Thrillerfest 2014: Fun and Done

July 15, 2014 by - 1 Comment

Until last week I hadn’t been to Thrillerfest, the annual gathering of International Thriller Writers, in several years. Many of my friends refuse to miss it, and I understand why: it’s great fun. Plus, it’s always held in New York City at The Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal, so thereĀ are endless thingsĀ to do if …Read More

Tour’s End

February 15, 2009 by - 4 Comments

One week ago today I was on my way home from the Love Is Murder Conference up in Wheeling, Illinois. I took the train home out of Chicago’s Union Station–the ride was pleasant, but boarding was a surreal experience. What is it about train boarding announcements that cause people to immediately become angry and aggressive? …Read More

In The Handbasket: Julie Kramer

August 1, 2008 by - 5 Comments

I’m so excited to introduce Julie Kramer to you all. I devoured her debut novel, STALKING SUSAN, just hours after the ARC of it arrived here at chez Benedict. STALKING SUSAN introduces Minnesota’s own Riley Spartz, a–and I just have to say this–girl reporter who discovers that a serial killer has been targeting women named …Read More

The Blue Pencil is Back in its Box!

July 31, 2008 by - 4 Comments

Finally! I sent the copy edits of CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS back to Ballantine today. I feel like celebrating! Alas, it may not be the last time I see CMLH in manuscript form if I wasn’t clear enough on corrections. Then come the bound galleys, aka ARCS. As soon as I get my hands on …Read More