Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hello from a New Blogger at MMM

I'm so pleased to be posting here! If you don't know who I am, I'll do a little intro. I'm Kaye George. I started out in Los Angeles, but only lived there three months--don't remember it at all. I was raised in Moline, IL, and have lived all over the US since leaving Illinois. For now, I'm in Texas, near Waco, but it's a good bet I won't stay here forever. I used to paint a little and I'm also a musician, classical violin (not fiddle, to the eternal disappointment of my Texas neighbors).

For jobs, I've done waitressing, nurse's aide, bookkeeper, secretary, janitor, nanny, computer programmer, and maybe a couple I've forgotten.

I've been writing all my life, but have been doing mysteries for a little over ten years. My short stories started getting published in 2005. I ran around the house screaming at the top of my lungs when the first tale was accepted at Web Mystery Magazine. In fact, over the next few days, whenever I thought about it I started screaming again. At that point, I'd been writing and submitting for five years without publication results. What a great feeling that was!

Since then, I've had more short stories published, and some novels. My first mystery, CHOKE, was published by Mainly Murder Press. We parted company a year later and I've since published the second in the series, SMOKE, by myself. The third is planned for October.

There are a couple of other irons in the fire. Just this week, I accepted a publication offer from Barking Rain Press for a musical sleuth mystery AND submitted a cozy proposal through my agent (Kim Lionetti at BookEnds) to Berkley Prime Crime. Fingers crossed on that one. Listen for more screaming if that happens.

I'm serving as president of the Guppies chapter of Sisters in Crime until next June. This organization was my life saver when we moved out of Dallas and away from my SinC chapter and the Irving Symphony and my string quartet and…everything else.

OK, that's my writing life, sort of messy and scattered, much like the usual state of my office. (I figure being creative gives me license.) I hope to contribute with posts on writing topics in the future. For today, I'll say that I've done self and small press publishing, digital, audio, and print and would love to answer any questions about these from readers. If that's too general, I'll get more specific about what each one entails, compare and contrast, in future posts.

Thanks to the bloggers here for having me! There's lots of info at my webpage, and you can catch me a couple of other places blogging: and, which is a cross-genre place.


Lynn Cahoon said...

Hi - Kaye! I'm new to MMM as well. I'm living in Illinois, but work in Missouri - so I'm kind of familiar with Moline, but not.

I'm thinking about joining Sisters in Crime - but got conned into taking on Publicity Chair for my RWA chapter so I'm a bit over-committed right now.

Looking forward to learning more about you.

Kaye George said...

I'm glad you came by, Lynn! I think all Illinois towns that are on the Mississippi really straddle it and mate up with towns in Iowa and Missouri. Be careful you don't over commit! Sounds like you have your hands full.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hi, Kaye, I'm happy to find out more about you. I used to paint--but found I had to give up painting or writing, guess which one won?

Kaye George said...

I have visions of painting again some day, but for now I hang the ones I did on my office wall.

Earl Staggs said...

Welcome aboard, Kaye. Enjoyed your debut here and learning more about you. Classical violin? Really?

Patricia Gligor said...

I love the cover for "Choke." Sounds like a book for my TBR list!

Gloria Alden said...

Hi Kaye, I've just learned two new things about you. You're a classical muscian and you once painted. I love music - classical and folk - yes, with fiddle music. :-) I also painted for years and years, but had to give it up when I started writing and teaching.

Kaye George said...

This feels like a fun party. In fact, I expect the hors d'oeuvres to show up any minutes.

I just learned those things about you, too, Gloria!

Jean Henry Mead said...

Hi, Kaye. It's good to get to know you. Choke sounds like an interesting book.

Cindy Sample said...

Hi Kaye. I just made a batch of hors d'oeuvres for this party.

They were yummy:-) I loved learning more about you in this post. I hail from a farm in Woodstock, Illinois which is even cuter than all of the other Woodstocks. And yes, I'm biased.

For those who haven't read CHOKE, it's a very fun read!

Kaye George said...

Small world! Thanks for making the treats, Cindy. (I'm not spelling that again.) And thanks also for the kind words. Your books are still in my TBR pile, but they're in good company--there are LOTS of books there.

Patricia Stoltey said...

You've joined a mighty fine blogging group, Kaye. And good luck with that cozy proposal.

Morgan Mandel said...

Welcome aboard, Kaye. I'm getting tired just reading all that you're up to! You're an inspiration to all of us.

Keep at it!

Morgan Mandel

B.K. Stevens said...

Hi, Kaye--
Congratulations on joining the blog! I learned a few new things about you from your post. And it's always encouraging to read about someone who made the stories-to-novels transition.

Kaye George said...

I'm so glad you stopped by, Pat and Morgan and B.K.! I'll always love writing short stories. It's a lot less like work than writing novels.