Last night I met up with friends at DeNicola’s, an old-style Italian restaurant that’s known for its hefty portions of spaghetti and meatballs, and cannelloni, and lasagna. My friend, L, who organizes this post-Christmas outing every year is from Brooklyn, New York, and I suspect that DeNicola’s reminds him of the Italian places from his… Read More When Polite Conversation Turns to Murder
For those of you who don’t know, the publishing industry calls endorsements “blurbs.” I have no clue why. Perhaps because it’s more genteel. We like to pretend that novels aren’t really products, which would mean they’d require salesmanship (phooey) and … uh … endorsements blurbs! I received a fabulous blurb from fabulous novelist Bill Cameron.… Read More KILMOON Novel Update — Nice Words and Novel Excerpt
Last night I had a little fun with the $50 Amazon giveaway raffle. I wrote every name on a pink Post-It note and let my cat decide. I figured that would be the most random way ever to choose a winner. My cat, Trio, he LOVES paper. He’ll shred anything. So I decided the name… Read More Giveaway Winner and Advanced Review Copies — Woohoo!
A few weeks ago I bought Psychology Today. The cover blared, “Confessions of a Sociopath.” The cashier glanced at me, then down at the cover, and said, “Be careful, you might learn something.” Hah! I thought. I wish. I’m jesting, but not entirely. The author of the article is high-functioning, successful, and a church volunteer.… Read More A Dash of Sociopathy Anyone?
(Read more about the novel here: KILMOON) Yep, that’s me: debuting novelist! I’ve been debuting myself in my imagination for years, so it’s strange to be here with a baby book on its way through a gestation cycle — editing, and interior design, and cover design. Exciting! My authorial cycle is just as hectic. Here’s… Read More GOOD NEWS | I’m Officially a Debuting Novelist
Last year I attended Bouchercon, the mystery convention. But not this year. I thought I was okay with my decision until I popped into annoying Facebook — why oh why did I bother? — and noted how much fun everyone was having. I don’t know many of the publishing novelists having all the fun, yet I regressed to the mindset of a ten-year-old not invited to the popular… Read More BOUCHERCON | A Tale of Yearning from the Land of “If”
I’ve had a few short stories published, and I’ve received author’s copies in the mail. But today I received a whopper of an author’s copy. A luscious, 460-page hardcover anthology that’s so fresh, it squeaks. And, ah, that new-book smell, my nose up against the spine from the inside, no doubt killing brain cells sniffing… Read More Hey, There’s My Name on the Back Cover!
After so long, it’s great to see signs that Two of the Deadliest is sliding into the home stretch toward publication. It might be coming out in the U.K. first for all I know, because the U.K. edition’s cover art is available online. Good looking cover, isn’t it? Many of the writers that Elizabeth George… Read More “Outstanding Women of Mystery”