Sunday, April 14, 2024

Twenty Years and Still No Quit

What would make you quit writing? Age? Infirmity? Lack of what you consider success? Boredom? Something else?

Brenda starting off the week.

This is a timely question as my 25th book Fatal Harvest is released today. This also marks 20 years since my first published book. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I've thought about stopping on a few occasions. Then I give my head a shake.

I love writing. When I'm away from the keyboard for a while, I still can't wait to get back. Of course infirmity would cause me to stop writing, but until then, I'll carry on. As for lack of success, this has not always been my driving goal, rather my enjoyment of the process. I've never found writing to be boring, so this wouldn't factor in either.

If I ran out of ideas, this might have me stop ... until I come up with another idea.

So, in keeping with today's release, I'm delighted to share a little bit about Fatal Harvest, third in the Hunter and Tate mystery series. Here is the cover blurb:

Small Towns can be Murder

Eleven-year-old Matt Clark is staying in the outlying village of Ashton for the summer while his parents work out their separation. He’s been told to keep his head down and to stay off social media. Labour Day has come and gone, and Matt believes he’ll be home soon, completely unaware that someone has been posting his photo and location on one of the sites, and trouble is on its way.

Detective Liam Hunter gets the call — a double murder and a missing boy. While he spearheads the investigation, true crime podcaster Ella Tate undertakes her own search for the killer with mixed results. Meanwhile Homicide and Major Crimes is undergoing a major upheaval and the top position is up for grabs as Hunter’s partner struggles to keep her job.

The rainiest September in recent history proves a fitting backdrop for this haunting story of lies, betrayal, and deadly repercussions.

And a snippet from a review: 

If you’re looking for a mystery with intrigue, heart, a finely drawn setting and relatable characters finding their way through tragic circumstances, Fatal Harvest is for you. Brenda Chapman knows how to tell a story and is, quite frankly, one of the most readable Canadian mystery writers of our time. 

– Anthony Bidulka, author of Going to Beautiful, Crime Writers of Canada 2023 Best Crime Novel, and the Merry Bell trilogy (including 2024’s From Sweetgrass Bridge)

The first two books in this series are Bind Date and When Last Seen:  “… compelling characters, an interesting plot and a conclusion that one does not see coming.”– Glebe Report


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Dietrich Kalteis said...

Congratulations, Brenda. All the best with Fatal Harvest.

Brenda Chapman said...

Thanks so much Dietrich!