I love writing crime fiction, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I falter before writing police procedural scenes. Part of the fun of reading mysteries, of course, is to delve into the “whodunnit” aspect of the story. Interestingly, in reading and in writing, I’ve found that I don’t care about the who as much as… Read More The Goats of Lahinch: A Lesson in Novel Research
If all the world’s a stage, as Shakespeare wrote for “As You Like It,” then isn’t one of the best impromptu stages a good old-fashioned coffee shop? If you’re a cafe lover like I am, then you know that all kinds of characters in all kinds of life costumes walk on and off the cafe… Read More All the World’s a Coffee Shop
So much has changed since I last wrote — what a whirlwind! I last wrote three months ago while in the midst of home-buying and manuscript-finishing craziness. Stress, thy name was Lisa Alber. Here’s an image of my view at this moment … hold on a second, I’m taking the picture now … This is… Read More Sunday at Home with a Procrastinating Novelist
Was it only last week that I wrote a blog post about being a terrified first-time home buyer? Seems like a lifetime ago. After I wrote the post my offer on a house was accepted! Since then, I’ve done my best to remain objective because there ARE other houses that would be just as good… Read More What Is Success Anyhow?
Easter is a time of resurrection. Flowers and trees and the animal world come alive after a winter dormancy. I feel that way in my life right now. I’m entering a new phase, and I’m excited and terrified: home ownership! I know, I know, millions of people do it. But I’ve been avoiding it. Commitment… Read More Tale of a Terrified First-Time Home Buyer
I promised I would share a few pictures from Left Coast Crime – Crimelandia, an annual crime fiction conference for fans. Every year it switches city. This year I got lucky because it was in Portland, my home town. I find that conference photos fall into a few main categories. Event Photos This would be… Read More A Few Pictures from Left Coast Crime
I’m going gangbusters on my second novel. I’m finally, finally feeling momentum, some excitement, some hope. I go through a stage during the revision process where I slow way down because I can’t see how to improve the mighty crap bucket of words I’ve created. Then I start to despair and feel overwhelmed. Then maybe… Read More Gangbusters and Round Ups: A Quick Week in Review
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Fifty two weeks ago today KILMOON came out to the world. It seems propitious that my Irish novel’s first publication birthday is today. Why not celebrate it? This has been such a nutty year! Being a debut author is a special thing. We only have one first novel, one first novel… Read More Happy One Year Anniversary: Being a Published Author
For years, I’ve been saying I’d like to single-handedly revive the art of letter writing. I buy stationery and note cards and store them away like little nuts. I think about the pen pals I had as a child. I think about our mailman, Frank, who was so sweet. He always gave our dog Penny… Read More Writing a Letter the Old-Fashioned Way
Have you ever noticed how lifeless everyone looks in laundromats? Doesn’t matter who we are, we step over the threshold and we become glazed-over drone people. There’s something about the overhead florescent lights and the rows of shiny machines and the dingy floor tiles … Laundromats are just so … I don’t know … reality-based.… Read More What Is it About Laundromats Anyhow?