’s great that I want to stick to a release schedule, but I need to put some buffer in that schedule. I got sick this month, and I ended up working anyway because I hadn’t built in any leeway. And I was sick for ten days instead of three because I never got the rest I needed.

  3. My proofreading process wasn’t sufficient! I released The Case of the Missing Finger and the ebook had a bunch of errors in it. As you might imagine, I was very annoyed with myself for letting that happen! Back in the day, when I iterated on a manuscript for a year or longer, I was better able to pick up things like missing words and typos. But how do you fully proofread a book in three days, after you’ve been staring at that same book for a month? It’s tough, because the eye tends to skip right past errors when you’re familiar with those sentences. I’m talking about big glaring errors, like my character Violet becoming Violent.  So I spent two days listening to the book in audio, going word by word, listening for errors. It turns out my ears are better at proofreading than my eyes are! Patrick uploaded the fixed manuscript tonight and I breathed a big sigh of relief. Audio proofing will be my new process until I’ve got the cash to outsource proofreading entirely. It’s slow but it works. To the very kind reviewer who wrote a review of my book and who didn’t say YOUR TYPOS SUCK, LADY, you have my eternal gratitude. And big thanks to my internet friend M who sent me an email and politely pointed out that the manuscript was looking sloppy. We all need friends who will tell us when we’re walking around with our fly unzipped. 🙂

  4. Writing these cozies has shown me that I love the traditional cozy genre! For the new series I let myself lean into the sentimental and the slightly-silly, and it’s been enjoyable. I worried that I’d be irritated by the no-cussing restriction (something most cozy fans prefer) but it’s been no big deal. My previous mysteries were more amateur sleuth mysteries than true cozies, and cozy-cozies are pretty darn fun too.

  5. Also, working on multiple books in the same series at the same time is rather efficient. For example, I wrote the first two cruise cozies back to back before going back to edit them. That allowed me to edit book one with a greater knowledge of the characters and what’s coming next.

  6. Writing “to market” can be great if you enjoy the genre. Before writing my cruise ship mysteries, I read other cruise ship mysteries. I took a week or two to learn what readers like about those stories, and then I included some similar themes in my books. On the one hand, that sounds very calculating, doesn’t it? But doing market research hasn’t stopped me from making this series entirely my own. In fact, the idea for the mystery came to me long before I did my research for this series. The story is 100% mine, but a few of the tropes (Ellie being a single woman starting over, for example) were taken from my research. Old-me would have thought that “writing to market” made me a money-grubbing hack, but now I can see it’s all about understanding readers better and making a few tweaks to fit reader expectations.

Anyway, I might be too deep into the nerdy authorial weeds with this post, but I wanted to say that it’s been an interesting month and I’ve learned a lot.

Moving Forward

The Cozy Experiment continues! In January I’ll post about my goals for the upcoming year including what books I plan to write. (hint: Not just cozies) I’m expecting a fun and busy multi-book year with a lot of new releases. That’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time, so it’s exciting to put those plans into motion. Scary too.

Thanks for following my Cozy Experiment, blog buddies, and Merry Christmas. 🙂

The Cozy Experiment, Part Two

Hey there! It’s time for an update on my Cozy Experiment, which I wrote about here . Overall, I have three cozy goals: Have More Fun, Write More Books, and Publish More Frequently. And to test out new writing processes I decided to write a cozy mystery during the month of September.

Oops! A Miscalculation

I started writing in early September, and it was all ticking along nicely until I realized that I’d miscalculated. I knew that I’d be busy the first few weeks of October, but I’d forgotten that the last week of September was taken up with an impromptu family reunion for my father-in-law’s eighty fifth birthday.

My month of writing time had just become three weeks, and I was almost two weeks in. Yikes!

I should have thrown up my hands and finished the book in October. But like a crazy person I decided I’d haul ass and finish the book before the family reunion. I told P that I’d be “living inside the book” for the next week and I did exactly that.

Drafting a Cozy Mystery in Three Weeks

So my September went like this:

  • I spent one week (plus a few days) outlining the story and preparing to write.
  • Plus two weeks writing the first draft, finishing at 10:30pm the evening of my revised deadline.

