Gratitude and Attitude

News and Views from Alison R. Solomon
In my last email, I told you I'd been nominated for a Best of the Bay award. I'm thrilled to say I won: Best book by a local author published in the last 12 months! Thank you to those of you who voted for Timing Is Everything.
Novelists are often told that we should avoid making our political views known because we'll lose readers.  But, just like Taylor Swift, many of us know that we simply can't stay silent. I continue to be outraged by the current attitutude toward refugees and immigrants encourged by the USA government and also by many political parties globally. One of the strongest reactions I've had to Timing Is Everything is that readers say they had no idea what it feels like to be an immigrant and that they learned a lot from reading about Gordy's desperation when she fears deportation. Please don't let fear-mongering make you believe that refugees pose a threat to you or your country. In the 1940s it was my people, Jews, who were fleeing for their lives. Today it's people fleeing from South Sudan, Syria and Central America. Don't let history say that we turned our backs on people who just want to stay alive, make a living, and live in safety.
In Timing Is Everything, despite being a legal immigrant, Gordy knows that if the authorities think she committed a felony offense, she could be deported. Even though she believes she's innocent, she comes up with a desperate plan for herself, because desperate people do desperate things.
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In Case You Missed it...
I was so excited to be featured on the Sandra Moran radio show aired by Kansas City Community Radio Station, 90.1 KKFI ( For those who didn't know her, Sandra was a writer, teacher and amazing person who died way too young from a fast-spreading cancer. Thanks to show host, Elizabeth Andersen, you are getting early access to the podcast (which will be up on the website shortly.)
I had an amazing time at Bouchercon, a national conference for mystery writers and readers. I got to meet and learn from top authors like Karin Slaughter and Sara Paretsky and I also met some bestselling authors I wasn't familiar with. Because I've been writing, I haven't had time to read most of them, but one author who is delightful in person and who I would highly recommend is Laura McHugh (Arrowood and The Weight of Blood.) Other recent reads I've enjoyed: The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain and Lies She Told by Cate Holohan. As author Lisa Unger noted, women have really taken over the psychological thriller genre -- while men write books about heroes who save the world from destruction, women tend to write about heroines who save themselves and their families.
As always, I love hearing from readers. What do you think about all this? What have you read that you'd like to recommend to others? Just click "reply" to this email and drop me a line!
More Podcasts, YouTube and Interviews
Alison Reading First Chapter of Devoted
Interview with Dr. Briar Lee Mitchell
Alison Reading Third Chapter of Along Came the Rain

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