Jessie: Enjoying the long lazy days of summer!
I am pleased as punch to welcome Daryl to the Wickeds blog today. We met for the first time several years ago at the Malice Domestic conference I attended as a new author. She was friendly and helpful and made me feel like a part of things and I appreciated it very much!
5 Questions During this Unexpected Time
Talk about unexpected!!
Who knew the little things we would appreciate during the unexpected corona virus shutdown? Until now, if you were anything like me, you didn’t live life day to day. You lived it a week at a time or even months ahead. You planned around work or kids or family. You made reservations for meals out, for trips to see family, or for vacations. You went to the grocery store any old time you felt like it. You went to the movies or religious services without fear.
Now? Wow! What a difference. So tell me…
During this unexpected time, are you feeling gobsmacked, as my friend from England would say? I am. Even though I’m a writer and I spend a lot of time alone—A LOT—I didn’t realize how much interaction I had with other people. For example, like with my friends with whom I play bridge or golf. Or my pals whom I meet for a glass of wine. And my hairdresser! I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the characters in my books. Luckily, I like most of them. Plus, they can be unpredictable and do the unexpected.
During this unexpected time, are you doing more baking or crafts? Are you making sourdough bread starter? I hear that’s the new trend. How about banana bread—which I think is getting a bad rap because I LOVE banana bread. Are you getting into jigsaw puzzles? I am. Busy hands keep me from thinking too many sobering thoughts.
During this unexpected time, are you reading more? I am. I’ve got one book on my kindle, a paper book to follow that, and an audio book for my walks with Sparky. Prior to this time, I was trying hard to find time to read. Writing all day made the idea of “reading” sound like a chore. But because of sheltering in place, I once again realize how much I love reading and need to read to fill my soul. So, I’ve carved out an hour after dinner each night to read. Loving it.
During this unexpected time, are you making “plans”? They are off the table for me for now. I was going to do a mini bookstore tour for A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, but I’m not quite ready to get on a plane. I’ll go where I can drive, so if you’re in the neighborhood, come and shake my hand from six feet away. I’ll be the one in the mask.
During this unexpected time, have you found the bright side of things? Here’s one to take to the bank. We can still adapt. I thought I was too old to learn new things, but I’m not. Also, I have realized the value of all our frontline workers who have helped our country get through this pandemic and will continue to help us. I say thank you a lot more than I used to. Thank you, thank you.
To conclude, we may not welcome the unexpected when it is truly not what we expected, but it is the challenge of facing the unexpected that makes us stronger and hopefully the best we can be. Wishing you all good reading. Good crafting. Loving relationships. Thank you all for just being you.
Readers, ave you found a bright side to things recently?
A SPRINKLING OF MURDER
Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into one’s life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she’s starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
AMAZON: amazon: http://bit.ly/Daryl_Wood_Gerber_page
Barnes andNoble: http://bit.ly/SprinklingofMurder_BN
Murder by the Books https://www.murderbooks.com/book/9781496726346
Mysterious Galaxy : https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781496726346
Kensington – https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/33116
Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. She hopes her new series, the Fairy Garden Mysteries, will be a magical new entry in the cozy mystery genre. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Daryl loves to cook, read, fairy garden . . . and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line. Check out her website for images of many of her fairy gardens. http://www.darylwoodgerber.com