Archive for May, 2015

So, I said I would give an update on whether the Gallagher Law Library helped me out or not. I am so pleased to say that their response time was amazingly quick–Stewart at Gallagher sent me an email approximately twelve hours after I sent in my question. Thank you, Stewart!

He gave me a few ideas for resources and introduced me to Google Scholar. Google Scholar can help you find lawsuits. He also suggested some related subjects that might help me out in my research. I’ve spent some time researching and still haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for, but Stewart definitely pointed me in the right direction, and I am so grateful!

I also want to give a quick update on my scheduled author events: I will be at the Big Rapids Community Library in Big Rapids, MI, for their Authorpalooza! This event is the kickoff for their summer reading program. Come visit me and other authors from 12-2 on June 12.

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I’m really trying to get my next book out this year. Can you believe that this September will mark three years since I published Illegally Innocent? I never intended to take this long to release my next book, but the past couple of years have been extremely busy with really great things, like planning my wedding (and then participating in the actual wedding, of course); house shopping (Pretty sure Mike and I toured approximately 100 houses on our search. Not joking. Thankfully my dad is a Realtor and was patient with us.); and then spending large amounts of time fixing up our house when we finally bought it last summer.

Anyway, the past month or so I’ve been trying to devote a little more time to writing, but I’ve been kind of stuck on how to handle a legal situation in my plot. I debated throwing my questions out there on Facebook to see if I might have any friends with “lawyerly” knowledge who could help, but then I also have to decide just how much of my plot to give away. So, I started Googling things, and I found the website for the Gallagher Law Library in Washington. They accept questions by email and can help you find references for legal information pertaining to your situation. I just sent the email tonight, and the website said it would take a couple of days. Once I hear back from them, I will let you know if I felt like this experiment was worth it or not. If I’m still feeling as though I don’t have the information I need at that point, then I might have to put my questions on Facebook. If you’d like to try out this website, here it is: https://lib.law.washington.edu/questions.html.

I’m also gearing up for two author events next week–I’m speaking to a group of elementary-school students at a homeschool co-op on May 6, and I’m participating in the second annual Ransom District Library Author Fair on May 7. The author fair lasts from 6-8 p.m., and you will be able to chat with 25 Michigan authors (including me), buy books, and listen to the keynote speaker, author Wade Rouse, at 7:30. Stop by the library for this fun event! I’d love to see you.