It’s Historical Mystery Award Season!

Spring seems to be the season for historical fiction and mystery writing awards: the Lefty (awarded at Left Coast Crime), the Agatha (Malice Domestic), the Edgar (Mystery Writers of America), and my new favorite, the Benjamin Franklin (Independent Book Publishers Association, aka IBPA). I’m excited to share the news that FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH… Read More

Imagine that…

If you were a cat, and not just any ordinary cat, but a sleek, black cat detective who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his ability to ferret out crime and solve murders, what would you sound like? Well, Benedict Cumberbatch, of course. Writing about anthropomorphic characters is a new twist for me but I find I’m… Read More

Picks and Chews

by Linda O. Johnston Happy May, everyone!  I’m certainly happy.  My latest Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, Pick and Chews, is a May release.  It’s the fourth book in my Barkery & Biscuits mystery series for Midnight Ink. I just attended Malice Domestic, a wonderful conference for writers and readers of traditional mysteries, held each year… Read More

The Right Wrong Turn

by Rebecca Barrett Sometimes the best things happen when you’re in search of something else. My very dear friend has a notoriously bad sense of direction. It is legend in our inner circle. When in doubt, she always turns left. To add insult to injury, she always insists on her chosen course, knowing and acknowledging… Read More

Seven absolutely criminal mystery conventions

I’m back from a very-fun-and-very-exhausting Left Coast Crime mystery con in Sparks, Nevada. Although I’ve attended lots of mystery cons as a reader and fan, this was my first time as a published author. So now I get to introduce myself as “Mystery Author, Reader, and Fan.” WHOO-HOO! Left Coast Crime had something for everyone…a… Read More

Left Coast Crime, anyone?

I’m head over heels in research for my second Fanny Newcomb historical mystery (working title…FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE FRENCH QUARTER LAUDANUM LOVER). And I’m loving it! I’m investigating historic poisons, studying Italian immigration to New Orleans, and inspecting French Quarter Sanborn Fire maps online (courtesy of the fabulous Library of Congress). And here are some… Read More

It’s Available

by Linda O. Johnston I blogged last month, and even in January, about the fast-approaching publication date for my first book of the year, Second Chance Soldier.  And now it has been published! Its official print publication date was March 6, just a couple of days ago, and its e-version became available on March 1…. Read More

A Party to Remember

by Kat Martin Since my hero in BEYOND DANGER, Beau Reese, is a mega rich playboy, a once-famous race car driver, I thought it might be fun to write about a mega-wealthy party I got invited to a few years back.  Well, more than a few, considering it was a millennium party celebrating the thousand… Read More

When Romance and Adventure Collide

by Anna del Mar I was recently doing an interview when the question came up. “Anna,” the interviewer asked, “why do you write romantic suspense?” I actually had to think about that one. A writer’s genre choice is not a simple decision and yet most of the time, we choose our genres not with our… Read More

The Art of Stories-Within-Stories  

by Carter Wilson There is little more satisfying when writing a book as creating stories within the story. Looking back on my publishing history, this seems to be a theme with me. In one book, a successful novelist re-writes his manuscript to reflect what’s actually happening to him. In another, an imprisoned man is forced… Read More