My Number One Fan


At the AJC-Decatur Book Festival with my friend George Murphy, who calls himself my own personal stalker. I first met him and his wife at Much Ado About Books in Jacksonville, Florida last year. He has first editions of all the books, and all the ARCs as well! … Read more

Home at Last


Dateline -- Atlanta Airport, September 2Sunday. Cherokee, North Carolina. The last stop on the Power Tour before I get to go home.After driving for three hours and getting a speeding ticket in rural North Carolina, I was hoping it would be worth it. … Read more

Speed Trap


Dateline -- Cherokee, NC, September 2Bad weather in Atlanta (or so they say) kept me and my fellow Delta passengers sitting for three hours in a plane on the tarmac waiting to take off. Arrived in Atlanta late, crashed, and was awakened by the phone ringing. A live radio interview: a major show in Louisville, Kentucky. They put me on hold for a few seconds, just enough time for me to race to the honor bar in my hotel room, grab a Diet Coke, and chug it. Enough caffeine to kick-start my brain, but the carbonation wasn’t good for my delivery. . . … Read more

In Praise of Independent Booksellers


Dateline -- Kansas City, August 30 … Read more

Good News in Kansas City


Dateline -- Kansas City, August 29Kansas City.Another city I’ve never visited before. My escort, Dick Brown, took me to have some K. C. barbecue for lunch, and on the way to the restaurant, my cell phone rang.It’s my editor, Keith Kahla. He rarely calls — we have an almost exclusively e-mail relationship. “Why do you think I’d be calling you on your cell phone while you’re on book tour on a Wednesday afternoon?” he began. … Read more

Let's hear it for the independents!


Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS -- no fairweather friend. … Read more

Rainy Day Friends


With Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren of Rainy Day Books, at Harrah's in North Kansas City. … Read more