A good woman

Here is a lovely post, Stand By Me: How we can help each other, by Pari Noskin Taichert over at Murderati. Pari is a published author (The Clovis Incident and The Belen Hitch). Pari, who I already know is an extremely nice woman, asks:

"How do I support my fellow authors, my friends in this industry? How can I encourage new authors/writers? How to do all of this while still plugging away at my own craft and the marketing thereof?"

She goes on to list ten (read them!) practical ways in which authors can help each other, ending:

"To me, it’s important to try to see beyond our own careers and to be positive citizens in our mystery community. If we do, we’ll strengthen our genre and create goodwill every step of the way.

Please, if you have other ideas about how we can support each other, post it here. We can all learn from your experience. I know I’m ready for more ideas."

What a generous post and what a wonderful person. Please read Pari’s posting, it is so —–heartwarming!

Anita Shreve challenge

Kimbofo at Reading Matters has issued an Anita Shreve challenge, which I am going to accept, as I have a couple of her books to read on my shelf. She has or is about to review the following books by AS; the challenge is to pick one, read it, and leave a comment under the relevant review.

Eden Close
Light on Snow
All He Ever Wanted
Sea Glass
Strange Fits of Passion
The Weight of Water
A Wedding in December (review forthcoming)

Some links to AS resources are also provided (seems like serious stuff compared with just reading a book!) On Saturday 1 July, Kimbofo will host an informal  discussion on AS. I hope to be there.