Thursday, March 08, 2007

Another visit to the Gray Whale Inn

I just got off the phone with my agent, Jessica, and am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to the Gray Whale Inn in the next few months!

Although I have no idea what the title of the third book will be yet, I do know it will be out next summer. (As in 2008, not 2007 -- I'm fast, but I'm not that fast.) I'm already playing around with what will happen -- I think there will be light recipes (including the infamous lemon berry souffle muffin recipe) in it, and possibly a lighthouse element. I love lighthouses. Why are they so magical? So mysterious and alluring and lonely...

Anyway, I'll stop nattering on about lighthouses now, since it's time to pick up Mr. "You-Don't-Make-the-Rules-of-Me." :)

But I'm very excited, and am once again googling plane fares. Research is a very important element of writing, after all... as is copious lobster consumption. Stimulates the brain cells.

Ta for now (I only wrote 800 words or so, and will have to do a two-fer later)...

By the way -- if you have any ideas of what you might like to happen, please let me know; I'm always trolling for interesting plot twists.

K (who's dreaming about blueberries and sea glass already)


At 3:35 PM, March 08, 2007, Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm so glad there will be a 3rd in the series.

That poor, little raccoon was so cute. I didn't even know wild animals could get distemper:(

At 6:50 PM, March 08, 2007, Blogger gracesmom48 said...

Karen-As someone who spent time as a single young woman in Maine, other parts of New England and Austin, the biggest unsolved mystery in the Gray Whale series is how a hunk of manhood like John remains unattached on that island. Trust me, if they knew about him in Portland, they would organize boat tours out there! I must know the reason for his singleness and I must know now! Obviously, if this story were set on an island off the coast of Austin, there would be no mystery because Austin has a plethora of hunky unattached guys--I know--I married one of them!! Your biggest fan, Melissa

At 9:21 PM, March 08, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


Thanks so much, Sarah -- I'm so glad you enjoy the series as much as I do. I'm hoping for many more to come!

And I have to call on the raccoon tomorrow. I'll let you know what she says, although I'm afraid the news won't be good. :(

Thanks again for the kind words!

At 9:26 PM, March 08, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...



You are TOO funny; and you're probably right. Thank goodness this is fiction, eh?

I do think one of John's old flames may make a comeback in this book, though...

Perhaps I could fit in a "Single Hunks of Maine" boat tour. Maybe book four or five?

I am still amazed at the 'before' and 'after' pictures on that garage you did, by the way; I may have to post them here soon. It's amazing. Sadly, my garage is closer to the former than the latter...


At 7:14 AM, March 09, 2007, Anonymous jar said...

I have put an apology on my blog. I don't know what I was thinking when I called you Grace.:-)
Am enjoying the second book.

At 7:19 AM, March 09, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


Don't be silly! You were so sweet to post about Murder on your blog... heck, you can call me Groucho if you want. Lord knows I can't even remember the names of my close family members, much less authors I've read.

Personally, I think it must have been my innate grace and beauty that made you think of the name.... ;)

No need for apologies. Good to see you!


At 6:39 PM, March 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news about the next book in the series. So what's three books in fifteen months? Don't the just write themselves? LOL!!!

Tomorrow is my writer's group & I'm bringing my query letter, I didn't get a chance to rewrite my synopsis, along with a loaf of Irish Soda bread, which I'm off to bake right after I feed the dogs.

Have a great evening,

At 10:28 PM, March 09, 2007, Blogger gracesmom48 said...

Karen-You can go ahead and post those before and after photos because I'm proud of them! And, don't feel bad about your garage, I get so happy when I see a big 'ol mess like that, but I have a feeling yours isn't that bad no matter what you say. Did I tell you that after her garage sale, she made $1100 and her garage was clean???? Cool huh? Also, to the lady who called you "Grace", she shouldn't feel bad because I've called my husband, Richard, "Susan" for years because that's my older sister's name. He's gotten used to it...poor man.

At 8:44 PM, March 10, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


Of course all my books write themselves. Don't yours? ;)

How did your group go?


At 8:47 PM, March 10, 2007, Blogger Karen MacInerney said...


You should be proud of those pictures. And she made out like a bandit.

And I am terrible with names; I called my friend Melanie "Melinda" for a year before she corrected me, and another friend (Debbie) I called Chris because she once sent me an e-mail from her husband's account.

LOL on the "Susan" thing -- good thing you have a wonderful and understanding husband. I do occasionally call my husband by my son's name... but at least I've got the gender right! :)


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