River City Dead
Sat., Jan 21st
About Nancy West:
When Nancy was seven years old, she and her mother wrote poems to each other on special occasions. The poetry was awful, but Nancy learned if you wrote something, people stopped to read it.
In high school, Library Journal Pegasus published her poem, a feat she ranked beneath cheer-leading. At eighteen, since journalists were underpaid and English major graduates sold lingerie, she slogged through General Business at the University of Texas and earned a BBA. Fortunately, she took a creative writing course.
Married, with two daughters, she read numerous books on writing and wrote articles, poetry, the biography of artist Jose Vives-Atsara (Shoal Creek Publishers) and founded Book Publishers of Texas, where she produced their trade journal and promoted their books for seven years.
Returning to college, she studied English literature and began writing NINE DAYS TO EVIL, a novel of psychological suspense, Shakespeare, and nonstop-action which won the Blether Gold Award. Her poem, Time to Lie, featured by “Theme and Variations,” was broadcast on NPR. For three years, she wrote San Antonio Woman’s Book Shelf column and articles for other publications.
As she finished NINE DAYS TO EVIL, Meredith’s “mature” graduate school friend, Aggie Mundeen, captivated Nancy and led her to create award-winning Aggie Mundeen Mysteries. Three books in the series are out. Nancy is working to reveal Aggie’s next mysterious escapade. She is convinced that writing is more fun than accounting.
About River City Dead:
Aggie and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship.
With Aggie, nothing goes as planned. Murder descends on Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie’s new friends holding their convention at the hotel. Evil surfaces at Night in Old San Antonio, and calamity plagues Aggie’s debut dance performance at Arneson River Theater. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.