Kerry Schafer

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Adventures in podcasting: The Queen of the Misfit Book

I really thought I would be nervous doing podcasts, but so far they've all been a lot of fun. Turns out I don't have any trouble finding things to talk about when it comes to books and writing! This one, with Blondie and the Brit, ended up feeling like I was having drinks around the table with a couple of old friends. We had a blast talking about writing, social media, misfit books, aliases, and what it's like trying to balance a day job with writing widely different genres under two different names. My other alternate identity of Uppington Smythe came up, and the whole thing was recorded from my pick up truck, since the only solution to my usual wacky wireless situation was to sit outside a coffee shop to steal their signal while shutting out chatter and traffic noise.

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What I'm Reading: A Banquet of Consequences

Yesterday could have been a fabulous writing day. I had time, opportunity, and a deadline. Generally this is all very motivating, but I was caught up in Elizabeth George's fabulous mystery and couldn't seem to wrench myself away.

George kind of went her own way with this book, genre-wise, and I love that.

This book does not begin with a dead body and a mystery. It begins by immersing the reader in the lives of all of the people involved. By the time the murder happened - sometime after page 100 - I was deeply immersed in the dark, complex psychology that ties the characters together. 

The combination of this depth of character development with a satisfyingly twisting mystery served to keep me turning pages late into the evening. 

There were, I will admit, a few flaws. I guessed the murderer sooner than I wanted to. But the beautiful writing and incredible character and world development made that just a small thing. Definitely a five star book for me.

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