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DESERT DREAMS WRITERS CONFERENCE: Laurie will speak on the transition from “Journalist to Novelist” at the 2017 Desert Dreams conference on Thursday, June 1.

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Dead Air, book #2 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is done! It’s now in both e-book and print on Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadAir. In addition, the audio book for Fade Out is is also online at Amazon and Audible!

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Dead Air cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

In Dead Air, our young radio crime reporter, Lisa Powers, covers one of the biggest stories to hit Chandler and the Valley: the shooting of two police officers by a suspect who flees into the cornfields for a week before he’s captured, but not without Lisa’s involvement.

The cold case Lisa works on is a 15-year-old sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl, who is now 19. The young victim has not had any closure all this time, and Lisa is determined to help her find the rapist.

Lisa’s “podcast,” which she writes for fun at night after covering gritty crime stories during the day, is a “film noir” style story of a 1940s private eye and a dame. Only L. N. Pane, P.I. is the dame and the gentleman seeks help finding out why someone is out to kill him.

There are other stories Lisa covers in “Dead Air,” and as well as a new potential love interest for our heroine.

I had a great time narrating the audio book, and my talented son, Devon Hancock, who is seriously into audio production, did all the editing, mastering, uploading, etc. The “podcast” portion of the book has the bonus of professional actors, original music and sound effects. It will not be your “normal” audio book! Devon also created original music for me, came up with good additional sound effects and I’m so proud of the great work he did.

My oldest brother, also a musician in Norway, created the “Murder in the Air Mystery Theatre” theme music, and it’s appropriately spooky and mysterious. Who knows, this “podcast,” written by my radio sleuth, Lisa Powers, might find its way onto the airways in real time!

Meanwhile, I had a great time at Left Coast Crime, a popular annual mystery writing conference, held in Honolulu last month. I was part of a panel discussion of other novelists who also write for TV, film and stage, including Lee Goldberg. Then, I moderated a panel discussion on amateur female sleuths, and I presented a two-minute “pitch” for my debut crime fiction novel at the New Authors breakfast. It was great fun!

Coming up on June 1, I’ll be a guest speaker at Desert Dreams Writers Conference, about transitioning from a journalist to a novelist. It’s always packed full of great information for writers, and Friday keynote speaker is the amazing Diana Gabaldon. For registration info, visit www.DesertRoseRWA.org/DesertDreams.

As if life isn’t full enough, a stage production I wrote last year will be produced this May 18-21 by Arizona Women’s Theatre Company. It’s called “Boa Babes,” and is about five women who have been friends for more than 40 years. Through comedy, drama and music, it chronicles how they met, all the things they have in common, including theatre and cats, and will be a fun production. And to top it off, my friends and I will be performing in the production. It stars Sandy Vernon, Sherri Hildebrand, Mary Brown, Pam Cannedy and myself, as ourselves. Curtain times are 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at www.AZWTC.org

For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.

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Equalizer cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

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Fade Out cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

There’s additional information about my writing  on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagenI would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.

Make sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter so you stay informed about my speaking engagements, contests, and other details. Visit the “contact page” to sign up.

Fade Out is available at Chandler public librariesSibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott

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