Hi! I’m Monica Whitman, and I just moved to Granford with my husband Douglas. It’s such a pleasure to meet you! Douglas is retired now, and we’d always wanted to live in New England and had somehow missed it until now. But we’ve got a nice old farmhouse—not that we’re farmers or anything—and I’m having a wonderful time getting to know all the nice people of Granford! You know, it kind of keeps you young, starting over in a new place. But everybody’s been very kind to me—to both of us, really.
That’s why I wanted to give something back to the town. Oh, all right, it was also a great way to introduce myself to a lot of people all at once. Anyway, I suggested that the town host a WinterFare. I guess I have to explain. There’s still a lot of farming going on in Granford, and they have a lovely Harvest Festival, or so I’m told, but then there’s that kind of dull period after the harvest and before all the pruning and planting and whatever starts up. That’s usually in January and February.
The council liked my idea, especially after I said I’d do all the planning, which I was happy to do. As I hoped, I got to meet lots of people, and it wasn’t hard to put things together. I’ve planned events like this in other places, so I knew what needed to be done. And it all came together so well! It was a great success, and I hope the town will do it again next year.
But maybe I’ll let someone else manage it the next time. It really was a lot of work, and I’ll admit I’m tired now. But happy.
June is bustin’ out all over, and we at Killer Characters are celebrating with a month-long giveaway (so that all of us can be part of it). I’m kind of between books, although you’ll meet Monica in A Late Frost in November. But right now I’m trying to clear out some of my office and bookshelves and the floor, and . . . You get the idea. So I’d like to offer one lucky winner one book from each of my series (Orchard Mysteries, Museum Mysteries and County Cork Mysteries). If you need to fill in your collection here’s your chance! First book, last book, or anything between! You don’t even have to pick a favorite series! Just leave a comment by June 28th (and include your email address) and I’ll pick one winner for the three books of your choice. Good Luck!