News From Kate Emerson
News for May 2015
5/7/15: I’m back home after Malice Domestic
and more or less caught up on sleep, so it’s past time for adding to the
news page. I had a wonderful time. A recap can be found at Maine
Crime Writers blog. I was there as both Kathy Lynn Emerson (historical
mysteries) and Kaitlyn Dunnett (the Liss MacCrimmon
series set in Moosetookalook, Maine) and as both writer and reader. I’m
as much a fan girl as anyone else there when it comes to meeting and talking to
writers whose work I admire. I’ve been fortunate over the years in that
some of them have also become friends.
In other Kathy news, the second of the Mistress
Jaffrey Mysteries is now in the hands of my new editor, Faith Black, who will
be sending me her notes shortly. Overlapping with that, I had sent in a couple
of ideas for a third entry in that series and had started working on a story in
which Rosamond goes undercover in prison to solve a murder. To tell you the
truth, it wasn’t going all that well. I’d already realized that I
needed to step back and do some serious research into a couple of aspects of
the plot before I could move ahead. Then serendipity struck. It seems my
publisher at Severn House would actually prefer to have me write the other
story I suggested first. It involves a trip to Cornwall (where Rosamond’s
birth mother lives with her husband) and—wait for it!—pirates. I think
it’s going to be fun to write. And—serendipity again—I just
happen to know someone who is an expert on all things to do with pirates.
As for Kaitlyn, the tenth entry in the Liss
MacCrimmon series, Kilt at the Highland
Games, is due September 1st. It has been “resting”
for a month or so, which means I can start the next revision any time. After
that, my beta reader will take a look, followed by at least one more revision
before it’s ready to go in to my editor. The key for me is always leaving
a loooong stretch in between revisions, so that I can
approach each one with enough perspective to spot what needs to be fixed.
May is going to be a busy month!
News for April 2015
This is the month when writers come out of their
caves and venture forth to gatherings of like-minded folk. First up for me (as
both Kathy Lynn Emerson and Kaitlyn Dunnett) is Maine Crime Wave on April 11, followed by Malice
Domestic at the end of the month. I’m a finalist (as Kathy) for the best
traditional mystery short story Agatha Award for my story "The Blessing
Witch" and will be on a panel with the other finalists on Saturday
morning, May 2.
Other than that, I am (as always) busy writing.
I’ve just finished the first (of many) revision of the tenth Liss
MacCrimmon Mystery (Kilt at the Highland
Games) w/a Kaitlyn Dunnett. That one won’t
be out until late 2016. Coming up in the fall of 2015 is the ninth in the
series, The Scottie Barked at Midnight.
As Kathy Lynn Emerson, I’ve turned in the second Mistress Jaffrey
Mystery. The working title was Murder in
the Mercery and it has been mentioned under that
title in several blogs and reviews, but it will be published as Murder at the Merchant’s Hall.
While waiting for my editor’s notes, I’m getting started on the
next in the series. For the foreseeable future, it will be known only as Rosamond #3, since I have yet to come up
with a title I like.
I’ve neglected the “What I’m
Reading” section of this news page for the last couple of months, so
here’s the latest there:
on my iPad in Kindle: Dana Cameron, Hellbender
in mass market paperback: Carola
Dunn, Requiem for a Mezzo
in trade paperback: Alison Weir, Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her
on audiocassettes in my car: Jayne Castle, Zinnia
News for March 2015
3/1/15: First off, Murder in
the Queen’s Wardrobe (written as Kathy Lynn Emerson) is now available
for your Kindle or Nook as well as in hardcover. Yea! And I’ll be
visiting at Dru's Book Musings
on March 3 to talk about a day in the life of Rosamond Jaffrey, my
sixteenth-century sleuth. Come by and comment and be entered in a drawing for a
hardcover copy of the book. By the way, since a frequent criticism of
historical novels in all genres is that the heroines are “too
modern” to be believable, I’ve written a blog at Maine
Crime Writers called “Women Could and Women Did” to back up
some of the choices I made.
In other news, the short
story nominees for this year’s Agatha award have launched a blog tour.
Links to read all five stories can be found at the Malice Domestic website. Just click
on “Awards” and scroll down to the short story category. As for the
blogs, here’s the schedule:
February 20 at Criminal Minds
March 6 at Wicked Cozy Authors
17 at Writers Who Kill
April 20 at The Stiletto Gang
There will also be another
April blog at Maine Crime Writers but I don’t have a firm date yet. Stay
News for February 2015—Agatha Award
2/1/15: Great news to start the month. Agatha award
finalists have been announced and my short story “The Blessing
Witch” (writing as Kathy Lynn Emerson) is among them. The Agatha awards
for traditional mysteries are presented every year at the Malice Domestic
convention in Bethesda, Maryland. I won one back in 2009 for my 2008 nonfiction
book, How to Write Killer Historical
Mysteries. “The Blessing Witch” is a story set in England in
1570 but it is not part of my Face Down series. The protagonists are Old Mother
Malyn, the title character, and her granddaughter and
apprentice, Joan. The story was published in a collection titled Rogue Wave (Best New England Crime Stories 2015, although it actually came out
in November of 2014) from Level Best Books. At some point between now and May,
there will be a link to read the story at the Malice Domestic website (MaliceDomestic.org)
and I’ll post that here when I have it.
