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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

Really had fun doing Gary Bowden’s radio interview, broadcast on WAJR-FM, Clarksburg; WBTQ-FM, Buckhannon and WSWW-FM, Summerville during my book tour of West Virginia. Gary asked thought-provoking questions, and I later heard from listeners that they enjoyed the program. If you like, you can listen to the podcast via the link below. My interview comes …

“a fascinating study of the damage dark secrets can do to an individual, a family and a community…at the same time, a lot of gentle humor…two unusual but thoroughly engaging protagonists…an excellent crime novel but also a story of redemption” – Carol Westron, mystery people.co.uk.

“A lovely and transcendent reminder of how powerful Southern fiction can be….keeps the reader on edge…I loved this book and looked forward to every moment I spent reading it. Child’s Play is a powerful coming of age novel with an unforgettable cast of characters. It’s most highly recommended.” – Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

Many thanks to crime mystery author Sally Spedding for crafting such a fun interview and Mystery People Editor Lizzie Hayes for publishing it both on the MP website and on Lizzie’s blog. Sally asked really thoughtful questions, and I had to go deep in some cases to make sure I did them justice. I had fun doing the …

So exciting to learn that the Readers’ Favorite Website has awarded Malice on the Mekong five stars! Here are a few excerpts: “Great entertainment…breathtaking language..powerful and evocative..a beautiful tapestry on which the gripping story is masterfully designed…hard to put down…classic story that will be remembered for the beautiful characters, the unforgettable setting, and events so …

Thanks to Lizzie Hayes and her blog for previewing Carol Westron’s review which will appear on the Mystery People website in October. Wonderfully encouraging when a teacher of Creative Writing submits such a positive review: “…author shows great skill in drawing the reader into this country, its traditions and its people…clever mystery…Anjali Rao, the chocoholic …

Want to hear a radio interview? You can listen to the interview on the Mike Queen Show, WAJR, Clarksburg, West Virginia, where I attended Washington Irving High School. To keep up with more Central West Virginia news, go directly to the show’s podcast: ajrnewsnetwork.podomatic.com.

“Keepers of Our Culture” ~ Share Your Stories For Good Cedar Street Times 4-1-2016 by Patricia Hamilton and Joyce Krieg. Nancy Swing turned her experiences living among the ex-pat community in Laos into a work of mystery fiction. Many lives, many stories, many ways of telling our stories. Certainly the most common method is to …

NANCY’S NEWS

Passing out treats at the annual Booktoberfest of Central Coast Writers. Got to hear some wonderful excerpts as other writers read from their latest works, and many of us offered our books for sale before and after the meeting. CCW and similar organizations are a great way for writers to network and learn from each …

A friend sent this photo of Child’s Play being featured in the South Charleston Public Library. And it’s been checked out! Always nice to know that West Virginians are reading this book set in a fictitious small town in the Mountain State.

The final stop on my book tour: Morgantown, where I attended West Virginia University as an undergrad. The WVU Libraries hosted local friends and me for a tour of the special collections and behind the scenes. Really heartwarming to see all the upgrades in the Downtown Library since my day, especially how well the new addition …

Spent a week in my home town, Clarksburg, West Virginia. This former mansion from the early 1800s was the library in my day. Now it’s reserved for special collections and meetings while the modern library next door gets lots of multimedia use. I devoted two happy afternoons to signing books in the new library, seeing …

A very special visit to the Elkins Public Library. So many folks stopped by: a troop of Girl Scouts; Kendra Collett, creative writing teacher at the high school; readers who arrived with their own copies of Child’s Play, ready to be signed. Kudos to Stephanie Murphy and her staff, who’re doing such a praiseworthy job …

Spent happy hours in Huntington, WV at Empire Books and News. Met lots of readers, signed lots of books and especially enjoyed time spent with Christine Dargusch and staff. If you’re ever in Huntington, be sure to visit this store, full not only of books, but a wealth of great gifts. Right downtown in Pullman …

Arrived in Parkersburg after a great visit in Shepherdstown with the folks at the Public Library and the Four Seasons Bookstore. And speaking of libraries, what a great new one they have at the South Branch in Parkersburg! I had the pleasure of being there on August 15th, because the main library was closed for …

West Virginia Book Tour lots of fun, starting here, at the Lewisburg Literary Festival, where I met many new readers. Talking with them and fellow West Virginia authors was a real highlight of the two days I spent in Lewisburg. While there, I was invited to speak to the final dinner of the annual meetings of …

Leaving tomorrow to train across America, pick up a car in Pittsburgh and criss-cross West Virginia, the setting of CHILD’S PLAY, on a month-long book tour. If you’re anywhere near or can call in to the Gary Bowden Show, please let me see or hear from you. All dates are August, 2017: 4 Invited to speak at …

Child’s Play is the first in a trilogy of mysteries set in a fictitious small town in West Virginia, where I grew up. Thanks to the efforts of friends and colleagues, I’ll be touring the state during the month of August, starting with the Lewisburg Literary Festival on the 4th and 5th and ending with an …

Had a wonderful time cruising to Alaska and traveling inland to Denali National Park. Lucky enough to see almost all the big mammals, but the most rewarding were really close sightings of a moose with two calves and a bear with two cubs. The only big one missed was a wolf, so this photo is obviously from an exhibit. Scenery …

Happy to report that the four scheduled performances of “The Golden Girls of Hollywood” have been such a success that a fifth has been added with inquiries about a sixth. We’ve had a lot of fun doing this staged reading, and the audiences seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. If you’d like to attend the …

Just discovered that someone is using my name on Twitter. Whoever it is, it’s not me. And the often vitriolic, venomous verbiage certainly doesn’t represent my views. So if you get a “Nancy Swing” Tweet, please note: it’s not from me!

Local author Carol Marquart is producing a staged reading of her new play, THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF HOLLYWOOD, and I have the fun of appearing as Dorothy Manners, one of the gossip queens of a long-ago era. The cast of characters includes Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons and Bette Davis. If you’re in the Monterey Bay area, come …

The first book in my West Virginia trilogy of mysteries is ready for purchase on http://amazon.com. Easiest way to find it is to type my name in the Search box and then click on the cover. Set in the fictitious small town of Lewiston, CHILD’S PLAY features Eden Jones, a thirteen year-old girl who’s learned most of …