“All You Need Is Love” – John Lennon

I recently spent a week visiting my younger son and his family. They live in a teeny-tiny house in Denver that makes my husband’s and my first 900 square foot house seem positively palatial. But what their home lacks in size is more than made up for by its richness in warmth and affection. I’m…

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Meet Award-Winning Indie Author Amy Pendino

One of the joys of being an active member of Sisters in Crime is getting to know so many talented authors like Amy Pendino. Her newly released novel, WILD HORSES, continues the riveting stories of two strong women from different eras. Below are Amy’s responses to my interview questions, followed by her bio which includes…

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Author Linda Lovely Loves “Smart, Independent Women” Like Kylee Kane in NEIGHBORS TO DIE FOR

Author Linda Lovely figured out the perfect setting for conflict, murder, and mayhem—homeowners associations! She’s just released the second novel in her HOA series, NEIGHBORS TO DIE FOR. Adept at writing in multiple genres, Lovely talks below about her latest release and her writing career. First off, congratulations on the release of your second novel…

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Marlene Anne Bumgarner Pens Powerful Memoir

I’m delighted to welcome author Marlene Anne Bumgarner to my blog. I loved her memoir which took me back to coming of age in the 1970s. Below are Marlene’s responses to my interview questions, followed by her bio and contact/buy links: For our readers unfamiliar with your memoir, Back to the Land in Silicon Valley,…

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Seinfeld Revisited

To this day, I’m a huge fan of the classic TV sitcom Seinfeld. One of my favorite episodes is when Jerry discovers that although he reserved a rental car, when he arrives to pick it up, it’s not there. “It’s not enough to take a reservation,” Jerry says. “You have to keep the reservation.” I…

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Outside My Comfort Zone

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” L. Doctorow I’ve always enjoyed Doctorow’s simile, but up until recently, I never thought it applied to me. When it comes to plotting my novels, I’ve been…

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That Subject No One Wants to Talk About

“It’s not the idea of death that bothers me; it’s the hours.” – Woody Allen I’m not a big fan of Woody Allen, but the guy has a point. It’s hard to think about the permanence of our own mortality or worse, the death of our loved ones. While it’s true that no one gets…

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Celebrating a Treasured Friendship

  Yesterday, I traveled to Cincinnati to visit Connie, my dear friend of many decades. The drive was long, but I never mind making it. