Concluding our Q&A with novelist Tasha Alexander, author of the historical mystery And Only to Deceive (William Morrow), named by Notre Dame Magazine as "Pick of the Week" for October 31, 2005. The novel, set in Victorian England, involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder. William Morrow has contracted her to write two more books about Lady Emily Ashton.
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For the writer promoting a new book, what do you consider the BEST thing he or she could do to promote it?
I’ve found that hiring a good independent publicist is invaluable.
Why would you recommend joining an author guild like Sisters in Crime?
As I mentioned [before], writing is solitary, and to meet other people doing it is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Mystery writers are a supportive group—and organizations like Sisters in Crime give you the chance to connect with other writers who are geographically close to you so you don’t have to remain alone behind your computer all the time.
Of all the fine author organizations available, what about Sisters in Crime do you feel sets it apart?
I can’t imagine that any other group could be more welcoming than Sisters in Crime! The local meetings are great and it’s nice to be part of a large national organization, too—you can connect with lots of people at SinC events at conferences.
What other writers groups are you a member of?
I belong to the Authors Guild and Backspace, which is an excellent online writers forum.
BONUS: The Munsters or The Addams Family?
Addams Family!!!!!! I wish Thing were here right now so that I wouldn’t have to crawl off the couch to get myself something to drink …
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Thanks so much to Tasha Alexander for her time this week. Find more interviews with her from RT Bookclub Magazine, Authorlink and The Tennessean.
Her mystery And Only to Deceive is available at Amazon and other fine booksellers. Read the first chapter online. Find Tasha online at www.TashaAlexander.com.
TASHA ALEXANDER, PT 1
TASHA ALEXANDER, PT 2
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LONNIE CRUSE (Murder In Metropolis)
THOMAS O'CALLAGHAN (Bone Thief)
ANNE RICE (Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt)