Hope everyone had a great holiday. I spent mine in Scranton, Pa. Maybe it’s true that you always return to the scene of the crime…The drive into town hasn’t changed a bit from my college days, although parts of the downtown are much improved. I was visiting my friend Anne’s family for the holiday. Her sister JoEllen has read DANU’S CHILDREN, and fortunately for me she really liked it. That’s made me brave enough to contact a couple of bookstores in the town to see if they want to stock the book. Maybe it won’t provoke lawsuits, after all…

Hey, considering what Stephen King did to his home town in SALEM’S LOT, I should have nothing to worry about. My fictional “Carbonville” is smaller and has quite a few differences. JoEllen loved that fact that I used the church sliding downhill from mine subsidence, because she could see I based it on something that happened in Scranton in the early 1900s.

Now I have the weekend to myself, and I’m trying to decide among various options, including holiday shopping, putting up my porch lights or finally finishing the latest chapter of ONE BLOOD that I really ought to read at my critique group this week. All fairly demanding…maybe I’ll just watch the “What Not to Wear” marathon on TLC instead!

About Eileen Watkins

Eileen F. Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. In 2017 she launched the Cat Groomer Mysteries, starting with THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE, from Kensington Books. The second book in this series, THE BENGAL IDENTITY, comes out in spring of 2018. Eileen previously published eight novels with Amber Quill Press, chiefly paranormal suspense, and most recently the Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries. The first of those, DARK MUSIC, received the David G. Sasher Award at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. The second, HEX, DEATH & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, was a Mystery finalist for the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards. Eileen is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She serves as publicist for Sisters in Crime Central Jersey and also for New Jersey’s annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. Eileen comes from a journalistic background, having written on art, architecture, interior design and home improvement for daily newspapers and major magazines. Besides these topics, her interests include the paranormal and spirituality as well as animal training and rescue. She is seldom without at least one cat in the house and frequently visits the nearest riding stable. Visit her web site at
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