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Interview with Lawrence H. Levy: “I’m at an age where the money isn’t as important as telling my story the right way.”

Interview with Lawrence H. Levy: “I’m at an age where the money isn’t as important as telling my story the right way.”   AFG: How did the whole entertainment industry work start for you? LL: I started out wanting to be an actor, and after college I studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner […]


AMERICA’S FIRST CELEBRITY SPY

Spy Sites of New York; A Guide to the Region’s Secret History by H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace with Henry Schlesinger chronicles espionage history in America’s leading city. During the Revolutionary War battles between the British and the Patriots for control of New York created stories about spy master George Washington, spy hunter John […]


Five Irish Myths and Legends We Take for The Truth

Five Irish Myths and Legends We Take for Truth   When I started researching and writing No Stone Unturned, I had a tremendous task at hand.  Given the fact that my main characters are Irish and the plot is steeped in Irish history and mystery, I needed to learn about all things Irish.  From the […]


THE SPY NEXT DOOR — WHO KNEW?

In their newly released book, Spy Sites of New York; A Guide to the Region’s Secret History, intelligence historians H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace  with Hnry Schlesinger document the tradecraft used by Anna Chapman and other Russian spies to create identities and covers that enable them blend seamlessly into the U.S. urban environment. These […]


Shake the branches of family trees—you never what you might find…

Shake the branches of family trees—you never what you might find… When writing about crime and serial killers, I usually delve into the characters’ family, upbringing and environment to discover the root of their evil. In my books, I like to have a link to their past. I’m fascinated by heritage and family tree’s and […]


Writing Serial Killer Thrillers (Part III)

Writing Serial Killer Thrillers (Part III)     Part III of this blog series “Writing Serial Killer Thriller’s” will cover some of the global aspects of serial killing.   Rick was a homicide detective and gained a unique perspective when he caught a serial killer in 2000. He retired from law enforcement after 26 years. […]


Top Five Creepiest Serial KillersThe Anatomy of a Serial Killer

The Anatomy of a Serial Killer (Author Katherine Ramsland took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about the anatomy, the behaviors and the pathology of serial killers) TSM: When did you first get interested in this subject? KR: My initial interest came from a serial killer operating in my hometown […]


San Francisco and Mysteries

  A sampling of mysteries set in 19th-century San Francisco   When you think of “mysteries set in San Francisco,” what comes to mind? Maybe your thoughts turn to Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, or you envision noir-ish protagonists such as Bill Pronzini’s Nameless Detective, Kelli Stanley’s Miranda Corbie, or Mark Coggins’ August Riordan walking […]


Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search Histories...The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration   Let’s start with a couple of definitions.   Plotter: A writer who carefully plans the story they’re going to write, laying out a logical plot chapter by chapter and actually sticking with the plan. Pantster: A seat-of-the-pants writer who doesn’t know on page five what’s going to happen on page […]


Agatha’s Back: Five Mysteries That Channel the Queen of Crime

Agatha’s Back: Five Mysteries That Channel the Queen of Crime When filmmaker Rian Johnson’s latest movie Knives Out hit theaters in late 2019, it was met with both critical acclaim and box office success. Some called it a “star-studded thriller,” others “a romping delight,” but there was one constant: almost everyone likened the film to the […]


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