When writing my first (published) novel – Dead Men’s Dust – I made a conscious decision to write something very different from other crime/thriller books on British bookshelves. There are traditions in crime fiction set in the UK where amateur sleuths or damaged Detective Inspectors tend to be the norm, and I was infinitely aware …Read More
Bloody Scotland has just finished. It’s Scotland’s International Crime Writing festival set in Stirling; which lies in the heart of Scotland. I’m a founder and board member of the festival. This is the fifth year and it was a record weekend with over 6,500 tickets sold. Some sixty plus authors were involved in forty events …Read More
Starting in late October, I want to publish recommendations of books you enjoyed and that others might want to read or consider as Christmas gifts. Just give me your suggestions in the comments section for fiction (any genre) and nonfiction (especially on creativity), young adult fiction, and children’s books. Include book title and author. I’ll …Read More
I was out of touch last week as my daughter-in-law and I worked to pack up and empty my mother’s assisted living apartment in east central Illinois and then drive her to Northern Colorado to live much closer to me. It was an exhausting experience for all of us, but we had a lot of …Read More
I have chosen to title this post no glass ceiling because it sums up the main reason why I am an author, and why I write: there is none in writing. That is because writing is a process, it is an act of engagement with the subconscious. You can never reach the top. There is …Read More
I had some fun writing this post for JC Lynne’s blog. There aren’t too many things a writer can count on for sure, but I was able to come up with five. Please visit the blog and see if you agree or disagree. And leave a comment! If she doesn’t know you aleady, JC will …Read More
I love this a capella group so much. This little taste of their music was posted to You Tube on August 19th.
Thanks so much, Pat, for having me on your blog. I’m delighted to be here. In talking about writing, the question of whether what’s written is “true” seems to come up a lot, and what our responsibility is to those we love. Anne LaMott has written somewhere (in her witty and wonderful writings—if you haven’t …Read More
Come on over and learn all about my writing life (or lack thereof) in spite of aches and pains. I have even suggestions for helping folks feel better. I’m at Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness Blog.
Growing up the older sister of twin brothers was not always easy—at times it was downright infuriating. I guess I even told my mom after the boys were born and home for about a week, to take them back now. My parents say I was an easy child. I smiled a lot, slept through the …Read More