Travel and Writing

What a busy retirement! And this Fall and Winter have been busier than usual.

In October we came back from Oktoberfest in Europe, and my first book launched. Catastrophic Connections, the first in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series is available in paperback or e-book on The setting is the cozy Kansas City neighborhood of Brookside. The amateur sleuth finds danger and a murderer as she searches for her missing niece. The troublesome cat is helpful in the end. If you read it, please, please give it a review on the Amazon buy site. One sentence will do. CATastrophic Connections Revised Front Cover

In November we visited Arizona to see kids and grandkids and friends for Thanksgiving. I read and wrote and revised on that trip, on the plane and in the hotel room. It’s always fun to find new characters and settings for future stories and books when I travel. 20141127_131229 20141201_163915

In December, it was back to Wisconsin to visit (would you believe?) kids and grandkids. 20141227_174031 20140821_203804By this time I was into the revision of the second book in my Psycho Cat and the Landlady series, Furtive Investigation. In this book, the landlady must find out who murdered the person whose skeleton has been in one of her duplex’s attic for the past seven years. Guess who found the skeleton–that’s right, Psycho Cat. I worked on the revision during our drive up north in the big truck. Furtive Investigation is being edited now by my wonderful new editor, Darlene Deluca, who writes mainly romance novels. I hope to have it published later this spring.

In January, we took off for a winter getaway on a cruise with friends. It was a fantastic trip with lots of spectacular experiences such as my first Segway tour on St. Maarten, a hike to a rainforest waterfall in Puerto Rico, afternoons on beaches, and a zip through the jungle on the Adrenaline Zip Line in St. Lucia. Leisure time on the ship’s deck was perfect for continuing my manuscript revising. 20150109_140601 20150110_135052 20150112_14092720150116_122133  20150109_124129 I found the perfect tower to inspire a tantalizing mystery in the rainforest in Puerto Rico. Can’t you just visualize the pirates who hid their ill-gotten treasures in its secret chamber?

Another Arizona trip is planned for March. Hold on! I will be at the Sisters in Crime booth to show my mysteries at the Tucson Festival of the Book. Whew. Lots of work to be done between now and then to prepare. Another visit the grandchildren trip which will also be about books. BEST of both worlds.


About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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2 Responses to Travel and Writing

  1. sallyjadlow says:

    What fun! Great picks!


  2. Joyce Brown says:

    Thanks, Sally. Great to see you at Write Brain Trust


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