Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Spirit of the Holiday -- Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We have a German exchange student living with us for the year. It has been a great experience and it really makes you think! We were talking about the holiday and explaining why we celebrate it because she had never heard of it.

I’m a bit rusty on my U.S. History and all I could think off at first was turkey and then my mouth started to water. (As I smell the turkey cooking now, I’m at the same place and can’t wait for dinner.) I finally pulled my brain out of my stomach and explained about the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrating their friendship and sharing the bounty of the harvest.

In the spirit of our American ancestors, I want to thank all my fellow Grand Rapids Region Writers for their support, humor and enthusiasm for writing since its inception. It’s a terrific group! I have learned much from each of you.

I’d also like to thank a group of mystery writers who asked me to tag along on their blog tour that starts tomorrow. The Mystery We Write Tour features 14 authors with great books and fantastic characters. My main character, crime-beat reporter Mitch Malone, interviews characters in the books every day and has some insightful and entertaining reactions. You can catch the tour’s line up at W.S. Gager On Writing.

America is a terrific place to live and raise children and I’m grateful for the friendships and freedom to write what I want when I want. I’m also appreciative that we were able to open our doors to another and be able to see things through her eyes. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Award-winning mystery writer W.S. Gager has lived in Michigan for most of her life except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional woman's golfers. She enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realized babies didn't adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she honed her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character is Mitch Malone who is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer and won't let anyone stop him, supposedly.

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