Thanks to ProWritingAid’s Crime Writers’ Week conference, I can check panel moderator off the list of things I’ve never done. I hosted a Thriller Panel Discussion with Karin Slaughter, Jennifer Hillier, Lisa Gardner, Ian Rankin, and Steve Berry. Was I nervous? Heck, yeah. Should I have been? Nope. All of the panelists were charming and witty and graceful, and a fabulous time was had by all.Read more
My first time moderating a panel. Whoo boy. I know I won’t be perfect, but I’ll do my best to be good.Read more
Sticky notes on your back? Oil on the doorknob? Pranks in real life are annoying. Tricks in crime fiction are deadly.Read more
What real-life story would you like to see fictionalized on page or screen? Maybe a story inspired by a weird fact? History? The odd guy who lives down the street? The woman three doors down who only leaves the house on Thursdays?Read more
Reading a room, even when you’re not physically in it.Read more
The history of Black American crime fiction dates back to the 1930sRead more
I was chatting with my blog-mates earlier about literary feasts—who would we invite and what would we serve, that kind of thing.
The conversation reminded me of real-life literary feasts, like those hosted by Chantal Tseng (@ShinobiPaws). Chantal is a bartender and sherry specialist who earns her living these days by crafting custom cocktails.Read more
It’s cookie season! Girl Scout cookies, that is. I bought a box or four from a friend’s daughter. Cookie sales have gone high tech. I ordered online and had the sweet treats shipped to me. That’s a big change from my Scouting days, when we had to go door-to-door with a paper order form and had to hand-deliver the cookies.
Since book and booze pairings are also a thing, I decided, why not book and Girl Scout cookies?Read more
Leaves trade their greens for gold, orange, and red. The chill in the air lures sweaters from closets and cabinets.[…]Read more
A deadly pandemic. Protests against racial injustice. Unemployment at levels not seen since the Great Depression. Seismic social upheaval. Wrapping[…]Read more