Authors know—once you begin writing, there’s no turning back. You’ll never read a book again without noticing stuff like dialogue tags, metaphors, and plot structure. You’ll never meet someone new without, in the back of your mind, filing away certain physical characteristics and mannerisms for future use. You’ll never read printed material without wielding your metaphorical red pencil. And you’ll certainly never observe life around you without asking the question, “What if…?”Read more
I’ve had mixed experiences with writer groups. So, I asked my Sister Miss D’s about their experiences and this is what they said.Read more
As writers (at least as writers in the U.S.), we are expected to give away a portion of our product. We give away signed books, ebooks, short stories, novellas, etc.
And I don’t even want to put in writing what someone asked me to give away today. Let’s just say the request that landed in my inbox made me think long and hard about the value of a FREE THING.Read more
One of the first choices an author makes when putting pen to paper is point of view (POV). Although not always a conscious decision, it sets a key path for the story.Read more
“O sleep, O gentle sleep” I suffer from periods of insomnia. I don’t toss and turn and fret over the[…]Read more
You think of me as a mystery writer, right? But I also write romances. And I’d never read a romance before I accidently wrote one.
Sounds silly right? When I started writing my first NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli mystery, I thought Corelli’s love interest, Brett Cummings, was a man. But when I was writing the scene where they meet, the Brett who showed up on the page, was a woman. I was shocked. I tried changing her back to the man I intended but once she was on stage, I couldn’t go back.Read more
Themes. I’m intrigued by themes in books. What fascinates me is how they creep into a story unconsciously, slowly. Someone[…]Read more
Last night I went to the Morgan Library’s new exhibit on Hans Holbein the Younger, who lived and worked in England during the reign of King Henry VIII. The exhibit was titled “Capturing Character,” and, as a writer, it was fascinating to have a chance to look closely at these paintings.Read more
When people hear I’m an author of mystery novels, they often ask how I manage my work. I’d like to[…]Read more
One of the challenges mystery writers face is coming up with new ways of killing people. Fortunately, there’s no shortage[…]Read more