TAoD tour, day 5
Lexington is a gorgeous town. Clearly, that is the reason people at the event tonight drove from Cincinnati and Columbus, to see Lexington. I’e2’80’99m glad to have given them an excuse of a LRK event. But we know the truth.
This was one of those rare days with large gaps in the schedule. The first time this happened to me was years ago during a tour to Minneapolis in January. Minneapolis is a downtown with gerbil tubes crossing above the streets for pedestrians, but the tubes go in and out of shops, and the shops are closed a lot on weekends. I was, of course, there on a weekend. Having not thought to bring work with me, knowing no one in town, and not having clothes warm enough for a stroll in the four degree weather, I went through the books I had brought in no time at all.
This time, I had my laptop and I had work’e2’80’94a short story I’e2’80’99ve promised Michael Connelly for a collection he’e2’80’99s editing for the Mystery Writers of America. It’e2’80’99s an anthology about The Badge, so he suggested a story about Kate Martinelli, and I tried, but I think she’e2’80’99ll only appear in part of it. The main character is someone we’e2’80’99ve seen before however, in the second Martinelli novel. That’e2’80’99s right, Brother Erasmus returns. However, since To Play the Fool clearly says that Kate never saw him again, I couldn’e2’80’99t make her the cop in question.
Anyway, I got seven pages done, maybe a third of the story, so it was a productive day even if I didn’e2’80’99t sign a ton of books. I had a radio show by telephone in the morning, then this afternoon Barb the media escort took me to sign at a couple of faraway stores. The evening event was at a really great independent called Joseph-Beth, which has a number of stores up and down the area. I hope all of them are as great as the one here in Lexington.
Tomorrow, driving to Nashville, with a promised stop at the exotic palace of biscuits-and-eggs called Cracker Barrel. Stay tuned for a restaurant report, tomorrow.