IOWA 2017 Participant
I can never remember a time when books weren’t part of my life. Every week I would go to the library and check out the ten book limit. Because the fattest books lasted longer they were my favorites. Librarians were those wonderful people who knew the best books. Surely books were magic and writers were magicians. Although I’d always written snippets of stories and shoved them under my friends’ noses – here, read this, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I realized that real people, average people who lived next door, wrote books. Even I could write a book.
I read books on how to write, I went to conferences and entered contests, I stayed up late and got up early studying and writing. Then life sidetracked me with children and work. Quilting became my creative release. But after my children flew away I picked up the writing thread again.
Old skills had not been forgotten but the publishing world had changed. A writing friend introduced me to Sisters in Crime where they understood that sometimes you just have to kill somebody.
But what is life without love? Bishop to Queen’s Knight is a love story, there just happen to be dead bodies along the way. And Jane Vanilla needs to stop discovering murders so that she can find the right man.
Bartenn Mills has lived in most parts of the country from small towns to big cities. After getting a degree in Economics, she settled with her husband and daughter in a small town in the upper mid-west. Soon after they added a son to the mix. For many years a member of Romance Writers of America, but realizing after the children left the nest that murder suited her better she joined Sisters in Crime. Much to her husband’s relief she only lets her imaginary friends out in the wee hours of the morning. She is published in non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction, short fiction and mysteries.
Connect with the Author
Join us for Imagine Other Worlds with Authors on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Lindale Mall from 10 AM to 3 PM. The event is free and open to the public.