A Homecoming, of Sorts

Jun 18, 2017

What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows.

In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out on a 6-month U. S. road trip in a custom-built motor home.

Edwards went from being a school principal and columnist to a full-time RV road warrior. Her experiences led to her first book, the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes followed by a humorous bent, Caution: Funny Signs Ahead.



Six months turned into six years, ending in Las Vegas. “No one was more surprised than I was that Las Vegas felt like home to me,” she says.

She quickly learned that living in Las Vegas is very different from visiting Las Vegas. Enchanted by this unlikely metropolis in the desert, she founded, a site dedicated to “real life in the shadow of the Strip.”



Now, Edwards is dipping into the realm of mystery writing with Getting Off on Frank Sinatra. She shares her journey from school principal to six-year roadtripper to full-time author at Flintridge Bookstore on June 21.

Getting off on Frank Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery:

“A zany, fun, action-packed tale that will keep you laughing and turning the pages. The magic of Las Vegas and its cast of characters are on full-display and will completely charm you. Getting off on Frank Sinatra is entertainment worthy of Sin City, America’s entertainment capital.”
—Deborah Coonts, author of The Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series

“Edwards makes an assured fiction debut. This amusing mystery stars aspiring journalist Copper Black, a contributor to a Las Vegas newspaper, who must navigate a multitude of personal and professional hurdles…Copper learns enough secrets to make deadly enemies before emerging bruised, battered, victorious, and primed for new comic adventures.”
—Publishers Weekly



An excerpt from Edwards’ interview with John Przybys at Las Vegas Review Journal:

Getting off on Frank Sinatra (Imbrifex Books) is Megan Edwards’ first novel and the first entry in what is planned as a mystery series featuring aspiring Las Vegas journalist Copper Black, who’s beset by plenty of the things women striving to create a career and a life in their 20s face.

But nothing—not even her boyfriend getting his almost-ex-wife pregnant or the annoying scrutiny of her Episcopal priest brother—turns out to be as complicated for Copper as happening upon the corpse of the beloved founder of Las Vegas’ most exclusive school.

JP: What would you like readers who don’t know Las Vegas to take away from reading your book?

Edwards: The basic thing is they just don’t know there’s real life here, that there’s a community of people who live here and care about it.



By the way, the novel’s title Getting off on Frank Sinatra refers to an alternate route often used by local Las Vegas residents (but, shh, keep that to yourself). 


Megan Edwards Discusses & Signs Getting off on Frank Sinatra
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.
Flintridge Bookstore, La Cañada


Up next in the Copper Black series…



Megan Edwards, “Writing Las Vegas” (excerpt):

Incorporated in 1905, it is the only major American city founded in the twentieth century. Having survived an infancy that easily could have killed it, it’s now enjoying a lively adolescence. Like teenagers everywhere, it knows how to startle and offend. It wears eyebrow-raising outfits and drinks too much. It smokes, gambles, and stays up all night. It’s got a “wild child” reputation to maintain, and it spends a lot of time and energy doing it.

Like a real teenager, Las Vegas also has a side that it chooses to keep under wraps. It goes to church, the library, and the symphony. It conserves water. It worries about what other people think, and it wonders what it’s going to do when it grows up.






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