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Sandra Parshall is the author of the Rachel Goddard Mysteries: The Heat of the Moon, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2006; Disturbing the Dead; Broken Places; Under the Dog Star; and Bleeding Through (Sept 2012). A former reporter on newspapers in her home state of South Carolina as well as West Virginia and Baltimore, MD, she now lives in the Washington, DC, area with her journalist husband and two cats.

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Sandra Parshall Hi, Jeanann,

I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading about Rachel. She is close to my heart and I've loved writing her story.

Right now I'm trying to finish…more
Hi, Jeanann,

I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading about Rachel. She is close to my heart and I've loved writing her story.

Right now I'm trying to finish a standalone suspense novel with a different protagonist (a wildlife photographer -- if you like Rachel, you'll like this character too). After that, we'll see what happens. Unfortunately, my writing ground to a halt late last summer when I had to have major emergency surgery for multiple broken bones in my hips and lower back. Recovery has been very slow and painful. I am back to writing a a bit at a time, though, and I hope I'll have some news on the new book in the next few months.

Thanks for your note. Hearing from someone who enjoys my books always makes my day!

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Sandra Parshall These days too many aspiring writers spend a lot of time worrying -- before they've even finished a book! -- about the ins and outs of finding an agen…moreThese days too many aspiring writers spend a lot of time worrying -- before they've even finished a book! -- about the ins and outs of finding an agent, and the question of whether to go traditional or indie. My advice is to put all that out of your mind and WRITE. Write the absolute best book you are capable of producing. Find a good critique group with insightful people whose opinions you trust and who will care more about helping you than crushing your ego. If you can afford an independent editor, hire one to give your book a professional edit. At the least, persuade someone you know who is good with grammar and punctuation to go through your manuscript. (Offer something in return -- dinner or lunch out, a delicious homemade cake of their choice if you're a talented baker.) Only when your manuscript is truly ready should you seek an agent or get involved in self-publishing. Remember that your first job is writing. So concentrate on writing. (less)
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What year is it?

Technological changes have come at breakneck speed in the past few years, and I think a lot of people are starting to forget that we weren’t always so dependent on our gadgets and devices.

I’ve been startled several times lately by reader complaints that my first Rachel Goddard novel, The Heat of the Moon, seems “dated” and, indeed, “weird” because Rachel doesn’t carry a cell phone and doesn’t use Read more of this blog post »
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Beth Hi Sandy,
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