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Why We Love Crime Fiction Even Though We Hate Crime

Even when the headlines are not full of tragedy, it’s not always easy being a crime writer. I worry about the moral implications of contemplating violent death. I sat at my keyboard with tears running down my face while writing … 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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The Best Thing You Can Do For Your (Writing) Career

Think about your career. What is the hardest thing you have to do? Writers will tell you it’s writing, and I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’m talking about something else. In any career, there’s the part you love, and … 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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How Miss Marple is like a hot dog

I talk about my favorite amateur sleuths on the Algonquin Redux blog… When you think about any mystery series that you love, it’s all about the characters. Sure, you pick up that first book because the story sounds intriguing, but … 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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Why I’m obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I describe describe the nature of obsession on the Criminal Element blog… Obsession. The grand passion that drives a nominally sane member of society to destruction, murder, and madness. Great literature of every era has explored this topic: Ahab’s obsession … Continue reading

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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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Naked Bicyclists, Drippy Showers, and the Perils of Planless Peregrination

I describe what happens when taking a trip “on the fly” on the Criminal Element blog… When it comes to travel, I’ve always been a bit of a planner. Okay, I’ve always been a giant, monster-size devour-the-world sort of planner. … 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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