After my next two books come
out this year — Paradise Court, a
pickleball mystery in May (a sequel to Court
Trouble), and TheFront Wing, a paranormal geezer-lit
mystery in October (a sequel to The Back
Wing), my next writing project is a trilogy set in a fictional town,
Omnipodge, along the central coast of California.
This trilogy will feature a
geezer-lit mystery, The Last Gasp Motel, a
spoof on the detective genre, Old Detectives
Home, and a spoof on the cozy genre, A
Many of my author friends
have been writing since an early age. Likewise, many of them were avid readers
from an early age. Unfortunately, there are many children, often boys, who aren’t
that enthusiastic about reading. I was one of them. Here’s my story.
In elementary school we went
to the school library at least once a week. I wasn’t very interested in
reading, so I’d goof around during that time. One day the librarian approached
me and asked what I was interested in. That was an easy question. “Baseball,” I
answered. She motioned me over to a section of books that had baseball stories.
That’s how I got hooked on reading.
I am thankful for librarians
with the insight to guide children to areas of interest for reading.
The Left Coast Crime
Conference will be held in Vancouver March 28 – 31. I will be on two panels.
The first is The Thriller Panel at 10:15 on Friday, moderated by Kris Calvin
and including panelists Puja Guha, Glen Erik Hamilton and S. J. Rozan, a
terrific group. The second is a panel on Writing in More than One Genre at 1:30
on Friday, moderated by Heather Ash with panelists Shelly Adina, Laura Benedict
and C. J. Carmichael, another outstanding group of authors.
I will be busy that Friday,
because I also moderate The Meet the New Author Breakfast as 7:30. Currently,
we have seventeen new authors who will be introduced at the breakfast. They
will each give a one minute presentation on the most important thing readers
should know about their debut novel.
As a Medicare recipient for
the last nine years, I’m appreciative of what it provides. With the current
debate about Medicare-for-all I think this topic is worth discussion. If we
ignore the rants from the far right that it would be a disaster, cost too much
and put private insurance companies out of business and rants from the far left
that we don’t need to worry about how to pay for it, let’s as a country explore
ways to improve medical coverage. First of all, I pay for Medicare in five
ways: 1. I made payroll deductions for the thirty-nine years I worked. This
provided me with Part A (hospital insurance) when I turned sixty-five. Without
paying into the system, I could have still purchased Part A through monthly
payments. 2. I pay a monthly fee for Part B (medical insurance). 3. I pay a
monthly fee for supplemental insurance through a private insurance company. 4.
I pay a monthly fee for Part D (drug coverage) to a private insurance company,
5. For things not covered, I pay directly when billed by medical providers. No
one is giving me anything for free. I think this model is worth exploring for covering
younger people. The discussion needs to include how to pay for it.
Mike Befeler is the author of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit mystery novels: Retirement Homes Are Murder, Living With Your Kids Is Murder, Senior Moments Are Murder, Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, nominated for the Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012, Care Homes Are Murder and Nursing Homes Are Murder. The series features octogenarian Paul Jacobson who suffers from short-term memory loss. He's also author of two paranormal mysteries: The V V Agency, and The Back Wing. Recent publications include Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse and a biography, For Liberty: A World War II Soldier's Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience.