Dare I Call It Murder?
July 9, 2014
New Titles on the Horizon
By the way, the authors of two books I edited also were honored by the SDBA in June:
Today marks the one-year anniversary of launching Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss. And what a fantastic year it's been. Not only getting the book out, but reconnecting with folks I haven't seen in so many years, and making new friends.
Thank you, again, for your support, encouragement and kind words, and for helping to make the book one of the top-rated and best-selling memoirs at Amazon.com.
I especially thank Janis, my dear spouse and partner in life, for her unwavering support.
However, the success of the book is bittersweet. I would have preferred to never have had to write it and about the devastation the deaths wreaked upon my family.
The rewarding element is that people are getting the message about violent loss and what happens to the survivors, the living victims. I get emails and cards from people who have had similar tragedies in their lives, thanking me for writing the book. It's nice to know that it is helping people in ways I never imagined. For that I am eternally grateful.
Milestones . . .
New Books on the Horizon
Many of you have asked, "What's next?" Two things:
1) I have edited and am publishing Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources by Connie Saindon (she wrote the Foreword to Dare I Call It Murder?). It will be formally released on September 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
This book provides information, resources, and strategies for learning to live with the aftermath of a homicide: safety issues, dealing with the criminal justice system, addressing the news media, and coping with traumatic grief, while preserving the memory of a loved one. In addition, Survivor Writers describe their own experiences and, through their tips and suggestions, lend a helping hand to those who follow in their footsteps.
It was written by a survivor/co-victim of criminal death for survivors/co-victims of criminal death. If you know of anyone who may benefit from this book, please let them know about it.
Learn more . . .
2) I'm working on another book of my own, title TBD (read on).
Former fur trapper, suspected horse thief, and whiskey distiller Ewing Young leads the first recorded cattle drive in North America, taking more than 600 head of cantankerous longhorn cattle from central California to the Willamette Valley in Oregon Territory in 1837.
This book is a dramatization of the diary of Philip L. Edwards (1812-1869), who accompanied Young on the expedition.
I need your help: I'm stymied over the title and open to suggestions. I've listed some ideas below; please send me your recommendation. Or come up with something else entirely.
- The Great Oregon Cattle Drive
- The First Cattle Drive
- Drive 'Em North
- Longhorns to Oregon
I hope you all are enjoying a delightful summer. Now that things have settled down a bit, I'm making more time for Janis, as well as fiddling: playing for some dances in Old Town San Diego, making music at the Blacksmith Shop in Old Town on the 4th Saturday of the month, Emma's Gutbucket Band, and the occasional pirate gig. All good fun! If you're in the neighborhood, stop on by.
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Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss