The Latest from Sara

Bouchercon Mystery Convention

It was exciting attending Bouchercon. Here I am with fellow debut authors:

 I loved seeing my Poisoned Pen Press editor Barbara Peters!

I was on a panel: Foreigner in a Foreign Land, to talk about Alexa Glock in New Zealand.

Molten Mud Murder was available at the book store!!!

Look who else was there? Elizabeth George and Deborah Crombie.

It’s Published!

As of Tuesday, September 3, Molten Mud Murder is PUBLISHED and available in bookstores and Amazon. SO EXCITING! Read all about it at Lesa Holstein’s book blog, and read a little about me in her author interview.


Molten Mud Murder Launch!

The September 7 launch of Molten Mud Murder at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village was a standing-room-only success!  I spoke about New Zealand, my newly published book, and my writing experiences to more than 60 family, friends, and mystery fans.

Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, MN

I fell in love with this bookstore while Forrest and I spent two weeks on the North Shore of Minnesota. Drury Lane Books sits half a block from icy Lake Superior.

Rotorua and Kaituna River

The frothy Kaituna River, North Island 

That’s us – about to disappear.

Alexa Glock, the main character in my mystery series,  rents a cottage on the banks of this river that my husband and I survived rafting in 2014.

Hold on!

Here’s a Rotorua thermal park:


Otherworldly, don’t you agree?

Below is the mud pot that inspired Molten Mud Murder.

Writers’ Police Academy – August 2018

Writers’ Police Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin in August was such fun. My itinerary included Blood Spatter Analysis, Shoot/Don’t Shoot simulator, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Behavioral Clues at Crime Scenes, and Fingerprinting.

It was cool to meet and hang out with other writers, and learn from them. 









If you experience an arterial bleed, I can be of assistance!

Bottom of New Zealand!

Stewart Island, the location of the second mystery in the Alexa Glock series, is hard to reach – even if you’re already in New Zealand. When we tried in 2014, our ferry from Bluff was canceled twice due to extreme weather in Foveaux Strait. The 2:00 ferry was a ‘go’ but what a rollicking roller coaster of waves we endured. (Thank you sea sick pills!)

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Maori legend claims the South Island is the ‘canoe’ and Stewart Island the ‘anchor’. This chain at the tip of Bluff reemerges on Stewart Island.

Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay

Stewart Island’s Halfmoon Bay

The remote island with a year round population of 400 reminded me of a coastal Maine town- with parrots and giant ferns.

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This kaka visited us on the porch of our lodge. He hopped on a post next to Forest and then decided to hop on Forrest’s knee! Forrest flailed and the parrot failed. But how cool is it to be in a place with parrots!

We took a water taxi to Ulva Island and had a five hour guided bird and nature hike. I hope you enjoy the birds and fauna that follow.

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When I first saw these birds I said, “Oh kiwis!” Ulva Island is a good place to see the rare icons. But of course they are not kiwis even though they are brown and flightless. They’re weka chicks. DSC01694 (683x1024)

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The feeling I got on Stewart Island was peaceful- here is this little island 20 miles from the South Island, most of it a national park and so very very alone in a large cold sea. Maine minus crowds, shops, and pretentions. A few more pix:

water taxi captain

water taxi captain

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tree bark

tree bark

measuring kelp

measuring kelp