Ten Ways to De-Stress during the holidays…

Ten Ways to De-Stress during the holidays… Like everything, the holidays will pass, learn to enjoy them! And you’ll need to take a few moments amid the rush and the madness of buying gifts, hurrying to get to holiday parties, and making sure nobody is forgotten to realize that a day after Christmas, you’ll be […]

SEVEN MYSTERIOUS TALES WITH SKEWED (& CONFUSED) NARRATION

SEVEN MYSTERIOUS TALES WITH SKEWED (& CONFUSED) NARRATION   By Vivan Barz, author of Forgotten Bones   Celebrating her debut novel, Forgotten Bones, a police procedural featuring a schizophrenic college professor who sees ghostly visions that mirror details of an open murder case, Vivian Barz creates a list of her favorite mysteries with skewed (and […]

6 Books to Buddy-Read with your Teen or Twentyish Daughter

6 Books to Buddy-Read with your Teen or Twentyish Daughter by Kelly Simmons   I have three daughters in their early twenties, and I honestly believe I’ve experienced every type of bored teenager and college student mood imaginable.  There’s nothing to do, no one’s home, there’s nothing to eat, why couldn’t we go to Europe […]

Are you going to make me a character in your book?

Are you going to make me a character in your book?   When people discover you’re a writer, there are a lot of reactions: Have I read you? Should I know you? And— Are you going to make me a character in your book? The answer: No. You’re not interesting enough.   I know somewhere […]

What are you afraid of as an adult?

What are you afraid of as adult? There are many things writers dream of – critical acclaim, perhaps, or an international bestseller – but for some of us, a nod from Stephen King will always be top of the wishlist. Well, C.J. Tudor has all three. “If you like my stuff, you’ll like this,” King […]

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.”

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.” For so much of the time, our lives progress in predictable ways. We have our routines and expectations, and we have people close to us – especially our families – whom we think we know. What could be more unnerving, then, than the sudden […]

Why do readers like to be frightened?

Why do readers like to be frightened?     They say a good series detective needs a town, a city, a beat for them to walk. Rebus has Edinburgh, Morse has Oxford, and so on. But another way of looking at it might be that every place needs a detective. Bradford is an industrial city […]