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Manic Monday – Letter from John Grisham

Dear Reader:

When I started writing A TIME TO KILL thirty-two years ago, I had no fantasies of producing a New York Times Bestseller.  I simply believed I had a good story to tell.  As it turns out, I could barely give the book away, and eventually resorted to selling most of the 5,000-copy print run out of the back of my car.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and I am pleased to report that my latest novel, THE WHISTLER, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!  What’s more, it’s also a #1 Indie Bestseller, which means that a lot of local bookstores took a chance, ordered up a bunch of copies of the book, and thankfully sold a bunch, too.

There are two constituents that deserve my thanks for this happy situation.

First: you, my readers.  You’ve stuck with me over the years.  I’ve thrown you a few curve balls, that’s for certain, straying from legal thrillers to write comic fiction, sports novels, nonfiction, and even short fiction.  Undaunted, you’ve returned again and again to read the stories I have to offer.  For that, I am grateful beyond my abilities to fully express.

Second: book retailers in all their forms, shapes and sizes.  Though they may not all look alike, they share one thing in common—every one of them is an unrepentant book lover.  They run businesses, for sure, but the fact that they chose the business of books makes them exceptional—and perhaps a little crazy!

So, while I am delighted and honored to see THE WHISTLER at #1, I am most grateful to my readers and to booksellers across the country who inspire me to keep telling good stories.

Warmest regards,

John Grisham

 

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#Mystery Thriller Week – Join the Movement

I’m delighted to have been invited to help plan the inaugural event launching February 12th through February 22nd, 2017. The consummate professionals I’ve come to know during this process have taught me the beauty of collaboration and teamwork. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Visit the Mystery Thriller Week site and get in on the early buzz. There’s no cost, and as you’ll see below, there’s something for everyone! Continue reading “#Mystery Thriller Week – Join the Movement”

Manic Monday – Ready for NaNoWriMo (Not!)

It’s that time of year again – National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. Time to air blow off the keys of your laptop, spin character arcs, plan the caffeine-intake calendar, and stock up on NoDoze. What crazy person would attempt to write 50,000 words in a month? Apparently, me and half a billion other writers who have steel running through their veins and scarecrow stuffing for brains. But unlike the Tin Man, we have heart. Lots of heart! Continue reading “Manic Monday – Ready for NaNoWriMo (Not!)”

MANIC MONDAY UN-NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS

 

The midnight drum solo filled my head with visions of homicide. Do you have a neighbor that is less than neighborly? Or, perish the thought, are you that neighbor? While sturdy fences … and all that jazz, a modicum of consideration may gain you a friend for life.  Check to see if you appear on our list of offenses Continue reading “MANIC MONDAY UN-NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS”

Manic Monday Idioms and Colloquialisms From My Grandpa

 

My grandpa was the idiom colloquial king.  In fact, he would tell you those are just $6 words for a wooden nickel girl. Little did he know, but his one-liners set the frame from which I would reference life’s little dramas time and again. If you need some Midwestern charm, and who doesn’t, feel free to borrow some sugar steeped in a splash of vinegar from my grandpa. These idioms and colloquialisms may get you out of (or into) an otherwise tight spot… Continue reading “Manic Monday Idioms and Colloquialisms From My Grandpa”

Sherrie’s Always Write Blog Reading Checklist for Next Week

Next week, Sherrie’s Always Write brings weekday humor and worldly insight to your inbox Monday – Friday. Each post provides a 3 to 5 minute commentary on topics ranging from the Colloquialisms in the Midwest to Drinking Holiday History. Don’t miss Freelance Friday How to Write the Blockbuster Novel: Edition Two – Theme.

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Manic Monday The Holidays Are Looming – Warning: Personal Photos Enclosed

 

Panic has entered my household as the busy holiday season looms upon us in the next quarter of 2016. Visions of wobbly ladders and unsteady boxes packed haphazardly in the ceiling dance in my head. The upcoming holidays bring: planning, checklists, credit cards bills, emergency trips to the mall, and hours of decoration. The amount Continue reading “Manic Monday The Holidays Are Looming – Warning: Personal Photos Enclosed”

Manic Monday Night Fantasy Football Food

 

‘Tis the season of Monday Night Fantasy Football. In corporate offices, teacher’s lounges, and dark corners of the internet around the globe, football fans are studying stats, injuries, and bench talent across the National Football League in the US. Teams are formed, players picked, and bets placed for a fantasy football team that will actually never play together. What asinine time waster could possibly top this brain cell killer? I would like to throw my hat in the ring, but I opt for Fantasy Football Food picks instead. At least at the end of the season when I lose with my lineup, I will have been well-fed and ready for the January 1st New Year’s Resolution Lie, which is as realistic as any Fantasy Football team I may pick this NFL season.

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Sherrie’s Always Write Blog Reading Checklist for Next Week

Next week, Sherrie’s Always Write brings weekday humor and worldly insight to your inbox Monday – Friday. Each post provides a 3 to 5 minute commentary on topics ranging from Fantasy Football foods that should be part of your starting lineup to a Toast for the Ages. Don’t miss our Freelance Friday 5 Reasons You Can’t Seem to Achieve Your Goals and “What Next” by guest blogger LemonsLemonade.

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