Bouchercon 2017 Wrap-up

October 17, 2017 by - 4 Comments

It’s totally possible to be both incredibly energized and too exhausted to work the day after a great conference, yes? I returned from Bouchercon Toronto after a very long travel day, via Philadelphia. Sadly only saw the inside of the Philly airport. What is it with people in window seats closing the window shade the minute …Read More

Gothic Defined, and a Portal to a Mysterious Place

April 3, 2013 by -

Gothic is an interesting word. You know who the Visigoths were: those unsophisticated, crusty and crude pre-Germanic types who swooped down on the slothful, stuttering remains of the Roman Empire in the fourth century and gobbled them up. They were fairly illiterate victors, so they’ve gotten a bad rap in history. (Pardon me if I’m a …Read More

In the Handbasket: Debut Novelist Meredith Cole

February 27, 2009 by - 12 Comments

I recently met filmmaker and mystery writer chick Meredith Cole at the Love is Murder mystery conference in Chicago and knew immediately that you would love her inspiring, incredible publishing story. She got started in June 2008 when her short story, Exercise is Murder, was an Ellery Queen Department of First Stories selection and now …Read More


March 31, 2008 by - 4 Comments

Revisions on CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS continue apace–I wrote an entire chapter yesterday, which may be a record for me. When it was finished, I realized it had filled a large hole in the manuscript. But it put me a bit behind on the rest of the revision, which is due tomorrow. (Oh, Mr. Editor….) …Read More