Martin and I took a walk yesterday, to San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. There were over 30,000 thousand flags snapping in the brisk wind: one on each grave, others on the many flagpoles that dot this beautiful 29-acre park, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the way there, we talked about our projects. We are writers who work out of our home. Despite the proximity of our workplace, the actual act of what we do is a solitary endeavor. These walks are the way in which we catch up.
Like our walks, our conversations take winding paths. Because of our destination, our conversation turned to the soldiers we knew and our hopes and prayers for their safety. In fact, one’s mother is someone you know, too: Karin Tabke.
Karin is someone who both Martin and I love dearly. Whenever I bring her up, a big smile crosses his face. I mentioned to him how excited she was about her new series. He has always marveled at how prolific and creative she is. He appreciates her quick wit. Like most everyone who knows her, he is captivated by her joie de vie. Or as he so aptly put it: “Karin is a force of nature.”
That is putting it mildly.
Karin has many friends, from many walks of life. As you’d imagine, a large number of them are also authors. Karin has inspired so many of them to keep a at their craft that in 2007, she was awarded PRO Mentor of the Year by the Romance Writers of America.
In my humble opinion, she could win it every year.
I speak from experience. Our first novels came out the very same year. Since then, not a year has gone by that she hasn’t been there to rally behind me when I was excited about a project when a former agent or two wasn’t. To punch holes in a plot, so that I could mend it to be even stronger.
One such book is one I now call THE CANDIDATE, a political thriller which will be out in another ten days. When I told her the premise — of a presidential campaign manager who stumbles onto a terrorist plot — Karin was just as excited about it as me. She and Martin shared the role of the book’s first readers. I can honestly say it’s a page-turner because of some of her insights.
When another book caught an editor’s eye, THE CANDIDATE went on the backburner. I’m glad I pulled it, because I’ve enjoyed completing it. As you can imagine, it’s darker than the HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN series.
And as you can see by the cover, sex and power is the driving motive behind the suspense.
It comes out Wednesday, June 5, 2013. If you enjoy it, take a moment to add yourself to my eLetter, and I’ll be sure to send you a reminder the moment it comes out.
Here’s to taking the time to remember and honor those we hold near and dear in our hearts, no matter how far away they may be.