I was particularly interested in Marilyn Levinson’s Moment because it’s the first to explicitly distinguish between making it in an e world and making it traditionally. Will there always be differences between these two? I don’t know the answer to that, but for sure there are now, and this Moment reveals some of what we can expect from each. Read on…and if you like a little mayhem with your seniors, check out Marilyn’s debut mystery!
I knew I’d made it as a mystery author in the New Age of Publishing when I sold two mysteries to two different epublishers only weeks after sending them my manuscripts. What a refreshing change after the months’ long wait I’ve experienced when dealing with traditional publishers. Best of all, Wings ePress is bringing out A MURDERER AMONG US in June, in both ebook and paperback.
No matter that I’m the author of several books for children, all published the traditional way. Suddenly I was thrust into the world of ebooks! I discovered that every step of the publishing process of my debut novel was to be conducted online. Thanks to the wonderful community of mystery writers–with special thanks to Pat Gulley–I learned the importance of getting the word out. Suddenly I was blogging, writing articles, sending my book out for reviews–all aspects of being an author that removed me from my Ivory Tower of Writing, at least temporarily. Oddly enough, the hardest part for me was obtaining my book’s copyright online. But even there my good friend and fellow writer, Bernardine Fagan, helped see me through it. As for getting the book ready for readers, I had a wonderful editor and, for the first time in my writing career, was offered the opportunity to work with a artist and tell her how I’d like my cover to look.
I’m delighted readers will get a chance to meet Lydia Krause, my sleuth in A MURDERER AMONG US. Lydia, a vibrant, attractive widow, moves to an upscale retirement community on Long Island, where she exposes a resident’s criminal past and sets off a series of homicides. Amid the murder and mayhem, Lydia deals with her grown daughters’ problems and creates a new life for herself.
Marilyn Levinson is a former Spanish teacher and the author of several books for children and young adults. RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK was selected by the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council for “Children’s Choices for 2002.” NO BOYS ALLOWED has been in print since 1993 and has sold over 200,000 copies.
A MURDERER AMONG US is her first published adult mystery. MURDER A LA CHRISTIE was a finalist in the 2010 Malice Domestic contest. She is a member of The Authors Guild, RWA, The Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and is president and co-founder the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Bernie, and their cat, Sammy.