Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Welcome Back to WIP Wednesday

It's Wednesday, so here at Pagan Spirits it's WIP Wednesday. My guest authors and I will share a bit about our current works in progress (WIPs). If you're an author of any genre and would like to participate in the next WIP Wednesday, simply shoot an e-mail to erinoriordan (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

Erin O'Riordan: Some of what I've been working on this week: future blog posts. As we all know, we are less than one month away from the 10th anniversary of a tragic, tragic day in American history. I wanted to do something small, simple and thoughtful on Sept. 11, 2011. I decided to share my diary entry, uncensored, from that day ten years ago. It's not any kind of definitive record. It's one woman's limited observations from the safety of the Lake Michigan region.

On a much lighter note, I wrote another September blog post that's a throwback to the 1990s and a literary tribute to a male I would almost certainly throw into my harem if I could. He's not Christian Bale, but he is an immigrant from Europe, and he's been mentioned in this blog before. Picture a red uniform.

Marni Graff (M.K. Graff): Right now I'm revising THE GREEN REMAINS, set in Cumbria, and the followup to the first Nora Tierney mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN (Bridle Path Press, 2010). Nora is an American writer living in the UK who cleared her best friend of a murder charge when she was still living in Oxford. Now that she's moved to the Lake District to work on her children's book series, she finds herself proving her series illustrator couldn't possibly have poisoned a wealthy landowner, despite his studio being one of only two places the plant in question is found. Did I mention she's also 8 mos. preggers with her dead fiance's child? The book should be in print by early December in time for holiday shopping.

I also write a weekly book review blog, and am co-author with my writing group, Screw Iowa, of a book on our unique workshop method and critique method, WRITING IN A CHANGING WORLD.

Marni Graff (You can read about Screw Iowa here!)

Sally Carpenter: Sally Carpenter just published The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper, the first book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol mystery series. My WIP is the next series book.

Sandy Fairfax, a 38-year-old former ‘70s teen idol and star of the hit TV show, Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth, is now a recovering alcoholic, desperate for a comeback. As he restarts his career and makes amends with his estranged family, bodies turn up and Sandy finds himself living his boy detective persona for real.

In “The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” Sandy lands a guest role on the lowest-rated fall TV comedy, Off Kelter. When an actor drops dead at his feet, he starts deducing with the aid of a dwarf and Scruffy, an animal actor. And could romance be in the air?

Sally’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter and lives in Moorpark, Calif. Contact her at To order Beatlemaniac, go to

Photo of Cumbria by Mark Fosh; Creative Commons License


shah wharton said...

Hey - collect the award I gave you over at my blog today ;D X


Sheila Deeth said...

Fun to see what people are working on. I'm polishing and posting reviews and trying to get back to a dystopian novella that started with a kid in search of bread.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Shah, thanks for coming by once again, and thanks for the award! I'm glad you enjoy Pagan Spirits.

Sheila, I like the sound of that!