Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Mystery Writer Who Remains a Mystery

We resume the Celery Tree Big Blog Tour today by traveling to Clarissa Draper, the mystery writer who likes to keep people guessing. Have you ever noticed there's no profile photo of Clarissa? Or any biographical information included?

Who is the elusive Clarissa Draper? 

Is she Agatha Christie reincarnated? Is she JK Rowling in disguise?  Is she actually a man? We may never know but while we ponder these deep thoughts, let's pop over to her blog and see what she he she has to say about Celery Tree.

But first, I must thank everyone who downloaded House of Diamonds yesterday, and linked about the giveaway. It had well over 1000 downloads in the first 24 hours of its free status. The last I checked it was in the top 250 of free books on the Kindle. I'm interested to see what happens in the next four days with this promotion. Sales of Uncut Diamonds also increased, improving its ranking by quite a bit.

Once the promotion ends, I'll share what we learned from it. Now on to Clarissa's!


  1. Oh wow - just literally, literally been to Clarissa's blog!! Yay!!!

    Congrats with all the downloads- double Yay!!!!

    Take care

  2. Yay, Clarissa! And drat this only blogging once a week. I missed the push yesterday. Sorry. here's hoping all the best for your new book! :o) <3

  3. Off to Clarissa's! And I downloaded your book. Something I should've already done anyway. Epic Ninja fail...

  4. That's a fantastic response to House of Diamonds. I'm already a quarter of the way through the story. I had trouble putting it down even though I didn't have a lot of time to spare.

  5. I, too, have wondered about Clarissa. I always learn something new from her posts!
    I'm off to her blog now.

  6. I'm happy about the downloads. I've never heard of Clarissa, so I better go and check her out, avid mystery reader that I am.

  7. I'm terribly curious now. Never heard of Clarissa before...

  8. Hi Clarissa and Karen - now you've got me wondering! Who is Clarissa! Good pitch .. as I want to know more ..

    Excellent that House of Diamonds has popped up so high and you've had so many downloads ..

    Cheers for now - Celery Tree is worth celebrating! Hilary

  9. Ah, the ever-mysterious Clarissa. She's got one of my favorite blogs to read. :-)