“I’m thrilled to share that the first three titles in my series were not only picked up by a United Kingdom publisher, but also served to launch the publisher’s new cozy mystery line!” Bebris says.
The United Kingdom publisher is The Crime and Mystery Club, which focuses on crime fiction set in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The cozy imprint that Bebris’ novels are launching is called South Downs Crime & Mystery. Carrie’s titles— “Pride and Prescience,” “Suspense and Sensibility” and “North by Northanger”— came out in January from the imprint, with all new covers.
“I’ve always wished for better distribution particularly in the UK’s Commonwealth,” she says. “I receive emails from readers in Australia, for example, saying they can order my books online, but it takes a long time to receive them. It’s nice to think of my novels appearing in bookstores throughout the Commonwealth.”
Learn more about South Downs Crime & Mystery: www.southdownscrime.co.uk
RESIDENCY FOR WRITERS
In addition to the good news of having her titles launch an imprint, Bebris was accepted into a residency at Ragdale this past March.
Ragdale, a nonprofit artists’ community on the former country estate of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in Lake Forest, Illinois, offers residencies and fellowships to creative artists of all types. Being accepted into a residency is competitive and requires an application.
Bebris was accepted into an 18-day residency this past March.
“I found the residency transformative,” Bebris says. “I’ve created my own writing retreats in the past, just to get concentrated work time. To not only have that time, but also have it in an environment that nurtures artists, was wonderful!”
Bebris was one of just 13 artists at the site during her residency. The other artists were also writers, she says, as well as two visual artists. Artists take advantage of a fully stocked kitchen to prepare their own simple breakfasts and lunches, but share “family style” meals prepared by a chef.
“In the evenings, we might return to our work, or read from our work to one another,” she says. “The artists opened their studios to share their works-in-progress one evening. It was wonderful to only focus on my creative work, with occasional creative conversations for inspiration.”
Bebris says she was there to focus on work on a stand-alone novel that is not part of her Darcy series but that is set in the same time period.
“For my Austen-inspired series, I have some characters to work with, and create others to complement them,” Bebris says. “For this project, I’m both having fun with and challenged by populating the world I’m creating with all my own characters.”
Learn more about Bebris and her work at www.carriebebris.com
Upcoming Literary Events:
• Monday, July 25, 6 p.m., Miami Township Branch of the Dayton Metro Library (2718 Lyons Road) — Poet Rosa Lane will read from her book "Tiller North." (Light refreshments at 6 p.m.; reading at 6:30 p.m.) "Tiller North" was the winner of the Sixteen Rivers Press 2014 Poetry Submissions Competition. The cover of the book features a painting by Dayton artist Arlene Loesche Branick. The poetry reading is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.daytonmetrolibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.
• Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene — Cara Mangini, owner and executive chef of Little Eater, a produce-inspired restaurant in Columbus, will introduce her cookbook: “The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini.”
• Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., Books & Co. at The Greene — Kristina McBride, a local author, debuts her third new Young Adult novel, “A Million Times Goodnight.”
• Now through Sept. 1 — Antioch Writers’ Workshop (www.antiochwritersworkshop.com) will accept applications for its fall writers’ retreat, to be held Oct. 14-16. Visit the organization’s website to learn more about the retreat leaders, location, application guidelines and other details.