Wednesday, October 15, 2014


So happy to share this beautiful cover for my upcoming novel.  LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit stores June 2, 2015.


On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory.  Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place.  At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future.  Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys.  That year, Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age.  Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers.  But then he looked into Juna's eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives.  Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served--or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started.  If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Monday, May 19, 2014

This Year's Edgar Awards

 A few pictures from this year's Edgar Awards Ceremony.  Though I didn't come home with a win this year, we had a wonder time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm thrilled to share that my second novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME (Dutton/Penguin), is among the six novels nominated for this year's BEST NOVEL award.  It's all the more exciting as some of my favorite authors are among the other nominees. 

I had a wonderful time when last I attended the Edgars, and I look forward to another terrific trip. 

From the 2012 Edgar Awards Ceremony - pictured here with Agent Jenny Bent and Editor Denise Roy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series

For those of you in the Tampa Bay area, The Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Conference will be hosting several public readings in the near future.  Here's a look at the line up...

All events are free and open to the public. They are held at Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College Campus at 8:00 each evening.  A wine and cheese reception precedes each reading from 7:30-8:00.

2014 Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series:

Saturday, January 18
Tim O'Brien with Q&A moderated by Dennis Lehane
Sunday, January 19
Dennis Lehane and Andre Dubus III
Monday, January 20
Jon Chopan and Les Standiford
Tuesday, January 21
Laura Williams McCaffrey and Peter Meinke
Wednesday, January 22*
Thursday, January 23
Lori Roy and Stewart O'Nan
Friday, January 24
Ann Hood and Sterling Watson
Saturday, January 25
Laura Lippman and Attica Locke

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Very excited to be part of WRITE YOUR HEART OUT TAMPA BAY, coming to Tampa Sunday, October 27. The day-long event will be led by Poynter Institute senior scholar (and darn fine guitalele player) Roy Peter Clark. The rest of the lineup includes Pulitzer prize-winning writers Daniel Ruth and Tom French, and award-winning Tampa Bay Times Journalists Kelley Benham and Jeff Klinkenberg. And…me.
The event will be held Sunday, October 27 9:30-4:30 in the  The Straz Center (Maestro’s, 2nd floor), 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602.  Details can be found here...

Roy Peter Clark is Poynter’s senior scholar and the author of Writing Tools: 50 Strategies for Every Writer, The Glamour of Grammar and Help! For Writers. His latest, How to Write Short, was published in August.

Daniel Ruth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. His journalism career spans four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic, and columnist and editorial writer.

Lori Roy was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Award for her debut novel, Bent Road. The book has been optioned for film. Her second novel, Until She Comes Home, was recently named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Tom French teaches writing at The Poynter Institute, Indiana University and at newsrooms and conferences around the world. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of three nonfiction books.

Kelley Benham is an award-winning writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Her most recent project, a three-part series about her daughter Juniper, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Jeff Klinkenberg writes about Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times. He is the best-selling author of four books, including Seasons of Real Florida and his latest, a collection of essays entitled Alligators in B-Flat.


Monday, August 26, 2013

On the air...

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mary Glenney on 88.5 out of Tampa.  She hosts a weekly program called FROM A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW.  We talked about my latest novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, Detroit and why we write about the past. 

You'll find a portion of that interview here.  (Slide forward to the 45 minute mark)