Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Helping Writers Become Published

The Midwest Writers Workshop is coming soon to Muncie, Indiana and I'm extremely pumped because I'm one of the faculty members this year. So excited!

Link to MWW site

The link above will take you to the Workshop's website, which can explain the four-day event in more depth than I can here. I'll be teaching a full-day intensive workshop on Thursday, July 26th called "Writing the Cozy Mystery Novel," which will cover everything from plotting a mystery, to using setting to your best advantage, to creating characters readers love. 

Friday and Saturday I'll be teaching three breakout sessions:

*Writing Dialogue in Crime Fiction

*The Voices in Your Head: When to pay attention, when to ignore

*Danger, Will Robinson! Avoid Mistakes that could get your Manuscript Rejected

Along the way, I'll be critiquing manuscripts and participating in conference activities. There are so many wonderful choices and fabulous faculty. You really should visit think link - Midwest Writers Workshop - to read all about it.

If you're interested in attending, don't delay. I think there are still a few spots open, but I can't be sure. I know a few people who are planning to attend... How about you?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Milwaukee Public Radio and Morning Blend Interviews

Did I mention our recent trip to Milwaukee? The day after GRACE AMONG THIEVES debuted, Curt and I were up there, just a few hours north of home because I'd been invited to be interviewed on the MORNING BLEND television program and on WUWM, Milwaukee's Public Radio station (89.7).

If you're at all interested in listening/watching, here are the links:

The WUWM interview lasted about 13 minutes. Wow! I loved talking with Stephanie, the host, because she was absolutely well-versed about the Manor House books and had some great questions for me. Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy discussing the books with people who've already read them? That's just the best!!


And... the same morning we taped that interview, I appeared on The Morning Blend. What a blast! Here's the link for that segment:

Morning Blend Grace Among Thieves

I'm home now, trying to get a few things done around the house (Curt's on vacation this week) and next week I plan to catch up on my writing. It's been far too long since I've visited with Grace and Bennett. They're in serious trouble right now and I need to give them the opportunity to get out of it!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mug Winners!

Today I'll be contacting every reader who won a mug for writing reviews on Amazon/BN (reviews needed to be posted before noon yesterday). Thank you everyone!! You are the BEST!! I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and review GRACE AMONG THIEVES!!

Don't despair if you don't hear from me right away. Today's been a super exciting day because I just found out that I've been nominated for an Anthony Award! Woo-hoo!!! Winners will be chosen at Bouchercon in Cleveland, in October. I'm over the moon and answering so many wonderful congratulatory emails. So I may be a bit slow on the mug notifications!!

Keep the faith!

Julie (who is smiling like crazy today!)

Monday, June 04, 2012

I'm a Cozy Chick!

I have awesome news to share today! 
I am officially a COZY CHICK!!

Beginning this week, I'll be blogging every Thursday with my great friends:

Lorraine Bartlett/Lorna Barrett
Leann Sweeney
JB Stanley/Ellery Adams
Heather Webber
Deb Baker/Hannah Reed
Maggie Sefton
Kate Collins

I love these ladies and am absolutely delighted that they asked me to join their fabulous blog. Have you visited lately? Here's the link: The Cozy Chicks

There's something new to talk about every single day so don't miss a minute! And while you're there, check out the links, including the Cozy Chicks Kitchen Cookbook

My first post is this Thursday where I'll be talking about joining the blog and about my new book, Grace Among Thieves, which comes out..... drumroll, please....


If you're interested in picking up a copy, here are some handy links:

Barnes & Noble
Centuries & Sleuths
Mystery Lovers Bookshop 

Friday, June 01, 2012

And so it begins!

Book launch week starts with a bang!

I just found out that I'm featured on Jen's Book Thoughts this morning! She graciously invited me to participate in her Five on Friday feature and wow, was it fun! I hope you'll stop by!

This Sunday morning, June 3rd, I'll be a guest on Rick Kogan's The Sunday Papers on WGN radio to talk about GRACE AMONG THIEVES. I've been on Rick's show a couple of times and I have to say he's one of the most enthusiastic and informed interviewers I've ever encountered.

Author Bryan Gruley, whose newest, THE SKELETON BOX, comes out the same day Grace does (June 5th) will be part of the morning fun, too. I hope you'll tune in. Should be a blast.

We're scheduled to be on starting at about 8:00 (this is a change from what I posted earlier. Just received the update!). WGN broadcasts all over the place and here in the Chicago area it's 720 on the AM dial.

Later this week I'll have another appearance to share... plus Printers Row coming next weekend. Busy week! Nothing compared to the craziness Grace is about to face in Grace Among Thieves, but it will keep me hopping!