My most recent road trip was to San Jose – a whole 30 miles from home. It seemed farther away only because when I got there, I entered another world, the world of miniatures.
The annual Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures, a fundraiser for a medical library, attracts more than 100 dealers from all over the world. I'm there representing the world of fiction with my Miniature Mysteries series.
As a kid, I made tiny curtains for my dollhouse out of old hankies — I hardly imagined that one day I'd be writing mysteries featuring a character who makes tiny curtains out of old hankies. It's been pretty special to be able to combine two passions.
Right or wrong, I feel I can hold my own among mystery writers, but when I cruise the aisles of a show like Good Sam, I hardly admit to being a miniaturist myself. These vendors are artists; I tinker. These vendors produce exquisite items; I have a lot of fun doing crafts.
Here are samples of their work.
What a road trip! For 7 hours I lived among miniaturists and their wares, sold some books, and called it research!