by: Joelle Charbonneau
It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since my first novel – SKATING AROUND THE LAW hit shelves bringing Rebecca Robbins, Pop and the entire Indian Falls gang into the wonderful world of mystery readers. I still remember the anxiety I felt leading up to the release of that my first published book. Would readers like the book? Would people wonder what the heck my publisher was thinking publishing a book by me? I mean, I was a musical theater/voice major in college who never took a single creative writing class. What did I know about writing books?
3 years have passed. My career has grown in ways I never expected or dreamed of. And on Tuesday, SKATING UNDER THE WIRE, the fourth and final (for now) Rebecca Robbins book will hit shelves.
I’m so thrilled because I love this story. It’s perhaps my zaniest of all the books (which considering the derby girls in SKATING ON THE EDGE is kind of saying something). The series brings a few new characters to the series in addition to revisiting so many of my favorites that have been part of previous books. There is a wedding, Thanksgiving dinner and, of course, a murder. Writing this book was so much fun. I am delighted to finally share it with everyone.
I’m also sad. Because we often see in the publishing world – a book series often has to come to an end. In this case, my publisher has turned their attention to some other series they hope will find wide audiences. While they love Rebecca and her friends, the series hasn’t sold tens of thousands of copies and this is a business. (Of course, if this book were to sell tens of thousands of copies I’m betting they’d tell me they made a mistake….it is business, after all.) And while I love visiting Indian Falls, I have learned something important in the last 18 months – I occasionally need sleep…which means I can’t keep writing at my current pace. Which means something has to give.
So it is with great delight that I look forward to sharing Rebecca’s fourth adventure with readers and sadness that I, for now, must put them away. But the best thing about writing is that stories are always waiting to be told. And hopefully some day in the not so far distant future I will have a chance to visit Rebecca, Pop, Lionel, Sean, Elwood and the rest of the Indian Falls gang again. They have a very special place in my heart and I am so grateful to all of you who have given them a place in yours.
To celebrate the release of SKATING UNDER THE WIRE, I am giving away 2 sets of paperbacks of SKATING AROUND THE LAW and SKATING OVER THE LINE. Please leave a comment below to enter. All entries no matter where you live are welcome because I want to celebrate the final (for now) Rebecca Robbins journey with a bang.