From Cozies to Noir. Here are a half-dozen mystery-writing friends whose work I adore. Try them. You’ll like them. It would be a crime not to.
Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.
Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.
Bouchercon was held in St. Petersburg, Florida this year. More than a thousand mystery/crime authors, bloggers, publishers, bloggers, readers and others who love the genre come together to rekindle friendships, make new contacts, conduct business, teach/learn the craft and celebrate the best in crime fiction and non-fiction.
It was my very first Bouchercon, and I had a blast. This conference is overwhelmingly immersive. I was pleased to participate in an event on the first day of the conference called Coats of Many Colors where authors were tasked with sharing a name or two of other authors who deserved more attention. I listed Stefani Deoul (On a Larp); Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow) and Penny Mickelbury (The Gianna Magglione/Mimi Patterson mystery series). Later that day, I was honored to be on a panel that discussed the tropes of the private investigator genre with five experienced practitioners of the craft.
On Saturday, I paired up with a DC area writer friend, John Copenhaver, to do the Author Speed Dating event. John and I gave our two-minute spiels to nearly 80 readers moving from table-to-table, while breakfast eaters munched on pastries and listened attentively. It was exhausting and exhilarating.
The 3-day conference was filled with panels, presentations, interviews of celebrity crime writers, book signings….
I met some amazing readers, librarians, and indie bookstore owners during my recent book tour for Wake Me When It’s Over. I had five events starting in Detroit; and then on to Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Wilder Branch Library of Detroit’s public library system invited me to chat with their book club. This vibrant group of women (and one man) were voracious and knowledgeable readers. Librarian, Annette Stocks and book club
coordinator, Alice Hudgins were superb hosts.
Then it was on to Pages Bookshop in northwest Detroit. It’s a beautiful, neighborhood bookstore managed with care by owner Susan Murphy. Susan had invited Detroit Author, RJ Fox to interview me. RJ has a superb book called Awaiting Identification.
At the Elmwood Park Branch Library, the book club asked specific questions about Book 1 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series, Bury Me When I’m Dead, and purchased book 2. The book club members were a committed, lively, friendly group.
In Lansing, at the Everybody Reads Books and Gift Shop (thank you Scott); I was joined by authors, David Pratt, Beth Burnett, and Marianne K. Martin.
In Ann Arbor, Keith (the owner of Common Language Bookshop) introduced our writers & music group-we called our event Queerly Michigan-and served wine!
My mother and my kid joined me for part of the book tour. It was good to be home!
I appreciate Scott Butki of Mystery People for this great interview. Thanks!
“Cheryl Head is a fresh voice whose mysteries include references to diversity and tolerance, in addition to humor and good plot twists. This is all on display in her new book, Wake Me When It’s Over, the second in her Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series..”
It’s been a while since I posted anything to the blog. I’ve been doing a whirlwind of interviews, planning for a book tour, and writing/editing.
I’ll be doing a reading, and a panel discussion at the OutWrite LGBTQ literary festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 4, 2018. But, last week I answered the Washington Blade’s QUEERY questions. Here’s a link to the online post.
And here’s the nice photo that accompanied the 20 Gay questions
Wow. It has been a wild season of change which has kept me away from my blog.
I’ve been crazy busy. Mostly dealing with life. The ups and downs of it. The personal things that can drain your energy, and monopolize your time and attention.
Not necessarily listed in order of importance, but just as the events present themselves in my mind right now:
I’m helping my brothers and sister to find an Assisted Living Facility for my 90-year old
Mom. She is feisty, and extroverted, and opinionated, and a force of life to be reckoned with. It is only in the last 3 months that she has decided she doesn’t want to live independently. We all love her, and want what’s best for her. She will stay with my sister and her family, for now. It is a good, short-term solution.
I live in a home in Washington, DC that was built in 1850. The city Historical Homeowner’s Office wants me to rehabilitate the front facade of my Capitol Hill row house to its original look.
It has been a one-year back-and-forth to apply and receive a grant to do this work which is now scheduled for this already disruptive summer.
I’ve had a change in my relationship status. That’s all I’ll say about that.
My ex-husband passed in May. He was a good man who helped everyone he could, whenever he could. He was full of jokes, laughter and fun. Our child, AJ, and I are still grieving his loss.
I had a new book released in late May. I have not had the time or space to be out and about with my latest Charlie Mack Motown Mystery, but she has received some positive reader reviews which I hope will continue. I’ll be out on the first phase of a book tour starting in July at the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) annual meeting in Vegas in July. I’m also happy to announce a mini-book reading/signing tour in Michigan in late August where I will appear at two Detroit Public Library branches for book club discussions, as well as a reading at Pages Bookshop in the Detroit neighborhood where I lived twenty-five years ago. I’m so excited to be promoting my book in the city that gave me my roots.
There will be more details on the Book Tour on my Events page. Please come out and see me if you can, and feel free to drop me a note, or comment, as the spirit moves you to do so.
What happens when Charlie Mack and her small team of private investigators are asked to stop a terrorist plot against the largest automobile show in the world?
There is the unraveling of a complex set of motives, the identification of the primary players, the murder of a team member, the clock ticking toward the cancellation of the show, and a final cat-and-mouse chase to find, and disarm, dozens of lethal bombs.
discounted eBook download available here (Bywater Books). Also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you purchase your books.
Check out the book trailer.
First Breath of Air
The Wail of Life
It’s A Book
By Cheryl A. Head
There’s still time for Black women writers to join us. Applications accepted via
@Submittable through 4/30. http://blacklesbianliterarycollective.org/retreat/
Sisters in Crime-Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Deadline 6/15/2018
Sisters in crime are accepting applications for their 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award—an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color! Deadline is 6/15/18. More details on their site: http://www.sistersincrime.org/etb
Golden Crown Literary Society-Bridge Builder Scholarship Deadline 6/1/2018
This scholarship, offered by the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is offered to a woman writer of color who shows talent and drive in creating lesbian literature. The writer should be interested in working on a full-length novel or a collection of short stories.*
The chosen recipient will receive:
1) one, full tuition to the class of 2019 GCLS writing academy; and
2) individual one-on-one mentoring with a well-established writer in the genre of lesbian fiction.
In return, the candidate will:
Create a brief (one page) monthly report on that month’s lessons, their own work in progress, or GCLS promotions within their community.
Attend online classes and participate in the assignments to the best of their ability.
The candidate must be willing to show how they can help promote and support lesbian literature in general, and the writing academy specifically within their own communities.
The candidate will submit a ten-page sample of their best work, along with an application by June 1, 2018. Candidates will be chosen by June 30th, 2018. Classes start in September of 2018, however, there will be a summer reading list assignment.