Champagne with the FBI*

* Some names have been changed to protect the innocent…or not so innocent. Mystery writers are not like normal people. Call me ghoulish, but nothing gives me a charge like hanging out with cops, coroners, emergency room doctors, etc. who deal with the aftermath of crimes. Recently I attended the terrific Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. It offered a smorgasbord of experts in various fields, directly or indirectly related to writing. On Saturday afternoon, I fell into the…

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How To Write A Damn Synopsis

With election season upon us, I conducted a completely unscientific poll geared toward writers. The question: “Would you rather write a synopsis or undergo an IRS audit?” The results: 64% of authors chose the audit, 32% were undecided, and 4% of write-in votes said they rather pump out a septic tank. Okay, I made that up, but based on anecdotal evidence gathered over decades, the vast majority of writers hate to write a synopsis. Why is it so damn hard?…

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