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Six Best Suspense DuosSix Best Suspense Duos

Six Best Suspense Duos   In a lot of my favorite suspense and detective fiction, there is one main protagonist around whom the whole story revolves. Right now, I’m reading the latest Sue Grafton book. Kinsey Millhone is a great example—she does it all. But as much as I like the lone wolf, the hard-driving […]


Top Five Places to Find Writing InspirationTop Five Places to Find Writing Inspiration

Top Five Places to Find Writing Inspiration One of my favorite parts of writing is the noodling. I love the mulling that comes before I’ve committed to what a story will be. I love choosing the tiniest grain of an idea and then going off to look for the things that will transform it into […]


 On Agents, Publishers, Promotion, and Other Lessons Learned on the Road to PublicationOn Agents, Publishers, Promotion, and Other Lessons Learned on the Road to Publication

 On Agents, Publishers, Promotion, and Other Lessons Learned on the Road to Publication I took up writing after a lengthy career in business. Having qualified as a barrister in London and practiced law for a short time, I became a corporate executive working for other people for many years in Europe and the U.S. Then, […]


Top 10 Unreliable Narrators 

Top 10 Unreliable Narrators    After writing a novel with an unreliable narrator, I’m often asked to name my favorite unreliable narrators out there who inspired me, whether I realized it at the time or not. We’re all unreliable narrators of sorts in our own lives, of course. Especially with social media: we can filter […]


After the FireExcerpt from Henning Mankell’s Novel AFTER THE FIRE…

Excerpt from Henning Mankell’s Novel AFTER THE FIRE… (Translated by Marlaine Delargy) Chapter II I watched as one boat after another disappeared, the sounds of the different engines gradually dying away. I knew who each person was out here in the archipelago. There are two dominant families: the Hanssons and the Westerlunds. Many of them […]


J.A. Jance Interviewed

J.A. Jance Interviewed Proof Of Life by J. A. Jance brings back retired detective J. P. Beaumont. The difference between these novels and the other series Jance writes is that these blend sarcastic humor within the mystery. Now retired Beaumont (Beau) searches for something to keep him busy. But thanks to his longtime nemesis, Seattle […]


How My Teenage Diaries Inspired My NovelHow My Teenage Diaries Inspired My Novel

How My Teenage Diaries Inspired My Novel   When I decided to write a novel with a dual timeline—present day with flashbacks to 1989—I got out my old teenage diaries for a bit of inspiration. As you might expect, there were times where I laughed or cringed as I read, but actually I was mostly […]


Agatha Christie’s Family Murder PartyDVD Review– Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games

DVD Review– Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games   The DVD releases of Agatha Christie’s Family Murder Party and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games are French adaptations of Christie novels, originally released under the title The Little Murders of Agatha Christie (Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie). The productions are notable for taking […]


Interview with Kyle Mills

Interview with Kyle Mills As in The Third Option, Enemy Of The State’s plot has Mitch Rapp going somewhat rogue. He is asked by the president to perform a mission that is completely off the books, tracking down, interrogating, and killing members of the Saudi royal family who appear to be working with ISIS. Although […]


TOP 10 SPRINGSTEEN CRIME SONGSTOP 10 SPRINGSTEEN CRIME SONGS

TOP 10 SPRINGSTEEN CRIME SONGS   Bruce Springsteen has mentioned in interviews his being influenced by James M. Cain, Flannery O’Connor, and Jim Thompson, the latter holding a special place in his heart for the writer’s concision, power, and purity. It’s no surprise. One need only listen to Springsteen’s album Nebraska, many of its tracks […]


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