The Top 5 Books with Sisters in the Title

The Top 5 Books with Sisters in the Title The relationship between siblings is a unique one. It’s also one I have no personal experience with, being a proud only child. (And by the way, it’s not true that we’re weird, spoiled, or lonely!) Of course, not having firsthand knowledge of something only makes one […]

A Stranger Comes to Town & Other Newly Iconic Plots

“A Stranger Comes to Town” & Other Newly Iconic Plots

A Stranger Comes to Town & Other Newly Iconic Plots Depending on the source, there are as few as three or as many as thirty-six plots. (Foster-Harris’s trio includes “happy ending,” “unhappy ending,” and “super unhappy ending” AKA “tragedy,” while George Polti’s more nuanced selections range from “daring enterprise” to “slaying of unrecognized kin.”) Seven […]

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search Histories...

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…   My internet search history has to have me on someone’s suspicious-people-to-watch list somewhere. As an author of a YA thriller, I’ve had to research some pretty unusual things. Sometimes they tend to be a little dark; hence, my concern about what the internet watchdogs think […]

My Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]

Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…

Those With Badges and Those Without Badges Five Characters You Should Know More About…   Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of heroes in crime fiction: those with badges and those without. The inhabitants of the first category—cops, spies, prosecutors–have power, resources and information bestowed on them by the government. The state authorizes them to […]

The World of Small-Town Policing

The World of Small-Town Policing

The World of Small-Town Policing I’m a rabid fan of crime fiction, especially hard-boiled procedurals. Back in the ’70s, I cut my literary teeth on Joe Wambaugh and Elmore Leonard.  These days my favorites include Mike Connelly, Don Winslow, Tami Hoag, and T. Jefferson Parker. Each of them is known for procedural detail and characters […]

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?) The recent rumors that Mel Gibson is looking to adapt the 1983 novel Dancing Bear by James Crumley for television is exciting news. Gibson, the force behind 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, is in talks with Chinatown (1974) screenwriter Robert Towne and Black Swan (2010) producer Mike Medavoy to bring […]