Bruce Robert Coffin here, feeling nostalgic as we head into 2018. From a literary standpoint, 2017 was another whirlwind year.
The months of January, February, and March were spent snow blowing and working on the manuscript for Byron #3, while editing the manuscript for Byron #2. And you thought I couldn’t juggle. Ha!
April found me in Bethesda, Maryland, attending my first Malice Domestic Conference and having an absolute blast. April also included a fabulous Maine Crime Wave conference in Portland, Maine.
May came with a trip to sunny Florida and 5,000 words written poolside. (FYI, it’s ten below zero as I sit inside my house writing this…)
June involved a trip to the Big Apple where I spent some time with my production and publicity team at HarperCollins. I managed to squeeze in a side trip to Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop, where I got to chat with the man himself. And since no visit to Otto’s store would be complete without a book purchase, I treated myself to a signed first edition of James Lee Burke’s second Dave Robicheaux novel, Heaven’s Prisoners.
Most of July was spent at local libraries as I worked hard on Byron #3, trying to get as much done as possible before the second novel launched.
August marked the successful release of the second Detective Byron Mystery, Beneath the Depths, and the joy of seeing both Byron novels occupying the top two spots on the Maine Sunday Telegram’s paperback fiction bestseller list.
Like August, the month of September brought with it an untold number of library and bookstore appearances, television, and radio guest spots.
In October I drove north to Toronto to attend my second Bouchercon. On the way I got a chance to see Niagara Falls for the first time.
November saw the release of my short story To-Do List in the newest Level Best Books Anthology, Snowbound. The month also included a trip to the New England Crime Bake, in Woburn, Massachusetts where I shared the stage with Dana Cameron, Julie Hennrikus, and Peter Abrahams.
December brought a return to winter, decorating the house, Christmas parties, and some quality time behind the snowblower. But most importantly, December meant the completion of the manuscript for Byron #3, tentatively titled Beyond the Truth.
I owe thanks to so many people for helping make 2017 a remarkable year. My writing friends for their continued advice and inspiration, my reading friends for their kind reviews and praise, and my social media friends for the guest blogs and for helping to spread the word. The local booksellers, some of whom have faithfully followed me to the many signings, for featuring my work and for treating me like family. My agent, Paula Munier, my editor, Nick Amphlett, and my fans for keeping me inspired, and my fingers to the keyboard. And finally, I owe the most thanks to my wife, Karen, for continuing to be my biggest fan, and for putting up with and believing in me.
Happy new year, everybody!