I seem to be very busy all of a sudden. This is one of those weeks that creep up on you, and afterward you wonder how you managed to get through it. I’m about to start my second day of jury duty down at 60 Centre Street. Loooong day there yesterday, so we’ll see what happens today. Tonight I’m going to the annual Agents and Editors cocktail party given by the Mystery Writers of America. Tomorrow night is the Edgar Awards. And if I get out of jury duty in time, there’s another party tomorrow afternoon, another annual tradition, this one hosted by Dell Magazines. They’re the company behind Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, two publications to which I frequently submit short stories. Friday is dinner with my weekly Friday Night Club, and at some point I want to visit a friend in the hospital (one of the FNC members).
Meanwhile, I’m putting the final touches on A Penny for the Hangman, my new novel for Random House’s new Alibi line that will be published in October (I’ll have more on that process soon). And I’m writing a new novel. I just began it a couple of weeks ago, and I’m trying to work up the crucial momentum and rhythm for getting that underway. All of this is augmented by the time I’m stealing to immerse myself in the book I’m currently reading, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. (More on that later, too.)
And it’s only Wednesday.
I’m not complaining. We all have weeks like this, and most people have them a lot more frequently than I do. But it’s interesting how these sudden flurries of activity arrive, seemingly out of nowhere. “It never rains but it pours”–I finally understand that old saying. And I know why it’s an old saying in the first place. Because it’s absolutely true.
Look forward to the next book! Glad to see your dance card is so filled up! Come up to my neck of the woods for a coffee some time when you have a free hour! Thelma
Hello Mr. Savage (Tom ),
I’m so glad I found your blog just now as I went searching for info about you and your books. I’ve read Valentine, Inheritance, and I am now reading Scavenger, with Precipice waiting in the wings. I too, am a member of Mystery Writers Of America and having lived in South Florida for 22 years, have attended many Sleuthfests. I now live again in my native South Jersey and would love to meet you at a signing or reading some day in New York. Your novels are the best I’ve read in this genre: timing, characters, pov, and setting, everything. Long story short, I tear through them and am stunned at the end. I’m looking forward to Penny For The Hangman and will read your others. If you attend mystery conferences or events, please let us know where you will be and when. Once I find a writing inspiration, I’m a fan for life. Thanks for the stories. And the lack of sleep….
A faithful reader, Eileen G.
Thanks, Eileen G. I’m glad you like my books, and I wish you all the best with your writing.