The Kill Zone Blog Wins Award

For fans and writers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, The Kill Zone is a terrific online hangout. Eleven bestselling authors rotate daily posts. The archives add up to a master course in crime writing. You never know what surprises you’ll find at TKZ.  Sue Coletta described allowing herself to be sealed in… Continue reading

You Never Forget Your First Time

  It was magical, exciting, more thrilling than I’d ever dreamed of…… No, not that! I’m talking about my first time as the featured author at a book club. Recently, I reconnected with a Zumba class I hadn’t seen for a year. In catch-up conversation, I mentioned my novel had… Continue reading

Five New Year’s Tips to Overcome Butt-in-Chair Syndrome

The writer’s job is to plunk our butts in chairs and produce words day in, day out. As a result, posture suffers, eyes blur, brains fog, carpals cramp, and rear ends keep getting wider. In extreme cases, Butt-in-Chair Syndrome leads to the dreaded Dead Butt Syndrome (you can’t make this… Continue reading

HOW DO YOU READ? PRINT BOOKS, EBOOKS, OR AUDIO BOOKS?

My husband is a “collector” and I’m a “tosser.” We share a running joke: I swear I’m going to die first because I don’t want to clean out the garage! But…we both love to read and are both guilty of filling any available empty space with books. His huge collection makes our bookshelves sag–World… Continue reading

GIVING THANKS FOR DARK BLESSINGS

Without villains, there are no heroes. Without conflict, there is no story. Without lies, greed, theft, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rape, and murder, there is no crime fiction. Those of us who write mystery, suspense, and thrillers embrace evil as a dark blessing to our chosen profession. Sue Grafton famously admits… Continue reading