Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kaye George Returns to Texas

The members of Austin Mystery Writers were clustered at their literary haunt in the BookPeople café on Thursday morning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of famed author and Grand Poobah emerita Kaye George. 

“Gosh,” I said to the group. “I hope she remembers the little people.”

I need not have worried. With all her usual charm and warmth, Kaye George appeared wearing a big fedora, carrying a giant magnifying glass, and blinding us with her dazzling smile.
We had missed Kaye George. Once a guiding beacon in AMW in Austin, she had moved to Waco, then Knoxville, Tennessee, too far away to attend the weekly critique group meetings.
However, that didn’t stop Kaye from being an active participant in AMW. She’s still a major player in the group, we’re glad to say.

Kaye George has been an inspiration to fellow writers. She fought hard to become a published author, always refusing to give up her dream of publication. Her organizational skills are truly amazing. She blogs, writes short stories and books, and participates in panel discussions and book tours. In fact, she’s on her way to the upcoming Killer Nashville conference. She is a force to be reckoned with (yes, ending with a preposition, but it sounds good).

Kaye's first novel, CHOKE, was published in 2011 and was nominated for an Agatha award for Best First Novel.  In 2012, she added the sequels SMOKE and BROKE to her new series, the Imogene Duckworthy humorous Texas mysteries.  In April 2013, EINE KLEINE MURDER (a Cressa Caraway Musical Mystery) was published by Barking Rain Press.  In June, her Neanderthal mystery thriller, DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE, was published by Untreed Reads.  Kaye hopes to have an audio version of CHOKE available this fall, as well as a boxed set of the Duckworthy mysteries.

Kaye has a three-book contract with Berkeley Prime Crime and is hard at work to complete her first finished Fat Cat cozy mystery by September 15. She will write this series using the nom de plume Janet Cantrell.

--Gale Albright

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