I have just spent two weeks of evenings buried in the dark of a theatre. My favourite pastime is amateur drama, and recently the theatre I am involved with had a blank space due to an illness of a member of the cast of a play in rehearsal. It was decided to revive a production of "The 39 Steps", last put on a year ago, to fill the gap. From a standing start to first night took just over a week, and I was working backstage changing the set. It is an hilarious spoof of the film and book, and involves lots of quick scene changes, so I was very busy along with the rest of the crew. All the many parts are played by only four actors, who worked their socks off to put on an amazing show.
One of the actors is also the author and composer A K Benedict. We know her by her real first name, but as there is another author with the same name, she goes by the initials A K as a writer. She has written a lot of great material, but her first full-length novel is due out Feb 2013 from Orion. It's called "The Beauty of Murder". Look out for it, buy it, read it and enjoy.