A couple of mystery writers were in the news recently; The Chicago Tribune reports that Sara Paretsky (author of the V.I. Warshawski series) is suing an Indiana man she blames for injuries she suffered in a traffic accident two years ago. Paretsky suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders and back and "her earning power has been impaired," the lawsuit said. Guess the next V.I. novel will have to wait a bit (since the author is on tour for Bleeding Kansas now, anyway).
The South Florida News-Press Online had an article about Elaine Viets, author of the Dead-End Job and Mystery Shopper series. Almost a year ago, when was preparing to embark on a 10-city book tour, she suffered a massive stroke that put her in a coma for a week and in the hospital for a month. Much like the online virtual book tour that fellow authors created this past week for cancer patient Patry Francis and her novel The Liar's Diary, Viets’ mystery writer friends came to her rescue and filled in for her on every stop of her book tour. Although she still uses a cane and has some numbness in her fingers, she's now "the star of her own happy ending," and back with Accessory to Murder. Way to go, Elaine! We'll wish the same good luck for Patry.