Reader Email

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June 17th, 2019 Posted 7:57 am

Although the Chet and Bernie series is for adults, some kids are reading them. I sometimes read adult books when I was a kid. Let freedom ring!

Here’s the kind of reader feedback that any writer would treasure:

“Hi, my name is XXXX and I am 11, live in XXXXXX, and I have read all of your books on Chet and Bernie (and the short ebooks).

Unless you already have an idea, could I pitch some ideas for the 10th book in your series (if you are doing one)? One idea I had was for Bernie and Chet to go overseas to London to see the new job offer that Suzie gave him in Scents and Sensibility. (But your 9th book hasn’t come out yet so if there is something in that book that interrupts the plot of him checking out London, I’m sorry). In London there could be a missing kid case, in which one of Suzie’s friend’s kid goes missing. Another idea I had was for them to go to Wyoming for a missing kid case. Basically, as Chet would say, missing kids are our MO, which is why I am pitching these to you. Sorry if the first one seemed like the plot of Paw and Order.
Again these are just suggestions, thank you for reading!

Have a nice day!”

I certainly will!

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Beginnings

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June 16th, 2019 Posted 8:19 am

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of a Peter Abrahams book, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. (As a bonus, we get to write that strange word, moniker, once a week.) How about today we do the beginning of HEART OF BARKNESS, the new Chet and Bernie novel coming July 2?

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once.

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Song For Chet (More)

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June 15th, 2019 Posted 8:23 am

Without getting into spoiler territory, Song For Chet is sung in a scene in HEART OF BARKNESS. (Of course in the book there are just the lyrics.) Then, through a series of incidents I may get into on the tour, it became a real song with real music, musicians, singer, some of whom are quite well known.

You’re the kind that runs around,

Can’t stop to think till the ship has sailed,

Till the milk is spilled, till the safe is blown …

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Back to Our Younger Self (More)

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June 14th, 2019 Posted 7:21 am

The joy of writing for kids – excerpt from an email sent by 12-year-old reader:

I have read Woof, Arf, and Bow Wow, all of which I have re-read at least 10 times. The series is my absolute favorite! Every time I open A Birdie and Bowser novel, I feel like I am there. I am Birdie, with her handsome doggie, solving mysteries together. We are jumping off of bridges together, finding my father’s killer, or finding Snoozy and the mysterious Mr. Nice Guy. I feel this connection to Birdie when I read your books. She is a young Sherlock Holmes, and so am I. I always find out my Christmas and birthday presents before I open them! And although I’ve never jumped off of a bridge, I have jumped a fence when I thought the police were after me for trespassing without knowing it. It was only a pick-up with an orange light on top (one of those over-sized load trucks)!

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