|BOOK GIVEAWAY! Alice will be giving away a copy of her one of her books (either print or Kindle version) to a lucky commenter during this blog tour.|
Award-winning author Alice Duncan lives with a herd of wild dachshunds (enriched from time to time with fosterees from New Mexico Dachshund Rescue) in Roswell, New Mexico. She's not a UFO enthusiast; she's in Roswell because her mother's family settled there fifty years before the aliens crashed. Alice no longer longs to return to California, although she still misses the food, not to mention her children, one of whom is there and the other of whom is in Nevada. Alice would love to hear from you at email@example.com. And be sure to visit her Web site at
Thanks for hosting (hostessing?) me on your blog today, Jinx!
You asked that those of us participating in this Mystery We Write Tour to tell folks a little about ourselves, our writing styles, and our books.
The first part of that equation is really easy. My life is totally boring, I’m old, arthritic, and my back hurts. Well . . . maybe it hasn’t always been thus. I spent the first part of my adult life rearing my two lovely daughters, Anni and Robin, in Pasadena, California. I was a single parent, so all I did was deal with kids, take them to child care, go to work, do my job, pick up my kids, go home, cook dinner, help with homework and read. Oh, yeah, and sleep. We never got goodies like child support or anything, so we didn’t live large.
After my kids grew up, and after my poor body began falling apart (which put the kibosh on an interesting, if perhaps a trifle out-in-left-field folk-dancing-and-singing career) I started doing the only thing I’d ever wanted to do, which was write books. Naturally, I still had a job, so I began sneaking bits and pieces of writing in between work tasks. I wrote a whole bunch of books that way. In 1993 or thereabouts, I took a “writing for publication” class at San Marino High School on Tuesday nights, where our delightful teacher, Meredith Brucker, taught us how to put together a book proposal (you know: cover letter, synopsis, first three chapters). So I did that, also in between tasks at work. I became quite skillful at flipping on my screen saver whenever anybody walked past my desk.
Anyhow, I tried to get an agent interested in my work, failed, decided to heck with it, and sent out seven proposals to seven different publishers. Then, on a Monday in January, 1994, an editor from Harper Collins called and asked if the book (ONE BRIGHT MORNING) was finished. I said yes, and she told me to send the complete manuscript. I remember the day well, because we had a huge earthquake that morning (the Northridge Quake, if anyone’s interested). My boss was in Boston, and when he called to check in, I told him that plaster was falling from the ceiling tiles and we kept having aftershocks. Mind you, that was true, but my purpose in talking up the quake was so he’d let me go home and I could get my manuscript printed out and on its way (Fed Ex, naturally) to Harper. He did, bless him. The editor called me on Friday of that very week and told me Harper wanted to buy my book. Squeee! I was so very happy. I believed I was on my way to a real, genuine, lucrative writing career.
But that’s okay. After Harper bought my book, I received six rejections on the same story (which, by God, won the HOLT Medallion for Best First Book) from the other publishers to which I sent it. I still enjoy writing. And I continue to write in snatches. Honestly, if I were given twenty-four hours to write something, I’d still write in a blind fury for forty-five minutes or so, and that would be it for the day. By that time the brain is drained.
As for my writing style, people tell me I write like I talk. Since we’re not chatting at the moment, I can’t exactly prove that, but I do currently three first-person historical cozy mystery series ongoing, so if you’re interested in how I talk, please feel free to read any of my books! By the way, I hadn’t planned to have three first-person historical cozy mystery series being published at the same time, but things in publishing have a way of working out oddly. Trust me on this.
Oh, and did I mention that I rescue dachshunds? Well, I do. There’s something rather like a wiener-magnet within me that attracts dachshunds. It’s a curse, and I can’t help it. I swear to heaven, I can be standing still, doing absolutely nothing, and somebody will thrust an orphaned dachshund into my arms. Fortunately for me, these days I’m associated with New Mexico Dachshund Rescue, so I don’t have to keep all of those dachshunds forever. We find lovely forever homes for the dogs who come into our foster care. Thank God, I might add.
Please check out my books! Here’s a short biography and links to the books published this year (one in each series. Sigh):
· PECOS VALLEY REVIVAL (featuring Annabelle Blue, and set in Roswell, NM, in 1923): http://tinyurl.com/3uafvqg
· FALLEN ANGELS (featuring Mercedes Louise Allcutt, and set in Los Angeles, CA, in 1926): http://tinyurl.com/3wh2a6t
· GENTEEL SPIRITS (featuring Daisy Gumm Majesty, and set in Pasadena, CA, in 1922): http://tinyurl.com/3ndzcff