Category Archives: Writing Life

Messy is the New Creative?

I was thrilled to read a new study showing a causal link between working at a messy desk and being creative, because I can use it to rationalize what I’ve always considered to be a major personal failing. I’m not … Continue reading

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Do You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

How much does the cover of a book influence your decision, if not to buy, then at least to pick it up and take a look? Although we’d like to think otherwise, covers strongly influence our choice of reading.  Sure, … Continue reading

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Between the Lines

I decided to try my hand at another form of expression and put a few of my more humorous experiences into a visual form.  Take a look at my new cartoon and let me know what you think.

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K.B. Owen’s DANGEROUS AND UNSEEMLY Mystery Book Tour: Perry Mason

Today I welcome guest blogger K.B. Owen, whose historical mystery novel DANGEROUS AND UNSEEMLY is launching this week.  Kathy has long been one of my very favorite bloggers and now she’s one of my favorite authors. ~ Janice Hamrick How … Continue reading

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The Inexplicable Thought Processes of a Mystery Writer

It dawned on me recently that mystery writers do not think the same way that normal …um, I mean other … people think. It’s the little things: scanning the local crime reports and feeling a little disappointed that nothing eventful … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Might Not Be For You

As many of you know, National Novel Writing Month (known affectionately as NaNoWriMo) is more than halfway over.  If you aren’t already familiar with the movement, participants of NaNoWriMo attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel during November. The goal … Continue reading

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

I love getting to meet people who have read my books – it’s one of the very nicest parts of being an author. But one topic comes up frequently and yet always surprises me. People ask me where I get … Continue reading

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DEATH MAKES THE CUT arrives in style!

DEATH MAKES THE CUT arrives in bookstores today. So very excited! And it’s getting some lovely reviews: bestsellersworld.com Criminal Element Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews  

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Enter the Goodreads early copy giveaway!

My second novel, DEATH MAKES THE CUT, will be here on July 17th! My publisher is giving away 5 advance reader copies (ARCs) of DEATH MAKES THE CUT on Goodreads.com, and the contest ends on Monday, June 18th. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Malice Domestic – Not just the feeling you get when your kids won’t take out the trash

I describe attending the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention in my guest post on the Book People/ Mystery People blog … Contrary to what its name might suggest, Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention “saluting the traditional mystery”. Think Agatha … Continue reading

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