Jessie: In New Hampshire where the backyard firepit is getting a lot of use!
I am delighted to announce that I’ve recently signed a contract to write books 7 & 8 of the Beryl and Edwina Mysteries!
I have loved the chance to develop the characters and storylines in this series over time. It seems like just yesterday that Beryl and Edwina swept full-blown into my imagination and out onto the page. The village of Walmsley Parva and its assorted inhabitants have delighted me with their antics over all this time. I have grown to love Beryl’s motorcar and Simpkins’s culinary concotions. Charles Jarvis has inspired me to try my hand at painting. Edwina has renewed my enthusiasm for gardening.
But I’ve also learned about growing characters and their relationships to each other with each book. I’ve tried my hand at revealing a bit of backstory for characters a nibble at a time so as to deepen them without slowing the story down. I’ve learned more about pigeons, coal mines, the census, anti-Irish sentiments, war wounds and the Women’s Land Army than I could have anticipated.
I’ve gotten the chance to visit the U.K., build relationships with readers near and far and to enjoy the thrill of my novels being turned into audiobooks. All in all it has been a wonderful experience. I have ideas galore for novels 7 & 8, which will release in 2023 and 2024 and I can hardly wait to see what happens next two my intrepid sleuthing duo. To celebrate the good news I have 3 ARCs of Murder in an English Glade to give away to a randomly chosen commenters!
Readers, do you have a favorite series? Tell us about it!