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THE COOKIE EATING FIRE DOG about a dog who prefers eating cookies to helping the fire fighters. Inspired partly by the recent California fires and by a very naughty dog.

I thought this simply yet sweetly illustrated story was a blast and I commend it as a worthy read for young children. Ian W. – NetGalley review

The story is charming and readers will love Dan. ~ Readers’ Favorite



April 10th – OMG!! It’s finally here!! Book #2 in the Corrie Locke Mystery series – MURDER GONE MISSING!! Hooray!!

April 14th, 2pm – Culver City Public Library – Panel: I think I’d Like to Write a Book Someday, with Sheila Lowe, Connie DiMarco and Catherine Pelanero.

April 21st – CALM Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon, Santa Barbara, CA.

April 22nd – Los Angeles Times Book Festival, noon, Booth 367, Sisters in Crime Los Angeles at noon. And 1 pm, Booth 376, Mystery Writers of America – SoCal Chapter.

April 28th – Malice Domestic, Bethesda, Maryland, Murderous Wit Panel with authors Sparkle Abbey, Ginger Bolton, and Becky Clark, moderated by Paula Gail Benson.

May 8th, 6 pm – Chaucer’s Bookstore, Santa Barbara book signing.

May 12th – Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Birthday Bash, San Diego, CA.

May 16th – The Book Loft book signing in Solvang, CA.

May 19th – Writers in Action – Central Coast Sisters in Crime Writers’ Conference, Shell Beach, CA.

June 3rd – Goleta Valley Library – Using Your Own Life in Your Fiction: Ever wonder how real life inspires fiction? Book Panel with authors Nancy Cole Silverman, Sheila Lowe, and Tony Piazza.

June 9th – Book Carnival, Orange, CA with author Greg Harris at 2 pm.

June 10th – Noir at the Bar: Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA.

June 18th- New Book Panel, Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, 4-5 pm.

June 20th: Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference: Writing Through the Fear.

June 30th – Cambria Author Fair, 1-4:30 pm, Cambria Veterans Memorial Hall.

July 14th – Camarillo Library: Author Panel, Real Life vs Fiction

September 8th – Camarillo Public Library Author Fair, 11 – 3 pm.

November 10th – Murder at the Improv: Palos Verdes Library


Dru’s Book Musings – A Day in the Life of Corrie Locke

Mysteristas – Book Signing Prep (Especially for Newbies)

Writers Who Kill – Interview with the wonderful Grace Topping

Escape with Dollycas

My short story, “The Nut Job”, appears in

published by Level Best Books. Now available on Amazon.

Now appearing in the Santa Barbara LIBRARY BOOK anthology – my essay, “Simply Irresistible”

Panel Discussions/Book signings:


The San Francisco Writers’ Conference: February 16th-19th, Mark Hopkins Hotel
Panels: Spinning Goals into Gold (panelist), Parsing the Fine Print (moderator), How To Be Your Own Editor (moderator), Once Upon a Crime (panelist with Penny Warner, Janet Finsilver, and Ann Parker).

Ojai Valley Library, Saturday March 4th, 1 pm: Creating, Producing and Promoting Your Book author panel with co-panelists DJ Adamson, Susan Tuttle, and Barbara Hodges.

Mysterical-E online literary magazine – Interview with Barbara Hodges

El Segundo Library Author Fair – Sunday, June 11th, 11:30 – 12:30: The History of the Mystery author panel with co-panelists Brett Battles, Gar Anthony Haywood, Richard Lange, Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger, moderated by Eric Beetner.

Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference – Friday, June 23rd, 4 pm: Navigating the Amazon- Building Your Author Platform, with co-panelists Lisa Angle, Gail Kearns, Jason Matthews, and moderated by Marla Miller.

Burbank Public Library Author Fair: Saturday, October 21st, at the Buena Vista Branch.

Camarillo Public Library: Sunday, November 12th, 11-3 pm, at the second annual Author Fair.


Left Coast Crime – Phoenix, AZ: From Fan to Published Author, Breakfast With New Authors, Speed Dating/Meet the Authors

Goleta Valley Library: March 6th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm – “It’s a Mystery to Me” with Kate McGuinness, Nancy Cole Silverman and Diane Vallere

Los Angeles Festival of Books: Saturday, April 9th, 1-2 pm, Sisters in Crime booth 367

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Birthday Bash: May 7th, 10-11 am

Bank of Books, Ventura: Book signing – Saturday, May 14th, 11-1 pm

Zaca Mesa Winery, Los Olivos CA – May 29th 1-3, book signing With ten authors from the Sisters in Crime Central Coast Chapter

Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference – June 6th, 4-5 pm, First Book panel

Nipomo Library: The Good, The Bad and The Funny – Mystery authors’ panel on Saturday, June 11th, 3-4:30 pm with authors, DJ Adamson, Sue McGinty, and Baxter Clare Trautman

Casa Dumetz Winery, Los Alamos: Discussion of the Power of Persistence, July 15th 6-7 pm

Camarillo Library: It’s a Mystery to Me author panel, Saturday July 23rd, 3-4:30 pm with authors Gregory Harris, Sheila Lowe and Sybil Johnson

Santa Monica Library on Main Street: Murder Is Where You Find It author panel, Saturday, August 13th, 2-3 pm with authors: Alice Zogg, Janet Elizabeth Lynn, and Will Zellinger

Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th – Turning Your Novel into a Movie with author Anne Perry

Manhattan Beach Library: Monday, October 17th at 7 pm – Mystery Novels set in the South Bay of Los Angeles, with authors Sarah Chen, Jennifer Chow, and Sybil Johnson.

Author Booksigning at the Ripped Bodice Bookstore in Culver City – Sunday, October 23rd, 3 pm.

Author Fair at the Camarillo Library, Sunday November 13th, 11 am – 2 pm.


CrimeFictionFM with the indefatigable Stephen Campbell

– Skype interview with the incomparable Mr. Media, Bob Andelman

Authors Talk About It With Dr. Janelle and Dr. Rob Interview by renowned Boston criminal defense attorney, Joseph J. Balliro, Jr.

– On Geekitude with the supergeek, Joe Hogan!


– With Alicia Dean

– On Writers Who Kill

Dru’s Musings – Interview with Main Character, Corrie Locke

– With Mysteristas

Valley Journal

Santa Barbara Sentinel, page 11



Readers’ Favorite

The Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine, page 7


A Chick Who Reads