On July 6, Georgia Author of the Year for Mystery/ Detective novels Linda Sands will be the guest speaker at the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime meeting. Linda is the award-winning author of four novels. Her latest novel, Grand Theft Cargo, is a wild ride from start to finish with a secretive highwayman, explosive house bombs, singing telegrams, flaming mice, secret cancer drugs, dead truckers, an agency that can’t be named, and enough crashes and car chases to remind you these road cowboys have no qualms crossing the zipper to walk the dog in the hammer lane. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Walton Sun, Skirt! Magazine, Dogplotz, Moronic Ox, a bunch of defunct lit mags and various anthologies. Other recent awards include two Killer Nashville Judge’s Choice Awards for Best Neo-noir and Best PI novel.
Linda will talk about how the procrastinators and/or over-committed among us (who doesn’t fit one of these categories) can actually manage to finish that darned book. She’ll talk about time management, organization, helpful hints, goals, and accountability. She’ll also offer advice on what NOT to do, allowing us to learn from her mistakes—from creating a literary magazine to attending every possible convention/conference/workshop/ signing/ meeting and joining about a bazillion writing related groups and sites. Bottom line? Doing too much can take away from what you should be doing: writing! The author will leave plenty of time for questions.
What did Linda do before becoming an author? “I have been a cocktail waitress in a French hotel, sold vegetables at a roadside stand, signed people up for a record club at the NYS Fair, walked the runway in NY, been the personal trainer to opera singers, the mannequin to a fashion designer, and held part-time positions as telephone operator, telemarketer, and fashion merchandiser. I've worked in finance, retail, dating services, health clubs, fitness magazines and restaurants. I've founded my own literary magazine and contest, and a writer's retreat. I like to say if I didn't hold that job, I probably dated someone who did.”
Linda now splits her writing time between the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Mountains of Georgia and the suburbs of Atlanta where she and her husband cheer on the competing colleges of their children.
The monthly Upstate SC Sisters in Crime meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C. Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Linda and enjoy chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. Linda’s talk will begin right after new and old business at 7 p.m. Both dinner and the meeting are open to the public.
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If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it.