A message from PatZi (with a Z!)
Wow! The 5th Anniversary of Joy on Paper is a time to look back and to thank all the amazing guests who have joined me to celebrate the joy of writing and reading. I am forever grateful to the 9 Mystery Writer of America Grand Masters, the Poet Laureate of the United States, over 200 New York Times Best Selling Authors, American Heroes, Sports and Television Celebrities, and Literary Agents, who have been my guests. And, of course, a special thanks to all my listeners. Thank you!
March -- Celebrating with Amazing Guests
Joy on Paper was born on March 17th, 2015
It was a glorious perfect Florida day...
It was a Tuesday - a lucky day!
It was St. Patrick's Day - a very lucky day!
So this month -- March 2020 -- I will be celebrating with some of my very special guests all month. On March 17th, which is also St. Patrick's Day, my guests will be two of my favorite authors: Tasha Alexander and Andrew Grant.
I have had the joy of getting to know them over the past few years since I met them at Bouchercon2018, which was held at the beautiful Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida -
The moment I saw them together on a panel there was something about them that captured my attention. Over the next few days I saw them around the hotel. At first I didn't realize what it was about them that fascinated me so much. Finally it clicked. They adore each other. Then I realized that the two of them reminded me of my husband and myself. It is that pure joy of being together. Somehow seeing them together and knowing their books connected me to this talented writing couple
It wasn't until later that I discovered so many of the 'golden threads' that are part of the tapestry of Joy on Paper. Tasha loves the Reading Room at the British Museum, where I spent hundreds of hours doing research. She has a photo of it on her website. She likes tea from Fortnum & Masons. She is a trained historian of British and Medieval history, which has been a great interest of mine since I read my first Jane Austen. So it was thrilling when I discovered And Only to Deceive, the first in Tasha's Lady Emily mystery series. I think that Tasha and I have some of the same spirit of adventure. daring and curiosity of her fascinating Victorian heroine -- although, luckily, we don't stumble across so many dead bodies! We three of us also love our heroes with a passion.
Then there is Andrew -- he said I could call him Drew -- who is an Old Albanian. No, not from Albania -- but rather one of those lucky boys who attended St. Albans School in Hertfordshire, which I visited several times when I lived in England. Not many Americans visit the area, but it is especially beautiful in springtime with so many stately homes and gardens. The school itself is one one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 948. For an American that's impressive. In fact, from its very beginning the school has been impressive. It is one of the first schools to accept students from a wider public -- not just those studying religion. As the years went on it gained an impressive reputation and by the 12th century was one of the largest in the British Isles. As far back as 1300 the school offered scholarships to poor students. The school motto is: "Born not for ourselves." What a fitting motto for Drew and Tasha.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 is a great day for all authors -- because Joy on Paper is for all of you!
Join me and "Drew" and Tasha to celebrate!
With special thanks to the love of my life, my husband, who has schelped my collection of thousands of books all over the world and has given me so much time to read and read and read. He is one of the JOYS of my life...
In Yiddish there is a word: beshert. It means meant to be. So reading all those books was meant to be...starting a radio program when I had no experience was meant to be and -- happily -- meeting Tasha and Drew was meant to be.
Some of PatZi's Guests
U.S. Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera
Mystery Writer of America
Lawrence Block (1994)
Mary Higgins Clark (2000)
Marcia Muller (2005)
Bill Pronzini (2008)
Sue Grafton (2009)
Sarah Paretsky (2011)
Margaret Maron (2013)
Carolyn Hart (2014)
Robert Crais (2014)
New York Times
Best Selling Authors
Reed Farrell Coleman
Rachel Renee Russell
& many, many more!
Col. Leo K. Thorsness
Captain Jerry Yellin
Sanya Richards Ross
Nicholas Guy Smith
VIPs of the Publishing World
A sandwich for Tasha fans...
Good old-fashioned PB&J
A sandwich for Andrew's fans...
Very British Marmite Cheddar Cheese
Pekka's Favorite Guest
My pal, Pekka the Yooper Bear, fell in love with Tasha at Bouchercon.