Dreams Like Spider Webs

July 11, 2022 by - 6 Comments

  A Little Flutter for BLISS HOUSE– Read this part first, and today, okay?       For the past few days, BLISS HOUSE, the first book in my haunted house gothic series, has been free on Kindle. I’m over the moon that nearly 2000 new readers have downloaded it! Seriously, I’m ridiculously excited. CHARLOTTE’S …Read More

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 there are endless things to do if …Read More

In the Handbasket: D.P. Lyle

June 4, 2011 by - 5 Comments

You know how there are some people that you meet, and instantly like? I met D.P. Lyle at my first Thrillerfest back in 2007, if I recall correctly. I had stars in my eyes and was incredibly goofy throughout the whole conference. But Doug is one of those smart, confident people who makes a person–fan …Read More

Octoberguest! Jennifer Talty

October 4, 2008 by - 11 Comments

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about my publishing life is meeting new people at signings and conferences. When I met Jennifer Talty at my very first Thrillerfest in 2007, I knew I couldn’t resist getting to know her. Her enthusiasm was absolutely contagious! This coming May, her first romantic suspense novel, Rekindled, will …Read More

CMLH Is In The House

July 16, 2008 by -

A little more on the Big City tomorrow. The FedEx folks delivered my copyedited manuscript for CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS yesterday morning. I had been wondering when it would arrive and had bugged my editor’s assistant about it when I saw him in the bar at Thrillerfest. But it turns out he’d been promoted to …Read More


July 13, 2008 by - 3 Comments

I don’t know why I felt such surprise when my suitcase proved to be over-weight at the LGA check-in counter this morning. “Ten pounds over, that’s fifty dollars,” the counter person said. “Do you want to take some things out?” I mumbled something about too many books. “Books,” she said. “It’s often books.” There was …Read More

Big City

July 10, 2008 by - 2 Comments

(Photo by BawBaw) After a four-hour delay on the ground in Columbus due to whatever wasn’t moving at LaGuardia last night, I am in the Big City, ensconced in mid-town, a coccoon of steel and brick and concrete and people, people, people. I am always stunned to come to New York, so stuffed with humanity. …Read More

Music of a Different Sort

June 27, 2008 by - 3 Comments

On July 8, I’ll take off for Thrillerfest, the annual gathering of thriller writers and fans held at the Grand Hyatt in NYC. It’s always a blast to catch up with writer friends and fans (many come back from year to year). There are many events over the three-day conference and to keep it running …Read More

Meet Susan Arnout Smith!

June 21, 2008 by -

I am possibly the only person on the planet who traveled to Anchorage, Alaska and didn’t see a live moose. I may have seen Denali in the distance from my hotel window, but I really can’t be sure. My week in Anchorage, back in September, was spent hurrying between the Sheraton(?) and the Convention Center …Read More

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