Thanks, Lucy and the rest of the fabulous Reds, for having me here today.
So when is a debut author not a debut author? How about when she has a couple of pen names, and the first book in each series releases in the same year? Maybe that makes me a double-debut. Or maybe it just makes me a little crazy. Crazy. Yeah, let’s go with that one, LOL!
My first book, written as Susannah Hardy, released in January. Feta Attraction is the first book of the Greek to Me Mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime. Book 2, Olive and Let Die, released November 3.
Meanwhile, the first book in my new Tangled Web series, Yarned and Dangerous, releases November 24 from Kensington. New publisher equals new pen name, hence the middle-aged miracle birth of Sadie Hartwell.
And this is no secret: my real name is Jane.
What this all means is that, aside from going from unpublished in 2014, to having three novels out in 2015 (which, not gonna lie, is a pretty awesome feeling), I’ve had to get very organized. It’s not easy to keep all those projects straight, not to mention the web presence and social media for two different names. And don’t get me started on the general confusion of going to conferences and sporting multiple names on my badges! Further complicating matters is the fact that I am also a freelance editor so not only my own stories, but other people’s as well, are running through my head all the time. And I keep the financial books for my husband’s business.
I will say that spreadsheets are my new best friend. As long as I keep them and my calendar up to date I know where—and whom—I’m supposed to be on any given day. And an old-fashioned, hand-written to-do list helps for other life tasks. Crossing off something as simple as “thaw chicken for tomorrow’s dinner” is terribly satisfying.
How do you all keep your personal and professional lives organized? I have a copy of your choice of Yarned and Dangerous or Olive and Let Die for a randomly chosen commenter. Ends at midnight on November 14. US and Canadian addresses only please.
Yarned and Dangerous: Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins. And when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…
Olive and Let Die: Between her soon-to-be ex-husband Spiro coming out of the closet and her budding romance with Captain Jack Conway, Georgie’s life is beginning to feel like a soap opera. And that’s before a surprise visit from her estranged mother Shirley, better known as soap star Melanie Ashley. But the dramatic family reunion takes a chilling turn when another long-lost relative turns up dead. Georgie begins to wonder if the dead-broke diva is capable of murder. She’d better find out before someone adds a new twist to the family plot.
Feta Attraction: goo.gl/M7DutM
Bio: Susannah Hardy/Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction, cooking, and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, office person, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with recipes and yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.