A day in the Steel City

We drove out of the rain in our little city, south to Pittsburgh for several items of business. First, our panel discussion and booksigning at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley. We pulled together a group of authors from the western end of the state: Gene Ware, Cindy Lynn Speer, Sharon Donovan, Kathy Otten, Gloria Clover, Carole Waterhouse and me. We had a very interesting conversation with Maryanne Eichorn about the relationship between small press authors and indie bookstores, and the path to publication each of us had followed.

Sunset along Shiloh Street, Mount Washington

Then on to the rest of the day, taking pictures for the upcoming book trailers for CONVICTION OF THE HEART and SECOND CHANCES, since they’re both set in the city. The Cabana Boy and the kids took a trip down to Carson Street to explore the collectible toy shop and score a couple of Transformers.Here’s a few of the shots that struck me.

Since CONVICTION OF THE HEART is about a Pittsburgh attorney who defends and protects a battered wife of a city councilman, I expect our trailer will feature the courthouse and court rooms. Suzanne Taylor is a family law attorney and single mother who encounters a city police lieutenant interested in her. He’s just been promoted and finding the “joys” of supervisor status not exactly what he’d anticipated: bureaucratic delays, rebellious personnel, financial juggling.

But they find consolation and challenge in each other, while the danger escalates when the      councilman strikes back.  

And Pittsburgh is an attractive city, as well. Although the traffic is something we’re not used to, and neither of us were pleased to deal with.  Not sure exactly what events were going on last night, but there were reroutings and traffic jams and construction blockages everywhere! Also a lot of loud, rowdy folk traveling in Anderson buses, wearing Steelers’ gear:

Pittsburgh is a great place to set stories. I’ve got two novels about women lawyers coming out in the next year, and I think I’ll continue that trend in years to come. We can populate the city courthouse with many memorable ladies to come. 🙂


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