TOP TEN MOST TERRIFYING GHOSTLY TALES TO READ THIS AUTUMN

10 Settings To Give You The Creeps

10 Settings to Give you the Creeps   Call me a thrill seeker, but there’s nothing better than a great book with a creepy setting that compels you to turn the page, even when all you want to do is stuff the book in the freezer like Joey on Friends. Here are ten recent, and […]

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Ten Writing Tips

Five Tips for Writing a Suspense Novel

Five Tips for Writing a Suspense Novel The pops of an old house settling. The creak of a door. The haunting silence of being alone. These are some of my favorite sounds, so choosing to write suspense wasn’t a stretch for me when I decided to give penning a novel a go. Over the years, […]

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business...

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business…

Six of the Best Sidekicks in the Detective Business…   Where there’s mystery there’s a sidekick. Most of these can be described with the hyphenated long-suffering. In fact, that’s probably the main prerequisite for becoming a fictional sidekick. Their essential function is as helpmate and sounding board to the main character and usually acknowledged “real” […]

Can a murder scene have a taste?

Let Your Senses Run Wild

Let Your Senses Run Wild   As a suspense and thriller author, I write a lot of murder scenes. It’s a hazard of the job. Sometimes I write them in the moment, as the blade is being swung or the trigger is pulled; sometimes it’s the seconds that immediately follow. And other times, the scenes […]

Five Ways to Begin Your Book

Five Ways to Begin Your Book My favorite part of writing is the beginning of a book. It’s exciting because I feel free to do anything I want. I haven’t painted myself into a corner yet. Or questioned who came up with this stupid plot? Or slogged through the middle where I’m looking around for […]

The Top Ten Screen and TV Swindles

The Top Ten Screen and TV Swindles   Lying is what humans do, often and with zest. But lying on a grand scale—propagating an elaborate swindle or scam, grifting, conniving, and deceiving for illicit gains—is a rare skill. When we see such a display of social-engineering artistry, in fiction or in real life, a reluctant […]

Exploring The Disposable Woman Trope

  Exploring The Disposable Woman Trope   My bio mentions a Peeping Tom who plagued our house when I was around twelve years old. And, when I say plagued, I mean he visited our home once or twice a week for over a year. And he was never caught! My mother was a beautiful actress […]

Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction One morning last summer, seemingly everyone I’d ever met in my life got in touch to tell me the same thing: the plot I’d made up for my debut thriller had just happened in real life. I’d written about an Irishman who discovers that his girlfriend has gone missing from a cruise […]

Ten Women of Mystery Authors To Read This Week!

Ten Women of Mystery Authors To Read This Week!   I don’t know if last year was particularly rich for books by women crime writers, but I was impressed with several. A few of the writers have published other series or standalones and are striking out with a new series. Others are completely new on […]

Dogs With a Badge: Writing stories about K9s

Dogs With a Badge: Writing Stories About K9s

Dogs With a Badge: Writing Stories About K9s   A few years ago, I was asked by my publisher to write a suspense story with a K9 dog as one of the main characters. I was excited and a bit intimidated by the task but I accepted the offer with anticipation. As a dog lover […]

Ah, The Wonderful vices Crime Writers Indulge In

Ah, The Wonderful Vices Crime Writers Indulge In…

Ah, The Wonderful Vices Crime Writers Indulge In…   When you become a crime writer, even an aspiring one, there are a bunch of behaviors that are suddenly excused by your vocation that non-crime lovers might find… odd. Gone are the days that an entire weekend might be considered “wasted” lying on the couch letting […]