Monday, March 9, 2015

Getting Ready for Tucson!

It seems like just yesterday I was signing up for the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books. It also seems like it was just yesterday that my first book, "End of the Road", was published! Time has flown quickly and now Tucson is just a few days away and I will be presenting my THREE mystery novels!

Last year's festival was a great experience, although my lack of experience was humbling. A two-hour slot shared with ten other authors--some self-published, others from other publishing houses--in the midst of a crowd of over 100,000 people can make one feel terribly small and insignificant. However, I DID sell three books (along with fellow OTP author, J. L. Greger, who sold two books, we outsold the other authors at our booth!) and that was encouraging enough for me to consider going back again!

This year, Oak Tree Press has secured a booth for the two-day festival and rounded up six authors to present their work and the work of other OTP authors:

Virgil Alexander--author of Saints and Sinners, a novel of intrigue and murder along the US/Mexican border

J.L. Greger--author of the Sara Almquist medical mystery/thrillers, Coming Flu, Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, Ignore the Pain, and Malignancy, set in the Albuquerque area and abroad

Carolyn Niethammer--author of The Piano Player, historical fiction about a well-bred young woman becoming a piano player at The Bird Cage Theatre in 1882 Tombstone, AZ

D. R. Ransdell--author of the Andy Veracruz mysteries, Mariachi Murder and Island Casualty, featuring a mariachi musician sleuth

Robert Richter--author of the Cotton Waters mystery series, Something in Vallarta, Something Like a Dream, and Something for Nothing, set in Mexico's western Riviera

Amy M. Bennett (that's me!)--author of the Black Horse Campground mysteries, End of the Road, No Lifeguard on Duty, and No Vacancy, set in south-central New Mexico and featuring humor, light romance, and an engaging cast of characters

Leading the charge is our boss, publisher extraordinaire, Billie Johnson, who will be presenting her authors and books for two days! Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, I have a suggestion....

The Tucson Festival of Books will be held this weekend, March 14-15, 2014 on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. For more information about the festival, go to:

For more information about Oak Tree Press, plus a complete list of our authors and books, go to:


  1. So do I, Nancy! The best part is meeting my fellow OTP authors!

  2. We'll be in San Antonio for EPICon. Too many events all on the same weekend! Good luck to the OTP authors!

  3. And next year, Left Coast Crime will be held in Phoenix at the same time as the Tucson Festival! I'm thinking of trying to "double-dip" as Phoenix and Tucson are only an hour or so apart but... we'll see!

  4. I won't be there, but I know you'll have a great time. I'm doing a panel at the Clovis Book Barn this Satruday about the Maltese Falcon and how mysteries have changed. Seriously thinking about going to Left Coast Crime next year. Flying to Phoenix is fairly easy.