Monday, October 7, 2019

J. A. Jance - Sins of the Fathers Book Talk and Signing – Mesa Public Library – Red Mountain Branch - a J. P. Beaumont novel

Today the HBS Author's Spotlight is showcasing top 10 New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance and her articles posted on this blog. Since my initial interview with Judith in August 2013, I have posted several book showcases featuring her books and an outline of our meetings at the Tucson Festival of Books held every March.

I met up with her again last week at her book signing (Sins of the Fathers ) at the library in Mesa, Arizona. Over 100 of her followers attended the signing to listen to her talk about her life, her career and the J. P. Beaumont series and, of course, buy her new book.

Mesa Library – Red Mountain Branch

Librarian Stephanie Foster put the event together for the library. The signing and talk were a great success. There is nothing like a speaker with tons of experience talking to her followers hanging on every word. The audience was totally hers from the start.


Tucson Festival of Books

This great event is held every March at the University of Arizona in Tucson. To my knowledge, Judith has attended every one since it started in 2008.

Now in its 12th year, the Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest festival of its kind. A favorite among authors, the Tucson Festival of Books has hosted thousands of authors over the past two decades. Some of your favorites may include Any Tan, Dave Barry, Elmore Leonard, Mitch Albom, Billy Collins, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kwame Alexander, Brandon Hobson, J.A. Jance and Luis Urrea.

Set on the beautiful University of Arizona campus, the festival is free to attend for everyone. From activities for children and teens (including a literary circus) to more than 300 author presentations from some of your favorites, there is so much to enjoy at the festival. The 2020 festival will be held on March 14th and 15th. We hope to see you there!

Here are some pictures from previous festivals.


Interviews and Book Showcases

J. A. Jance first interview with me was 8/8/2013
J.A. Jance - HBS Author's Spotlight

There have been over 1100 spotlight interviews and book showcases, starting in September 2012 on the HBS Author's Spotlight.

Also, the Indie Author’s Corner has posted over 100 articles related to author’s writing, marketing and publishing. Special events are another feature of the blog.

Sins of the Fathers
A J.P. Beaumont Novel

Author: J.A. Jance

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Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is drawn into an intriguing, and shockingly personal, case in this superb tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

Former Seattle homicide cop, J. P. Beaumont, is learning to enjoy the new realities of retirementdoing morning crossword puzzles by a roaring fireplace; playing frisbee with his new dog; having quiet lunches with his still working wife.But then his pastcomes calling.

When a long ago acquaintance, Alan Dale, shows up on Beaus doorstep with a newborn infant in hand and asking for help locating his missing daughter, Beau finds himself faced with an investigation that will turn his own life upside down by dragging hisnone-too-stellar past onto a roller-coaster ride that may well derail his serene present.It turns out that, even in retirement. murder is still the name of J. P. Beaumonts game.

Sins of the Fathers - Book Showcase

Author: J.A. Jance
Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

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Author Description:
J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

As a second-grader in Mrs. Spangler’s Greenway School class, I was introduced to Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series. I read the first one and was hooked and knew, from that moment on, that I wanted to be a writer.

The third child in a large family, I was four years younger than my next older sister and four years older than the next younger sibling. Being both too young and too old left me alone in a crowd and helped turn me into an introspective reader and a top student. When I graduated from Bisbee High School in 1962, I received an academic scholarship that made me the first person in my family to attend a four year college. I graduated in 1966 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. In 1970 I received my M. Ed. In Library Science. I taught high school English at Tucson’s Pueblo High School for two years and was a K-12 librarian at Indian Oasis School District in Sells, Arizona for five years.

My ambitions to become a writer were frustrated in college and later, first because the professor who taught creative writing at the University of Arizona in those days thought girls "ought to be teachers or nurses" rather than writers. After he refused me admission to the program, I did the next best thing: I married a man who was allowed in the program that was closed to me. My first husband imitated Faulkner and Hemingway primarily by drinking too much and writing too little. Despite the fact that he was allowed in the creative writing program, he never had anything published either prior to or after his death from chronic alcoholism at age forty-two. That didn’t keep him from telling me, however, that there would be only one writer in our family, and he was it.

