Well, I had some exciting Book Mail this week—and now I’m excited to share it with you!
It’s the proofs of the latest Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery: Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity! I like to work from both digital and hard copies, and with a couple assistants (human and feline). This is the very last stage in the production process, and consequently one of the most thrilling: it’s a real book!
The thrill has not worn off, even five books into the series. It’s still such a pleasure to leaf through a brand-new copy and see what the magnificent designers have wrought. This time, the spot illustration opening each chapter is this Mysterious Stump, and the chapter titles are drawn from Scottish clan mottos. And, of course, pithy epigraphs accompany each new chapter.
But that’s not all! The proofs were accompanied by a sneak peek of my very own: Advance Review Copies of the new book. They were quickly snatched up by eager household members, and I’ve already lost track of at least two copies. Ahem. (Everyone here has already read it, but it’s still different when it’s A Real Book!)
…But there was a teeny tiny cat-centric mishap, and Myrtle’s Fearless Feline Sidekick failed to show up for Picture Day. So the anxiously-awaited Portrait of Peony the Cat did not make it to the proofs (sob!). She has been tracked down, thank goodness, and I was able to grab a quick snapshot of her before she slipped off to be printed. You’ll have to wait for the Really Real Books to see all of her, though.
Peony, Myrtle, and friends old and new are coming your way—via Scotland!—October 24!