My journey with Peri and her friends

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Posted by Gayle on August 25, 2008

By mid-July, I had a severe case of the “antsies”. I kept working on other stories, writing my columns, but a little voice in the back of my head kept whining that it wanted to get started on edits for the book, wanted a release date, wanted something, dammit.

I sent an email to Karen, hoping to sound casual about “just checking in” and wondering “if there’s anything I can do to help” and a lot of smoke and mirrors that really just meant, “I need dates and action plans.”

Here’s what she sent as a reply:

How fast could you write a short story? 5000 words.

Huh? How was that even relevant to what I’d asked?

It wasn’t. Karen was putting together an anthology of stories about missing persons to profit the John Walsh Center for Missing and Exploited Children. So, no royalties/advance/$$ for this, but a chance to be charitable with my words, and to appear in a book with the likes of J.A. Konrath and Michele Scott. How could I resist?

I wrote a short story with my main character, Peri, back when she had her housecleaning business. It was a good way to introduce her, as well as to establish how she became a P.I.

Missing! will debut at Bouchercon, the mystery writer’s convention, to be held in Baltimore, MD, on October 9-12, 2008.

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