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 are almost always puzzles and riddles to solve. Plus, not everyone’s idea of an exciting read involves coming across […]

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 […]

The Top Ten Thieves in Pop Culture

The Top Ten Thieves in Pop Culture by Glen Erik Hamilton We love thieves.  Not in real life, naturally; the commandment and laws against stealing exist for good reason.  But on the page, short of a character seeking justice, there’s hardly anything readers root for more than a protagonist who’s trying to take what they […]

Book Review: Clean Hands

Book Review: Clean Hands   Clean Hands is a slick, fast-moving thriller, written with skill and aplomb by a talented writer who knows how to keep action flowing swiftly.  It’s very neatly crafted, and reads like a taut suspense movie.  Patrick Hoffman does a lot really well with his novel, but there are a few shortcomings that […]

Creative Writing Courses

Creative Writing Courses One of the questions I am sometimes asked is if I feel it’s advisable to take creative writing courses? For me, the answer is both yes and no as every writer will have their own unique journey. However, by delving into my own experiences of courses, I hope to explore the answer […]