BY SEAN FLETCHER
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
October 7, 2015
An autumn chill is in the air once again and people everywhere know what time it is—time for scary movies, stuffing ourselves with sweets and for Starbucks to dust off that never-spoiled bottle of Pumpkin Spice they keep in the backroom year-round.
But here’s something else fun to add to your spooky holiday traditions: the “Thrills & Chills” speaker series at the Coupeville and Oak Harbor Sno-Isle Libraries.
The series assembles local mystery and thriller authors to share their writerly wisdom, secrets of suspense and tales on how they got their works published. Join this eclectic collection of local authors and learn, perhaps, some spook-tastic writing secrets of your own.
Authors will discuss their books, the writing process and the business of publishing. A book-signing will follow each talk, with books available for purchase courtesy of Oak Harbor’s Wind & Tide Bookshop.
The authors will include:
LESLIE RULE – Author of seven books with paranormal themes, Leslie Rule is also the daughter of legendary true crime author Ann Rule, which means guaranteed shivers! Writer of both suspense novels and collections of real-life supernatural occurrences, Rule’s books are guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats…and up all night.
Monday, Oct 12 – 1:30 p.m. Coupeville Library
JEANNE MATTHEWS – The author of the Dinah Pelerin mysteries features an anthropologist sleuth. Matthews graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and has worked as a copywriter, high school English and Drama teacher and paralegal. Her books—including her latest, “Where the Bones are Buried”— are chock-full of more than enough suspense, creepiness and, yes, murder, to keep any chills junky happy.
Monday, Oct. 19 – 1:30 p.m. Coupeville Library
Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 1:30 p.m. Oak Harbor Library
WILLIAM DIETRICH – The Pulitzer prize-winning journalist is the author of the “Barbary Pirates.” From England to America to France and back again, explore the exciting world of a swashbuckling, romantic (and devilishly handsome) rascal in the Ethan Gage historical thrillers.
Monday, Oct. 26 – 1:30 p.m. Coupeville Library
Tuesday, Oct. 27 – 1:30 p.m. Oak Harbor Library
If you’re looking to start the season of screams off right, you can’t do much better than joining those among us who bring the thrills and chills to the page. For further information, call the Oak Harbor Library at 360-675-5115 or the Coupeville Library at 360-678-4911.
Thank you to Sno-Isle Library for sharing some of the biographical information about the authors for this article. Images courtesy of the authors.
Sean Fletcher is an author, as well as an editor with Andrea Hurst & Associates. He spends his free time adventuring on and around Whidbey Island.
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