I recently participated in Noir at the Bar Seattle a quarterly reading event that brings together a variety of authors to share their work. The entire purpose of the evening is to delight the audience with tales of crime, murder and debauchery. And the latest event was no exception. From serial killing teenagers to con men and a very threatening masseuse each tale took the listeners down a different dark alley. Located at the aptly named Alibi Room at Seattle's Pike place market (near the gum wall, for those who have been) the venue provided excellent atmosphere.
What has helped me is to realize that the act of reading is separate from the story itself. I can have the perfect story, but if I biff the performance then no one will know. In order to present my beautiful baby story to the world in the best way I must ovary up and give it a proper introduction. Fortunately, my introduction for Tammy Loves Derek, a happy-go-lucky tale of gold-digging and revenge went well. Perhaps in the future I will be able to find it a nice publication to match it up with. But I will definitely be looking forward to the next opportunity to share my words with an audience.
Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of the Carrie Mae Mysteries, San Juan Islands Mysteries, Shark Santoyo Crime Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing her daughter or glued to the computer working on her next novel. You can also catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and BookBub.