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Aug 11

This is my first blog post ever

WELCOME to my first blog post ever!!

I’m Kathy Aarons, author of Death is Like a Box of Chocolates, first in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series, by Berkley Prime Crime, which will be out on September 2, 2014.

I typed that very calmly, but in my head I’m thinking, “OUT ON SEPTEMBER SECOND! MY FIRST BOOK EVER!”

(Deep breaths.) It’s very exciting.

Since authors are supposed to have blogs, this one is mine, and this first posting will be all about me, which is my favorite thing to talk about besides my kids and my husband.

But back to me. I’ve been writing for a long time and once my oldest daughter went off to college, I decided to get serious about the whole publishing thing, and prove that I wasn’t writing just to avoid housekeeping. (But that was, and continues to be, the main reason.)

I signed on with the amazing Jessica Faust, super-agent with BookEnds LLC, and in about a minute, she got me a book deal with Berkley Prime Crime. She’s that good.

And then I had to learn how to write a book in a year. My first book, which is what convinced Jessica to sign me, took 17 years. I’m kidding. 10 years. Really, 7 years on and off. Mostly off. I was the queen of volunteering including: PTA president, education foundation fundraiser, youth theater costume chair, puppet making business assistant, basketball, swimming and soccer mom, room parent, and all around “crazy mom.”

Now that I have actual deadlines that I always, always meet (don’t show this to my editor), the only volunteering I do is helping with the Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the country. It’s a truly amazing day full of writing workshops by wonderful authors and other writing professionals and students who love writing so much they spend a whole Saturday inside. (Go ahead and Google it to see articles from previous years.)

Oh wait. I just joined the board of Playwrights Project, an awesome non-profit with the mission to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. A truly amazing organization. http://playwrightsproject.org/

Anyway, I did it! I finished Death is Like a Box of Chocolates in one year. My wonderful editor, Robin Barletta, helped to make it a heck of a lot better. I learned a ton about the publishing industry. I’ve been around a lot of published authors for years and thought I knew what to expect, but each milestone was thrilling. Signing a contract! Attending the Berkley dinner at the Malice conference and sitting across the table from THE Carolyn Hart! Seeing my cover art – OMG! Reading galleys – my book is so pretty!

Did I mention it’s coming out soon?

I’m not sure what else should be in a first blog post but here are a few things I LOVE:

My family. My friends. My critique group – the amazingly talented Barrie Summy and Kelly Hayes. Coffee. Chocolate. Theater. My Artist Way group, book club and mom’s night out group. Ssusan Forte O’Neill’s Yayas. The Walking Dead TV show. Any postings anywhere by Allie Brosh – she’s just genius. San Diego weather. Walking on the beach. RWA-San Diego – the most amazingly supportive group of (mostly) women! More coffee. Obviously, the word “amazing.”

I’m sure I’m missing way too many other things that I love, so I will add them in the comments.

Welcome!

Kathy Aarons

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  1. Jim H.

    Ms. Aarons, I preordered your book. I can’t wait to get it!

  2. Lee S.

    Chocolate (recipes) and murder! I’m in!

  3. Terrie Farley Moran

    This is all so exciting. Congratulations!! I cant wait to read Death is Like a Box of Chocolates.

  4. Barrie Summy

    Congratulations, Kathy! Cute website!

  5. Robin Coxon

    I’m so excited for you Kathy. Not only do you have the release of your first book in this series but also a new blog. You are one busy lady. I attended the launch party last night and had a blast. Unfortunately wasn’t lucky to have came away with a book or anything but it was still fun. Hope we can look forward to many more books in this series. Blessings.

  6. Michelle

    This is the first cozy I have seen with my name as a main character. I just ordered the book and I can not wait to read it. Thank you!

  7. Lynn S.

    Just finished Death is Like a Box of Chocolates!!! Oh.My.God. – in the words of Michelle Serrano. I loved it! Once I started, it was very hard to put down! Congratulations on an excellent read. For a first book – it was terrific, it grabbed me from the beginning and when I found out who was the murderer – OMG! Can hardly wait for the next one.

  8. Helen Crittenden

    I just finished Death is Like a Box of Chocolates! I really enjoyed it! When does your next book come out?

  9. Julie F

    I finished your book this week .. really enjoyed it, can’t wait for the next one!

  10. Sharon Snively

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book. Being a chocoholic, I always say anything goes with chocolate. But death? Hmmm, I will have to think about that one. :)

  11. Jerry L. Reesby

    Just love chocolate and new authors

  12. Charlene Schwieger

    LOL We crazy moms have to stick together! Congrats on the new book. It sounds delicious!

  13. Patricia Lawson

    I can’t wait to read this

  14. Tina Tzatzaris

    Two of my favorite things! Reading and chocolate.

  15. Karen Durban

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book and look forward to a long relationship!

  16. Barbara Garney

    Heaven: dark chocolate and mystery! What more could you ask for!

  17. Jamey Myers

    Mysteries AND chocolates! A perfect pairing!

  18. Donna Prew

    Going to read this ASAP. Chocolates and a good book were made to be together. Thank you!

  19. Donna

    I am reading your book now and I can’t put it down. I really need to get some sleep, but I want to read just one more chapter! I did stop to write this post, then I will read just one more…I look forward to the next book. I am loving your characters and the setting. Thank you for feeding my cozy habit!

  20. Rebecca G Nelson

    I am picking your book up tomorrow. Can’t wait to read it!! I look forward to the whole series!

  21. Ruth Lyons Mazur

    Dark chocolate and a good mystery ! Life doesn’t get much better

  22. Ginnie Schoepf

    Am reading the book now, and it’s great! I grew up in Maryland, and lived for several years near Riverdale itself. Looking forward to the next book. Ginnie Schoepf

  23. Carol Ann Turpin

    I just wanted to congratulate you on a great mystery, I was so intregued with the book I could not put it down, it kept me interested from the beginning to the end and I cannot wait to read the next instalment . Keep on writing and I will keep on buying. Thank you

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