The pandemic obliterated all in-person events that had been planned and eagerly anticipated for two whole years. Both The Ancient Dead and The Devil to Pay were released during the pandemic. Learning on the fly, they were launched via Zoom, allowing people to tune in from across the globe. They were fun, but Barbara certainly missed the chance to meet with her friends, family, and fans to share a chat and a laugh.
As with everyone else, these two years of forced isolation and worry have had impacts on writers in various ways. At times its been difficult to block out the distractions and concentrate well enough to be creative. At other times, being forced to keep only our own company has given us lots of time to work!
Virtual appearances have picked up some of the slack from cancelled events, and Barbara has presented at several Zoom book clubs and talks, with others scheduled in the next few months. Thank you so much to readers for coming out to support writers during these bizarre times.
Recently she has been hard at work writing the fifth Amanda Doucette novel, set on Vancouver Island's spectacular west coast. Pandemic restrictions are playing havoc with her research, but she finally got out to the Pacific Rim for research in September 2021. The book, entitled Wreck Bay, should be released in early 2023.
Noir in the Bar Toronto
April 21 at 7 pm. Duke of Kent Pub, 2315 Yonge St., Toronto. The first in-person event! Barbara is excited to join five other crime writers to read from The Devil to Pay. Free event, books will be for sale.
April 27 virtual event. Barbara is honoured to be the featured author for Under the Covers, the fundraiser for Literacy Unlimited. She will be presenting her Rapid Reads series for emerging and reluctant readers (or anyone wanting a quick, entertaining page-turner). Details on their website.
Maple Leaf Mystery Conference
May 24 - 27. Virtual cross-Canada mystery conference bringing together authors and readers for interviews and panels on the many faces of Canadian crime. Barbara is moderating the Thrilling and Chilling panel of dark and hard-edged mysteries on May 27 at 4:30 EST. Details and registration here.