All in all, I averaged 4,000 words per day across ten writing days. In actuality, though, my numbers started off low (1200/day) and built up higher, ending with a marathon 9000 word session on the last day.

So I met my goal! But as I’ll discuss below, it came with some ups and downs, and I won’t be repeating this craziness anytime soon.

What it was Like to Write Faster

Writing quickly was surprisingly fun! Because I spent so many continuous hours in “the zone,” the creative process felt immersive and put me in a daydream-like state that carried over from day to day. Emotionally, it was like living inside a movie.

To my surprise, writing quickly was in some ways easier than writing slowly.  It was easier to hold the entire story in my head, I didn’t feel like I was losing track of my story threads, and there was less angst about next steps.

Now for the bad news. Writing quickly was exhausting, especially for my hands. I didn’t handwrite this draft, but even then my hands ached after a few steady hours of typing. I survived by setting an hourly alarm to remind myself to get up, stretch, and shake out my hands. I also took mid-day walks to clear my head. Even then, I used up all my mental energy on my long writing days. I felt wiped, like I’d just run a brain marathon.

Admittedly, I got big confidence boost from this exercise. Writing a book in three weeks sounds impossible, and doing something I thought was impossible made me feel pretty spiffy. I may have strutted around the house for a few days.

But What About Quality?

The million dollar question is this: Is the story any good? I do harbor concerns that a book written quickly might be schlock, and I really don’t want to write schlock! But my hunch is that I did just fine. I’ll know more when I pick it back up for editing in a few weeks.

Speed may contribute to quality in a few ways, at least. Writing quickly made it easier for me to keep track of continuity as I went through the story. And because I was having a lot of fun, and the process didn’t feel sloggy, my hunch is that the fun-quotient will carry through to the reader. But this is an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes, right? I guess we’ll see.

My Thoughts Thus Far

In summary, my initial impression of “writing fast” is that it’s a lot more fun than I thought it would be (yay!), but it was also a huge energy drain (boo!) Would this method allow me to meet my three cozy goals of Have More Fun, Write More Books, and Publish More Frequently? Yes! But is drafting a novel in fifteen days something I can do repeatedly? Probably not.

Doing it once was a fun challenge, but doing it over and over would be too difficult.  The writing life will lose it’s luster if it costs me all my energy and my ability to enjoy my non-work life.

That’s why, for my next round of the cozy experiment, I’ll slow down and search for the sweet spot between speed and sustainability. I’ll do all my book prep in October, and then give myself the full month of November to write the draft. That’s still plenty fast, but not so fast I’ll burst into flames.

I’ll check back in December and let you know how that goes.

The Cozy Experiment, Part One

Well, it’s official. I’m cheating on Power Play with another manuscript. My indiscretion began innocently enough. I was outlining a new cozy mystery novel and I found myself tempted to jump in. And BOOM, 2.5 weeks later, I’m about halfway into the new story and zooming toward the exciting conclusion. At this pace I expect to finish the first draft by the end of the month. Wheee!

Today’s post is about how I’m changing up my writing process in order to release more books, more quickly. So feel free to skip it if you don’t care how the sausage is made.

Mmm… delicious murder-mystery sausage!

<strong>The Problem of Too Many Ideas</strong>

Have you ever seen that black-and-white clip from I Love Lucy where Lucille falls behind on the assembly line? Before long, she’s stuffing her mouth with chocolates from the conveyor belt to try and keep up appearances, but we know she’s out of her depth. Too much chocolate! Too much good stuff! Yikes.

That’s how I feel about my story ideas. I can’t keep up pace with the stories I want to tell, and I feel bogged down when the writing process goes on for too long. Boggy writing leads to boredom, and boredom is poison to the creative process.

Based on past experience, I figure I can comfortably work on a story for 3-5 months before I want to light the thing on fire, throw it into a dumpster, and push the dumpster off a cliff into the angry sea. Thus my aspiration is to become one of those fast writers I’ve read about.

