Wine, Perfume, and Possibilities

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Author photo by Andrew Amundsen

While Naming the Stars promotion (visits, signings, talks) is only beginning, can you see how relieved this author is  now that the book launch is over? It was well-attended and successful, thanks to the help of my publisher, my wonderful local bookstore, my local newspaper books editor, and my favorite nearby coffee cafe.

Yes, it takes a village to raise an author.

But you do start out in a little remote hut by yourself. That one idea that grew into a full-fledged novel that is now Naming the Stars is the culmination of many other pages and ideas not at all about this book. Random fits and starts litter my big hard drive folder labeled “Prose.” (There’s one for “Poetry” too.) Completed never published novels languish there. A lot of the work in my Prose folder will never see the light of day. But I frequently revisit documents not touched in years – at the moment one of my projects involves harvesting one chapter from an old novel and turning it into a short story.

irisThree to four unfinished novels have not been entirely abandoned. I keep thinking I will get back to them. I may not. Ever.

Two possible sequels to Naming the Stars are not found in the folder yet. I’m excited about an idea for the first sequel — an idea that formed while I was making the final preparations for the launch — preparations that involved a glass or two of white wine, and a spritz of Fragonard Iris perfume.

I’m at the idea stage, remembering what I wrote about while in San Francisco, striving hard to let my inner artist free. I’m rereading that post now, ready to set off on my next writing adventure. Undoubtedly this will require more wine and perfume, more dreaming and, as always, more writing.

 

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Newly Signed Author for Curiosity Quills Press

10538628_704776566242280_14451890461764092_nI am thrilled to announce that I have signed with Curiosity Quills Press, as announced in Publisher’s Marketplace on Monday, September 21.

Susan Koefod’s NAMING THE STARS, in which a teen girl comes home from swimming lessons one day to find she is absent from family photographs, her bedroom has turned into a linen closet, and all of her possessions have disappeared; more troubling, her family goes on as if she never existed; the only person in town who can actually see her is a teen boy with a troubled past and secrets he’s determined to keep, to Kathleen Kubasiak at Curiosity Quills Press for publication in Summer 2016 (world).

This was the book I began writing in San Francisco during my McKnight Artists Fellowship year. The idea came to me on the flight there—I’d originally planned to write another novel, and during my first days there, wrote parts of both, but NAMING THE STARS took over my imagination and my speedy fingers.

To now see it on its path to publication is amazing! This next year will be filled with much activity around my debut young adult novel. The team at Curiosity Quills is already proving to be phenomenal, so it’s going to be a great ride!

Don’t Take My Word for it: Experts Weigh In

Here’s the early feedback on Broken Down, my sequel to Washed Up, from a couple of wonderful and well known Minnesota mystery writers. Watch for Broken Down, due out this fall from North Star Press.

And while you’re waiting for Broken Down, check out Housewright’s and Kramer’s latest novels. They know a thing or two about writing sequels.

“Koefod fulfills the promise of her debut novel Washed Up with this fast, fresh and smart follow-up. Broken Down is the next step in what promises to be a first-rate series.”

— David Housewright
Edgar Award-winning author of Curse of the Jade Lily

“In Broken Down, Susan Koefod delivers a splendid sequel to Arvo Thorson’s adventures in life and law. This book oozes with originality regarding murder, plot and character.”

— Julie Kramer, best-selling author of Riley Spartz thrillers, including Minnesota Book Award winner Stalking Susan

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More Mystery! More Murder! More Arvo and Christine!

In a few days, I’ll post an update about the second book in the Arvo Thorson mystery series. Scheduled for a September release, the second book will feature the morose detective and the obsessive-compulsive, but always well dressed Christine Ivory chasing down another murderer. New characters will be introduced. Favorites will return.

For now I will leave you somewhere near the scene of the crime and keep you guessing.ImagePictured above is the no longer existing Rock Island Swing Bridge, the inspiration for the “Stone Island Swing Bridge” in Washed Up. It plays a major role in the second book. The picture below is the view down the hill from “Abatha’s” middle school (and the real grade school I attended). The road leads to the swing bridge, and passes by — on my — is that a strip joint? I believe it is the one and only King of Diamonds!

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More Mystery! More Murder! More Arvo and Christine!

In a few days, I’ll post an update about the second book in the Arvo Thorson mystery series. Scheduled for a September release, the second book will feature the morose detective and the obsessive-compulsive, but always well dressed Christine Ivory chasing down another murderer. New characters will be introduced. Favorites will return.  

For now I will leave you somewhere near the scene of the crime and keep you guessing.ImagePictured above is the no longer existing Rock Island Swing Bridge, the inspiration for the “Stone Island Swing Bridge” in Washed Up. It plays a major role in the second book. The picture below is the view down the hill from “Abatha’s” middle school (and the real grade school I attended). The road leads to the swing bridge, and passes by — on my — is that a strip joint? I believe it is the one and only King of Diamonds!

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