Is it possible winter is nearly over? It almost feels like… wait for it… no, ha ha! It’s Maine, come on. We’re not out of the woods, or rather the snow-ice-wind-sub-zero temperatures, yet.
But there’s hope, and with hope comes a whole bunch of great spring events that I want to let you know about.
My spring tour season starts out with the WZID Women’s Expo in Manchester, N.H. Right, I know it’s not technically spring on Saturday, March 11, but we can pretend, right? I’ll be at the Sisters in Crime New England table from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and would love to see some of my NH friends — as well as any others who are traveling through. Sisters in Crime is a fantastic organization that supports writers, both male and female, and I’ve benefited greatly from it.
Also as part of the organization’s 30th anniversary gala, I’ll be at Biddeford’s McArthur Library with my world-famous slide show at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, and at the Wiscasset Public Library Saturday, April 29, with a bunch of Maine mystery writers. More details on that one coming soon.
Speaking of bunches of writers, April also means it’s time for the awesome Maine Crime Wave! I’ll be on a panel of recently published writers talking about how we got there, part of this day-long fest of mystery and crime writing. It’s at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and a great, great day for both writers and readers. It kicks off the night before when Tess Gerritsen (yes! She lives in Maine!) is given the inaugural CrimeMaster Award.
A BIGGGG event on my calendar is the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library annual meeting on June 14 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where I’ll be the guest speaker. I was a newspaper reporter at the former Haverhill Gazette way back early in my journalism career and spent a lot of time at the library, so this is a really special kind of “homecoming” for me.
I love talking to readers about writing, books, Maine — anything you want to discuss. I’ll have books to sell and sign at all of these events (and the ones with other writers? They’ll have them, too). But if you just show up to say hi, that’s great, too.
And I’m really excited to be part of Short and Helpful Online Writer Workshops. My workshop, Backstory and Flashback, will be available in May and I urge all writers, aspiring and established, to check out this great program!
And if you can’t get enough of me, be sure to check out my podcast, Crime & Stuff, with my sister, artist Rebecca Milliken. What’s it about? Crime. And stuff. Of course. You can find out everything you need to know about it at crimeandstuffonline.com.
Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. Follow her on Facebook at Maureen Milliken mysteries, on Twitter at @mmilliken47, and check out her website, maureenmilliken.com for information, events and to sign up for email updates. Cold Hard News and No News is Bad News are available through S&H Publishing and all online outlets. Both books are also available in digital audio through Audible and iTunes. Listen to her and her sister, Rebecca, an artist, on their podcast Crime&Stuff.