Meerkat Experience!

I had some great encounters with meerkats on the safari. They used me as an observation post twice. Not everyone made themselves available to the little critters, but I wanted to get the most from the experience as possible. The guide would follow the direction the colony was going in their search for food. He would get ahead of them and put down blankets for those of us who wanted to see if we could get them to perch on us. Great experience!

Some of my interactions with people on the trip will work well in my cozy mystery series set in California.

Meerkat Experience

 

On Safari!

I recently returned from a safari to Africa. This is something I’ve wanted to do all my life. It was amazing! The animals, the people, and the scenery all combined to make it a fantastic experience. During the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of the photographs. Please stop by and go on safari with me! The animal of choice today is the elephant. I chose the elephant in the bush because I wanted people to be able to see how close it was to the vehicle we were in. You can see the edge of it at the bottom.

Janet Finsilver, author of the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series, went on safari.

Elephants in the Water

 

Janet Finsilver, author of the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series, went on safari.

Elephant at Sundown

Janet Finsilver, author of the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series, went on safari.

Elephant Near Vehicle

Bouchercon 2017 Panel

I really enjoyed the 2017 Bouchercon Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada, last week. I had a fun time on the “Critters of Crime” panel with Jen Danna, Michael Kurland (moderator), Kelly Oliver, and Eileen Watkins. We discussed what role dogs and cats play play in our books and what they contribute to our writing.

 

Bouchercon mystery conference panel regarding what dogs and cats add to our mystery books.

“Critters in Crime” Panel

Murder at the Mushroom Festival

I’ve had a busy couple of months finishing book four and planning book five. I also went to Africa on safari. It’s been on my “dream vacation” list for a long time. I’ll be sharing some photos from that experience in the near future. What I’d like to share today is the cover for my next book, MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.

Murder at the Mushroom festival is the next in the cozy mystery series  by Janet Finsilver set in northern California.

Murder at the Mushroom Festival

Mendocino Flowers

Redwood Cove in my Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series is based on Mendocino, California. Whenever I visit there, I take a lot of pictures to help with ideas and descriptions when I write. Here¬†I’m sharing some of my favorite flower pictures from my last trip.

Flowers from Mendocino where my fictitious Redwood Cove in my mystery series is set.

Mendocino Flowers

Beautiful Mendocino flowers to show up in my next Redwood Cove cozy mystery series which is something like Murder She Wrote.

More Mendocino Flowers!

I really enjoy the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and have received a lot of help from them for my cozy mystery series in terms of plants.

Botanical Garden Flowers

 

Woofstock!

I attended a dog show a while back called Woofstock. Posters for each year are hung up and people are encouraged to dress for the show’s theme. It was a lot of fun!

Dogs are in my cozy mystery series, and I enjoyed attending this dog show called Woofstock.

Woofstock Poster 2017

Dogs are in my cozy mystery series, and I enjoyed attending this dog show called Woofstock.

Woofstock Poster 2015

Dogs are in my cozy mystery series, and I enjoyed attending this dog show called Woofstock.

Dressed for Woofstock!

Dogs are in my cozy mystery series, and I enjoyed attending this dog show called Woofstock.

Dressed for Woofstock!

Antique Fire Truck

I thought people might enjoy seeing this Mendocino¬†fire truck from 1887. It’s in wonderful condition. I met a man who said he spent most of the previous day polishing the brass. It gleamed!

The Mendocino antique fire truck was on display for the Fourth of July where I was collecting information for book five in the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series.

Mendocino Antique Fire Truck

The Mendocino antique fire truck was on display for the Fourth of July where I was collecting information for book five in the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series.

Detailed Drawing on Fire Truck

Parade Cutie

I’ve been totally focused for weeks on finishing, editing, and polishing book four. Its unofficial title is MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. I took a few days to go to Mendocino for the Fourth of July. I’ll be using the festivities there in book five. I met this cutie dressed up for the parade.

This is a cute dachshund I met at the Fourth of July festivities in Mendocino, California, doing research for book five in the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series.

A cute dachshund ready for the Fourth of July

This is a cute dachshund I met at the Fourth of July festivities in Mendocino, California, doing research for book five in the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series.

Ready to go!