In a perfect world, my writing process would look something like this:

  1. I have a fun idea!
  2. Quickly now… I’ll write it down.
  3. Done? Kewl. Time to proofread the story and boot it out into the world.
  4. NEXT! (snaps fingers)

Imagine me at my computer, writing, having fun, and then raising my fingers periodically in the air to snap them. NEXT! NEXT! NEXT!

Stephen King famously said a the writing process should last a season or so, and that feels about right to me. And it helps to stow my ego. My books aren’t intended to be masterpieces, like Michelangelo’s David.  Spending years or decades on a single book sounds like torture. Instead, I want my books to be like delicious muffins, fresh out of the oven. Tasty. Consumable. And available in packs of four, six, or twelve.

MOAR MUFFINS, I’ll shout, while my fingers form a blur on the keyboard. I DEMAND MOAR MUFFINS!

Quasi-Valid Reasons for Writing Slowly

My slower-than-preferred speed comes from good intentions, mostly. And I’m not ready to abandon my good intentions, because I see the wisdom in them.

Caring about Quality makes me want to hang onto my manuscript until it’s as perfect as I can possibly make it.

My desire for Personal Growth makes me take on ever-more challenging writing projects.

I fear workaholism and that thing known as “the grind.”

And my less-valid reason for slowing down is that I procrastinate. My favorite forms of procrastination are cleverly disguised as important activities. Reading business articles, writing blog posts, and so on. None of those things are inherently bad, but I do sometimes put them ahead of my work.

The Cozy Experiment

A few weeks ago, in light of my too-many-ideas problem, I some changes to my writing process. Here’s what I’m trying to do and accomplish:

Three Cozy Goals: Have More Fun, Write More Books, Publish More Frequently.

Four Helpful Rules:

  1. Write a “good enough” book and release it promptly. Obviously I’ll still edit and proof my work (I’m not a monster), but there’s a difference between responsible editing and obsessing over unreachable “perfection.”

  2. Spend 80% of my time writing within my comfort zone. Murder mysteries are fun, and they’re within my comfort zone. On the other hand, sprawling multi-POV espionage novels like Power Play are fun but much harder to write. My new notion: What if I allocated 80% of my time to writing what I can easily write, and about 20% of my time to more challenging projects?

  3. Set a reasonable number of work hours, then focus on having fun and being productive within those hours. For now, that looks like 5-6 hours a day, with at least one day off per week. And I’m not letting work torpedo important family stuff, so there are extra days off for things like visits to the parents, and vacations, and so on.

  4. Use fun/procrastination activities as a carrot. This blog post is a good example. I’ve been working on it for a few minutes every day, but I decided not to publish it until I hit the halfway mark on my manuscript. And that was oddly motivating. 🙂

And My Three Anti-Rules:

  1. Don’t track numbers other than a quick glance at “how many words I wrote today.”

  2. Don’t worry about story length, because the story will be as long as it needs to be.

  3. Don’t put too much emotional importance (ie: angst) on any one story, because I’m making muffins, right? MOAR MUFFINS!

Taking Action

To put these ideas into practice, I’m picking up one of my ideas for a cozy mystery series and running with it. And I tried to make it as easy on myself as possible. I spent three days building a super-basic outline of one paragraph per “story beat.” I also made some character sheets, with basic stuff like names, physical descriptions, family background, and so on. That way I don’t get bogged down thinking up names when I’m in the middle of writing.

My new mantra is “Don’t overthink it! Have fun and keep it loose.

Once the setup was done, I sat down for 4-6 hours each day to have my fun, and I watched in surprise as my word count stacked up pretty quickly. So far, so good! The story has diverged from the outline a few times, but that’s not a problem, it just means my characters are waking up and asserting themselves. That’s what I like to see.

This whole thing has been a shift in mindset, I suppose.  I’ve turned my fun/relax dial up, and my stress/control dial down. And while I’ve got more to figure out, so far the experiment is going well.

Introducing Ellie

Well, I’ve got a delicious story-muffin in the oven, so I’ve gotta run! But if you followed me this far, let me quickly introduce you to Ellie, my new heroine. She’s a 55 year-old retiree taking her first cruise, and she’s heading off on a bigger adventure than she could ever imagine. Murder. Intrigue. Exciting Ports of Call. Fruity Cocktails!

More to come!