My first month as a published author…

After interviewing published authors for several years now, it’s very exciting to include myself on my own blog. My novel officially launched on April 15th with Camel Press.

The first two weeks after the launch have been a whirlwind. 
As a longtime playwright and writing instructor, I’ve spent years leading classes and workshops, from dialogue for fiction writers to story structure to voice. This last weekend I got to have my book available in the bookstore at a conference for the very first time. I can’t tell you how fabulous it was to see the pile get smaller and know that people I’d interacted with in my workshops were interested in my work.
I’m going to spend the month of May chronicling the adventures of a first time author. I’d love to answer any questions you might have as we go along – feel free to either leave them as a comment or email me at 
First up? Saturday May, 7th I’ll be in San Diego for my very first book signing at an actual bookstore. Can’t wait to join my fellow mystery writers to celebrate Mysterious Galaxy’s 23rd birthday with book signings and cake. Mmmmmm…. cake.
Looking forward to sharing this exciting time with all of you!

Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.