This past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at the Barnes & Noble at Clearwater Crossing (Indianapolis). The panel was titled "The Future of the Mystery Novel," and was moderated by Jim Huang, owner of The Mystery Company Press/Crum Creek Press, and former owner of an independent mystery bookstore. Also on the panel were YA author Jeff Stone, and Kate Stine, editor of Mystery Scene magazine.
The panel was well attended (50 to 60 attendees), and the discussion was lively. The end result? Delivery systems are changing, and maybe how books themselves are written. That's not news to anyone who's in the business or loves to read. But in the end, I think the mystery novel, as well the other genres will endure.
Special thanks goes to the local MWA (Mystery Writers of America) chapter and the local SinC (Sisters in Crime) chapter for making this event possible.
The Badger's Revenge was released on April 5th. Signed copies are available at the Noblesville Barnes & Noble and Mudsock Books in Fishers, Indiana.
The Cougar's Prey, Number 4 in the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series is available for pre-order now, and will be released October 4, 2011.
My standalone, modern-day police procedural (mystery), The Devil's Bones, is tentatively scheduled for release in February, 2012.
Westward Weird (DAW), a steampunk paranormal western, and is available for pre-order now. Release date is February 7, 2012.
And "Shadow of the Crow" has been accepted for Beat To A Pulp, Round 2. The interesting thing about "Shadow of the Crow" is that it features Lyle Wolfe, Josiah Wolfe's son, in his last days as a Texas Ranger (like his father) chasing down Bonnie and Clyde in 1930s Texas. This continues my idea of a Wolfe family saga, started in my short story "The Promotion" with Red Wolfe, a current-day Texas Ranger, and head of the UCIT (Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team). I don't have the release dates for this anthology, but I will post the information here when I have it.
Finally, I have several articles in the upcoming encyclopedia, The Settlement of America: Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion from Jamestown to the Closing of the Frontier, available August 31, 2010, and published by M.E. Sharpe. This was an exciting project to work on, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it in its final form.
Thanks for stopping by, and I'll post another update next Tuesday.