Can a Kitchen Inspire Suspense Novels?

Can a Kitchen Inspire Suspense Novels? A few years ago my husband and I sat down and looked over our life plan. After a lot of soul-searching and investigation, we realized that he could retire at the end of that year. We could move from the Chicago suburbs, buy a couple of acres near our […]

Female Cops Throughout History

Female Cops Throughout History   I work for the Denver Sheriff Department and we handle the jails. I’m not on the front lines, but in the Data Science Unit where I conduct research. But women are on the front lines. It’s not unusual for one female deputy to guard an open pod of 64 men […]

Top Ten Quotes from Writers I’ve lived in France for twenty years and when I tell people that I’m a writer, they often gasp in awe and say that I must be so terribly inspired to be able to write

Top Ten Quotes from Writers

Top Ten Quotes from Writers I’ve lived in France for twenty years and when I tell people that I’m a writer, they often gasp in awe and say that I must be so terribly inspired to be able to write. The French greatly esteem writers and writing. Which brings me to my first quote:   […]

The Dark Side of the Human Psyche

The Dark Side of the Human Psyche Write what you know, they say. It’s good advice that I sometimes wish I followed better. My current series features co-protagonists: Tai, my gun-shop-owning narrator, and Trey, her ex-SWAT partner. Their lives are filled with murder and mayhem, corpses and criminals. My life is filled with laundry and […]

Bringing Back Gothic Mysteries To New Readers

Bringing Back Gothic Mysteries To New Readers One of the interesting things about being a writer is reading a fabulous book, finishing it, and thinking, “Why did that work on such a visceral level? What gave it that special pop that made me put it on my keeper shelf?”   Okay, most people, notably my […]

Top Five Female Detectives

Top Five Female Detectives The mystery genre is filled with interesting sub-genres: domestic suspense, spy thriller, political thriller, noir, cozy, legal thriller, supernatural thriller, romantic suspense. But procedurals, populated with amateur and professional sleuths, may be one of the best-known sub-genres. From classic detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe to more modern-day examples such […]

Are You Really Who You Write?

Are You Really Who You Write? Is that really you? When you write historical fiction, how much of the contemporary writer goes into a protagonist who lives in another era? And why do you want to write about the long-ago past anyway? Good questions, and ones I am asked often. The answers aren’t as simple […]

TOP TEN MOST TERRIFYING GHOSTLY TALES TO READ THIS AUTUMN

10 Settings To Give You The Creeps

10 Settings to Give you the Creeps   Call me a thrill seeker, but there’s nothing better than a great book with a creepy setting that compels you to turn the page, even when all you want to do is stuff the book in the freezer like Joey on Friends. Here are ten recent, and […]

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business...

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business…

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business…   Where there’s mystery there’s a sidekick. Most of these can be described with the hyphenated long-suffering. In fact, that’s probably the main prerequisite for becoming a fictional sidekick. Their essential function is as helpmate and sounding board to the main character and usually acknowledged “real” […]

Can a murder scene have a taste?

Let Your Senses Run Wild

Let Your Senses Run Wild   As a suspense and thriller author, I write a lot of murder scenes. It’s a hazard of the job. Sometimes I write them in the moment, as the blade is being swung or the trigger is pulled; sometimes it’s the seconds that immediately follow. And other times, the scenes […]

Five Ways to Begin Your Book

Five Ways to Begin Your Book My favorite part of writing is the beginning of a book. It’s exciting because I feel free to do anything I want. I haven’t painted myself into a corner yet. Or questioned who came up with this stupid plot? Or slogged through the middle where I’m looking around for […]