Reading the Classics
I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read. I suppose it got irritating waiting for someone else to read to me, so when I was about four or five I started reading on my own.
I always read widely, and living in a house of readers there were always books around. That’s how at about twelve I ended up with an Agatha Christie book in my hand. My mom handed it to me, as Christie was her favorite author. I read all her books and consumed Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh mysteries, too, among others.
For a long time that’s all I did… read mysteries. I longed to write mysteries, but it seemed a colossal longshot to even dare to dream. It didn’t stop me from dreaming, though. I tried writing them first before computers, when longhand manuscripts were still accepted by publishers. I started with a rudimentary effort that I kind of wince over today.
But at least I started!
When I couldn’t break in with mysteries right away, I tried my hand at another sub-genre I fell in love with, Regency romances. And that’s when it happened; I got the phone call that changed my life. Kensington bought one Regency romance, and then another, and then more… I wrote as fast as I could, learning as I wrote about character and pacing and a million other things.
But I never forgot my first love, mystery, and kept trying. I could have given up, and believe me, it crossed my mind. There were a lot of rejections along the way, a lot of tough decisions, and many emotional ups and downs, but then, just two years ago in May of 2012 my first Vintage Kitchen Mystery, A Deadly Grind came out, published by Berkley, and I realized the dream of my life.
Every day I pinch myself; I’m so lucky! But I also realize that ‘luck’ came with hard work, persistence, a willingness to learn and relationships forged with excellent people: agents, editors, other writers and readers!
I know so many readers long to become writers. If that’s you, keep writing. Be willing to adapt. Be prepared to write more than one book that won’t get published. I have a stack of unpublished – and unpublishable – manuscripts in the reject pile. Learn from failure, because that’s what you really do learn from most.
But most of all… never give up. We readers could always use another good mystery!
Jaymie Leighton is excited and a little nervous about her current big venture, completely redoing the kitchen at Dumpe House—now the Queensville Historic Manor—in time for the December opening. But the house is mired in controversy, a challenge to the heritage society’s right to own it, and questions about the author hired to write a pamphlet detailing the Dumpe family history and that of the house.
None of Jaymie’s business, so she keeps her head down and her focus on the exact color right for the kitchen, and assembling all the accouterments, including a Hoosier cabinet! She’s also got lots to think about in her personal life with Daniel acting a little odd, and her friend Heidi dragging her in to the trouble between her and her fiancé, Jaymie’s former boyfriend Joel.
But a late night whack on the head with one of the antique mallets Jaymie has been cataloging for the society and a dreadful murder right on the house’s doorstep draws her once again into murder and mayhem. Jaymie faces her most cunning and dangerous opponent yet, but with Valetta by her side and the police chief’s approval, she must figure out whodunit before they do it again!
Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of No Mallets Intended to give away.
Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on December 13th
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.
Victoria Hamilton is the author of three nationally bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries as Victoria, and the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.
Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!
Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Merry Muffin Mysteries
11/03 Marie’s Cozy Corner- Review, Giveaway
11/03 Fresh Fiction- Guest Post
11/04 Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows- Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
11/10 Books-N-Kisses- Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
11/17 Mysteries and My Musings- Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
11/14 Cozy Mystery Book Reviews- Review, Interview, Giveaway
11/24 Lesa’s Book Critiques- Review, Giveaway
11/29 Lori’s Reading Corner- Guest Post, Giveaway