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 […]

The Top Ten Screen and TV Swindles

The Top Ten Screen and TV Swindles   Lying is what humans do, often and with zest. But lying on a grand scale—propagating an elaborate swindle or scam, grifting, conniving, and deceiving for illicit gains—is a rare skill. When we see such a display of social-engineering artistry, in fiction or in real life, a reluctant […]

Exploring The Disposable Woman Trope

  Exploring The Disposable Woman Trope   My bio mentions a Peeping Tom who plagued our house when I was around twelve years old. And, when I say plagued, I mean he visited our home once or twice a week for over a year. And he was never caught! My mother was a beautiful actress […]

Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction One morning last summer, seemingly everyone I’d ever met in my life got in touch to tell me the same thing: the plot I’d made up for my debut thriller had just happened in real life. I’d written about an Irishman who discovers that his girlfriend has gone missing from a cruise […]

Ten Women of Mystery Authors To Read This Week!

Ten Women of Mystery Authors To Read This Week!   I don’t know if last year was particularly rich for books by women crime writers, but I was impressed with several. A few of the writers have published other series or standalones and are striking out with a new series. Others are completely new on […]