News for January 2015
1/6/15: Happy New Year, everyone. I’ve spent
the last few days sorting stats from 2014 and getting things organized for
taxes. Now it’s time to start writing (as Kaitlyn Dunnett)
the next Liss MacCrimmon mystery, number ten in the series. I don’t talk
much about works in progress, but I will say that it starts with a startling
event involving a long-time resident of Moosetookalook, Maine. These first few
pages will be revised numerous times before I’m satisfied, since they
carry the burden of capturing reader interest. I can visualize what happens
perfectly. Finding exactly the right words to paint that same picture for
readers? That’s the tricky part.
In other news, Murder
in the Queen’s Wardrobe (w/a Kathy Lynn Emerson) will be out soon in
the U.S. Since I now have a few author copies of the UK edition, I’m
offering three of them as giveaways at Goodreads. You can enter to win at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/121317-murder-in-the-queen-s-wardrobe
The giveaway will run from January 12th until the 26th.
You will have to register with Goodreads in order to enter. While you’re
there, come on over and check out my Kathy Lynn Emerson page.
I had time over the holidays to do quite a bit of reading but now there
are four (count them, four) new books out today that are on my TBR pile. As of this date, here’s what
On my iPad in iBooks:
Sarah Graves’s Winter at the Door
(one of the new ones, by a fellow Maine Crime Writer)
On my iPad in Kindle: Marcia
Talley’s Dead Man Dancing
On audiocassettes in my car:
Dorothy Cannell’s How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law
And in the video department,
I’m still binge-watching Murdoch
Mysteries which is loosely based on Maureen Jennings’ excellent
series about a Toronto (Canada) police detective during the reign of Queen
Victoria. I’m nearly at the end of Season Six. Season Eight is the
current one, running here in Maine on the Ovation Channel as The Artful Detective.
News for December 2014
12/5/14: As you
know, I am no longer writing the “Secrets of the Tudor Court”
series as Kate Emerson, but for those of you who have enjoyed those novels I do
have a number of backlist titles that might be of interest. Since they are
historical novels, they do not become dated the way fiction written with a
contemporary setting tends to. First of all, there are the Face Down Mysteries
(prequel to the new Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson). There
are ten novels and one collection of short stories set in the Elizabethan era
and featuring Susanna, Lady Appleton, a gentlewoman who is an expert on
poisonous herbs. All the titles begin with the words Face Down. The short story
collection is titled Murders and Other
Confusions. If mystery novels aren’t your cup of tea, I also wrote
four historical romantic suspense novels that were published in paperback
format in the 1990s. They are set in the sixteenth and early seventeenth
century. They feature fictional characters and are not set at a royal court,
but they have other elements in common with my Kate Emerson novels. The titles
of the sixteenth-century books are Winter
Tapestry, Unquiet Hearts, and The Green Rose. Firebrand is set in Colonial America in the 1630s. The ebooks of all of these are available through the usual
outlets but I get a bigger share of the price if readers buy them using the
link below. Even if you buy elsewhere, you might want to visit this page to
look at the descriptions and read sample chapters.
News for November 2014
11/1/14: This isn’t really new, but it’s new to me. I was
browsing over at Amazon UK and came across the Spanish translation of the first
book in the “Secrets of the Tudor Court” series, The Pleasure Palace. For some reason,
the title has been changed to (translated) The
Tudor Spy, with a cover that I’m pretty sure doesn’t reflect
any scene I wrote. Just more proof that the author has no control over how a
novel is marketed. See for yourself.
News for October 2014
10/3/14: I don’t know what happened to the summer or to September.
Well, yes I do—I was busy writing. Now it’s October and my 8th
Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mystery will be in stores on the 28th.
Ho-Ho-Homicide is set in the present
on a Christmas tree farm in Maine. It is written under my other pseudonym,
Kaitlyn Dunnett. Click here for more information. I also blog twice a month about mystery
writing, Maine, and life in general.
I am not currently writing as Kate Emerson, but for those who enjoyed my
take on Tudor history, I have a considerable backlist of novels set in the
period, all of them written under my real name, Kathy Lynn Emerson, and the new
16th century mystery series will launch in the spring with Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe.
For more information, click one of the choices below.
here to buy autographed
hardcovers or paperbacks of out-of-print titles directly from me
here for a list of backlist titles available as ebooks (books by Kate and Kaitlyn are not included here but
here for a complete list of Kathy Lynn Emerson’s
books and short stories
and, of course, if you are interested in the Tudor era, take a look at my
A Who's Who
of Tudor Women
News for August 2014
8/1/14: July was a busy month and August is shaping up to be another. One
of the highlights was a group book signing at the Beyond the Sea Book Festival
in Lincolnville Beach, Maine. Here I am with fellow bloggers at Maine Crime Writers Dorothy Cannell and Kate Flora.
When not out and about, I’ve been working on the rough draft of the
second mystery writing as Kathy Lynn Emerson and featuring Rosamond Jaffrey, a
sixteenth-century gentlewoman who not only gets involved in solving mysteries
but also ends up entangled in espionage. Spies were pretty much everywhere in
England during that era. Everyone of any importance employed “intelligencers”
to keep them informed of what their rivals were up to. In Rosamond’s
case, the spy master is the man charged with stopping plots against the queen
(Elizabeth the First), Sir Francis Walsingham. That
said, my focus is on the usual things cozy mystery readers look for—a
puzzle to solve, interesting characters, and no gratuitous sex or violence. The
first book in the series, Murder in the
Queen’s Wardrobe, will be out in the U.K. in November and in the U.S.
in March 2015.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the cover.
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