Thursday, September 30, 2010
Hilary Davidson - Guest Blogger
One of the questions that people have been asking about the book is what my sister thinks of it. The truth is that I don’t have a sister, though I do have two brothers who I used to think about trading in for a sister. One thing that I do have in common with Lily is that we share a day job — we’re both travel writers. Lily’s life is far more glamorous than mine: she lives in Spain and travels around the world constantly, writing about exotic places. I know travel writers who do that, but I’ve never been one of them. Oh, I’ve taken some truly incredible trips to places such as Peru, Easter Island, and Turkey, but most of my travel writing has been about my hometown, Toronto, and my adopted home, New York, which I moved to in 2001.
While THE DAMAGE DONE is my first novel, it’s not my first foray into fiction. I’ve been writing short stories for several years. Getting them published seemed like an agonizingly slow process, but it was incredibly valuable in terms of both playing with voice and style and narrative, and in terms of getting to know the mystery community.
Ironically, I didn’t know for a long time that there was such a community. Over the past couple of years, groups such as Sisters in Crime, MWA, and ITW — and social-networking sites like Twitter and Facebook — have connected me with mystery authors and readers, many of whom have become friends, even though we haven’t met in person. This spring, I realized how much I’ve come to count on them. A doctor removed a mole from my arm, and the biopsy found melanoma cells. Sharing that with friends all over the country — some on other continents — seemed strange, but the messages of support I got back helped me through an anxious time. After I had some minor surgery to see how far the cells had spread — the answer was, luckily, not far — some of my crime-writing friends created a flash-fiction challenge called “How Hilary Really Got That Scar.” The results — which portrayed me as everything from a serial killer to a hired gun — are some of the best get-well gifts I’ve ever received.
I’m going to be traveling extensively this fall to promote THE DAMAGE DONE. As I go from city to city, and to my first Bouchercon, I’m looking forward to meeting this amazing crime community that I’ve gotten to know online. That includes Lesa herself, whom I’ll be seeing when I visit Scottsdale. In the meantime, please come visit me at my website, my crime blog, or at my gluten-free travel blog.
My crime blog = http://blog.hilarydavidson.com/