Ten Thrilling Mothers

Ten Thrilling Mothers by Jenny Milchman   Some of our oldest stories have mothers behind them—think Jocasta from Oedipus Rex or even Eve, mother of two very troubled brothers. This may be attributable to the fact that as disparate as the human experience is, we all have a mother, she’s part of our origin stories, […]

Five Thrillers with Riveting Mother-Daughter Dynamics

“A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.”   As a clinical psychologist (as well as both a daughter and a mom), I appreciate a good mother joke. Fortunately, we’re (mostly) past the days when all psychological quirks and ills are blamed on the lady who birthed us. Nonetheless, from […]

Five Debut Writers Making a Splash in the Thriller World

  Five Debut Writers Making a Splash in the Thriller World By Amy Stuart   The past few months have been a difficult time for writers promoting books, with all in-person events cancelled in favour of Zoom readings. But many debut authors have made the best of it, finding creative and unique ways to connect […]

How Soap Operas Influence My Writing

How Soap Operas Influence My Writing   When asked about my biggest influences as a writer, I usually launch into my list of literary powerhouses: Toni Morrison, Tana French, Marisha Pessl. But there’s another influence I’ve never named until now, one that has taught me more about pacing, suspense, and storytelling than any single author: […]

An Exclusive with Siri Mitchell

Strand Magazine Interview – Siri Mitchell   Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and […]

Honestly and Quintessentially British

  HONESTLY, WHAT IS AND IS WHAT IS NOT, QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH: HIGH TEA, SNOBBERY AND RESERVE My American friends (and I’m lucky enough to have many) are always a little disconcerted to discover that High Tea is not actually something we Brits do on a regular basis, nor is Afternoon Tea, really. And even if […]

Mysteries for Kids . . . and Adults!

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The thrill of catching the culprit or finding the treasure—whatever the adventure involves, fascinates book lovers of all ages. And yes, I put treasure hunting in with mysteries because there’s almost always puzzles and riddles to solve. Plus, not everyone’s idea of an exciting read involves coming across a […]

Acceptable Lies

Is it Ever OK to Tell a Lie?   We humans have one particular gift that no other creature on this planet has, the ability to communicate verbally. A gift that has built communities, knowledge and trust – ultimately civilizations and history. Maybe that is why most of us find lying so wrong, it’s squandering […]

Cozy Mysteries are a Perfect Escape in Stressful Times

Cozy Mysteries are a Perfect Escape in Stressful Times   When times are stressful, there are many methods one can use to alleviate that stress, but perhaps the most delightful is reading. Yes, it’s true, simply reading a book can lower heart rate and soothe tension according to a University of Sussex study.  I think […]