LEFT COAST CRIME “Honolulu Havoc” March 15-19: Laurie Fagen will moderate the “Amateur Female Sleuths: Tough & Terrific,” then, she be on a panel entitled “Media Madness: Writing for TV, radio & stage.”
DESERT DREAMS WRITERS CONFERENCE: Laurie will speak on the transition from “Journalist to Novelist” at the 2017 Desert Dreams conference on Thursday, June 1.
It’s going to be a busy next few months.
Dead Air, book #2 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is in the final formatting and proofing stages, and nearing publication. In addition, the audiobook for Fade Out is in the end stages of production, and will also be completed in first quarter of 2017.
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’m having a great time narrating the audio book, and just have a few more chapters to go. My talented son, Devon Hancock, who is seriously into audio production, just finished editing the podcast portion of the book, which has the bonus of professional actors, original music and sound effects. It will not be your “normal” audio book! He’s created original music for me, come up with good sound effects and is editing and mastering the entire audio book. 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’m thrilled to be speaking at Left Coast Crime, a popular annual mystery writing conference, held in Honolulu this March 15-19. I’ll be part of a panel discussion of other novelists who also write for TV, film and stage, including Lee Goldberg. Then, I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on amateur female sleuths. I also get to present a two-minute “pitch” for my debut crime fiction novel at the New Authors breakfast. It’s going to be fun, and I’m really looking forward to the conference, my first time with published books available. Info: www.leftcoastcrime.org/
Then, 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/
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. Put the dates on your calendar, and I’ll keep you posted about curtain times.
I will also be on track to start working on book #3.
For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.
There’s additional information about my writing on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagen. I would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.
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Fade Out is available at Chandler public libraries; Sibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott