Connie Nelson presented a workshop entitled “My Self-Publishing Journey” on Tuesday, February 21,
2023, for the New Mexico Book Association (NMBA). She says that she couldn’t have published her
book without the support of New Mexico Book Association members and the training and resources she
was able to utilize through NMBA.
In her workshop, she walked through the series of decisions she had to make to publish her book,
“Cavalier – The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town” in July 2022. She calls her book a true
crime memoir. It is the story of her friend Jack’s murder in 1986. As the title implies, the murder
remains unsolved 37 years later.
Connie has always been a writer, but she had never been an author. In the seven months since her book
was self-published, Connie says she’s learned that publishing a book is not the last step. She’s been
busy doing interviews, sending books to reviewers, and promoting her book through in-person events.
During her self-publishing journey, Connie says she’s learned that you can’t be afraid to ask questions
and that your contacts are usually willing to help you in some way.
The handouts and presentation are available through the NMBA website for a fee to non-members:
Cavalier is mentioned in The Vault Unlocked, a part of The Forum, the largest news company in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
On Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Connie will be presenting a workshop for New Mexico Book Association. She will be sharing her self-publishing journey and walk through the series of decisions she had to make to publish her book Cavalier - The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town.
You can sign up to the workshop by clicking here.
"Cavalier" is featured in the University of North Dakota (UND) Alumni Magazine Winter 2022 edition
I was thrilled to see my book prominently displayed as a UND alumni author in the winter University of North Dakota Alumni Magazine. The university has a “Alumni Authors” spotlight at www.UNDalumni.org/authors . Thanks for including my book! I was happy to see that Dr. Jack Wahl, the subject of my book, was mentioned as a UND alumni. He graduated from the UND Medical School in 1966.
To see the complete magazine, click here.
My grandson John is a student at the University of Idaho located in Moscow, Idaho. His brother attends
Washington State, just 20 miles away. Since I have grandsons living near the site of the murder, I have
had a special interest in the news reports. I’m happy to report that the boys have returned home for
the Thanksgiving holiday, so they are safe!
For readers who haven’t followed the college student murders in Moscow, Idaho, it’s been eight days since the murder of four coeds in their apartment late Saturday night, November 12, 2022. At this time, neither the police nor the FBI investigators have released any names of a person-of-interest, thus the entire community is “on edge”.
There are so many similarities to the murder I wrote about in my book, “Cavalier – The Story of an
Unsolved Murder in a Small Town”. I hope that this murder doesn’t remain unsolved for many reasons.
Here are some of the reports I’ve heard that align with the 1986 murder I wrote about:
- Moscow, Idaho is a small town.
- Moscow investigators have little or no experience with murder investigations.
- A knife was utilized to kill the students. The murder weapon hasn’t been found.
- Murder with a knife is so personal since the murderer is touching the victims while killing them,
rather than shooting them from a distance.
- The students left their apartment door open for visitors, it was not secured.
- There are few cameras in the area.
- The students sound like they may have been drinking and may have passed out.
Thankfully, the FBI is assisting the local investigators. The FBI didn’t help with the investigation of my
friend Jack’s murder, except for some lab analysis.
Regardless, a week has passed since these terrible murders in Moscow, Idaho. My research shows that
unless there are solid leads uncovered within the first 72 hours, the case may go cold. I hope not.
My grandson and his college friends will never forget this experience, just like my friend’s murder has
impacted my outlook on life for the past 36 years. I feel bad for the students, the roommates, the
college and of course the families involved. They will never be the same.
Connie L Nelson
A personal interview of Connie with Carly Newfeld from The Last Word podcast.
Click here to the interview.
Connie's interview with Richard Eeds from the Coffee and Culture show on Santa Fe's KTRC.
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This is an event you won't want to miss. Connie will be hosting a meet and greet, book signing and talking about her new book, Cavalier: The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town. The event will take place in the town where it all happened, Cavalier.
Join Connie on Thursday, September 1 at 11 AM - 1 PM at the Cavalier Public Library, North Dakota.
This is a chance to meet Connie in person and to ask any questions you might have about her true-crime memoir, Cavalier: The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town.
See details of the event by clicking here.
"My book club meets monthly at Joe’s Diner in Santa Fe. It’s a great group of retired career women with varied perspectives. The book choices recommended by the members always help me to stretch! Next month, we’re reading “Travels with George (Washington)” but this month the group wanted to review my book. We had a lively discussion mostly centered on who were the best candidates for the actual murderer. The group said that they enjoyed hearing about how my friend’s murder had impacted my life, and agreed that I’m a survivor!"
- Connie L. Nelson
Connie's meet and greet and book signing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.