My husband made that statement in 1968 after I had received a favorable letter from an editor in New York who was interested in publishing a children’s story I had written. Because I was a newly wed wife who was interested in staying married, I put my writing ambitions on hold. Other than writing poetry in the dark of night when my husband was asleep (see After the Fire), I did nothing more about writing fiction until eleven years later when I was a single, divorced mother with two children and no child support as well as a full time job selling life insurance. My first three books were written between four a.m. and seven a.m.. At seven, I would wake my children and send them off to school. After that, I would get myself ready to go sell life insurance.

I started writing in the middle of March of 1982. The first book I wrote, a slightly fictionalized version of a series of murders that happened in Tucson in 1970, was never published. For one thing, it was twelve hundred pages long. Since I was never allowed in the creative writing classes, no one had ever told me there were some things I needed to leave out. For another, the editors who turned it down said that the parts that were real were totally unbelievable, and the parts that were fiction were fine. My agent finally sat me down and told me that she thought I was a better writer of fiction than I was of non-fiction. Why, she suggested, didn’t I try my hand at a novel?

The result of that conversation was the first Detective Beaumont book, Until Proven Guilty. Since 1985 when that was published, there have been 21 more Beau books. My work also includes 14 Joanna Brady books set in southeastern Arizona where I grew up, and seven Ali Reynolds books, set in Sedona, AZ. In addition there are four thrillers, starting with Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees, that reflect what I learned during the years when I was teaching on the Tohono O’Odham reservation west of Tucson, Arizona.

The week before Until Proven Guilty was published, I did a poetry reading of After the Fire at a widowed retreat sponsored by a group called WICS (Widowed Information Consultation Services) of King County. By June of 1985, it was five years after my divorce in 1980 and two years after my former husband’s death. I went to the retreat feeling as though I hadn’t quite had my ticket punched and didn’t deserve to be there. After all, the other people there were all still married when their spouses died. I was divorced. At the retreat I met a man whose wife had died of breast cancer two years to the day and within a matter of minutes of the time my husband died. We struck up a conversation based on that coincidence. Six months later, to the dismay of our five children, we told the kids they weren’t the Brady Bunch, but they'd do, and we got married. We now have four new in-laws as well as six grandchildren.

When my second husband and I first married, he supported all of us–his kids and mine as well as the two of us. It was a long time before my income from writing was anything more than fun money–the Improbable Cause trip to Walt Disney World; the Minor in Possession memorial powder room; the Payment in Kind memorial hot tub. Eventually, however, the worm turned. My husband was able to retire at age 54 and took up golf and oil painting.

One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything–even the bad stuff–is usable. The eighteen years I spent while married to an alcoholic have helped shape the experience and character of Detective J. P. Beaumont. My experiences as a single parent have gone into the background for Joanna Brady–including her first tentative steps toward a new life after the devastation of losing her husband in Desert Heat. And then there’s the evil creative writing professor in Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees, but that’s another story.

Another wonderful part of being a writer is hearing from fans. I learned on the reservation that the ancient, sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time. I’m thrilled when I hear that someone has used my books to get through some particularly difficult illness either as a patient or as they sit on the sidelines while someone they love is terribly ill. It gratifies me to know that by immersing themselves in my stories, people are able to set their own lives aside and live and walk in someone else’s shoes. It tells me I’m doing a good job at the best job in the world.

Duel to the Death
Ali Reynolds Book 13

Duel to the Death - Book Showcase

Proof of Life
A J. P. Beaumont Novel

Proof of Life - Book Showcase

Man Overboard
Ali Reynolds Series Book 12

Man Overboard - Book Showcase

A Brady Novel of Suspense

Downfall - Book Showcase

An Ali Reynolds Novel

CLAWBACK - Book Showcase

Cold Betrayal
An Ali Reynolds Novel

Cold Betrayal - Book Showcase

Remains of Innocence
Joanna Brady Mysteries Book 16

Remains of Innocence - Book Showcase

The Old Blue Line
– A Joanna Brady Novella

The Old Blue Line - Book Showcase

Second Watch
A J. P. Beaumont Novel

Second Watch - Book Showcase


Second Watch - Book Showcase

Moving Target
A Novel -Ali Reynolds

Moving Target - Book Showcase

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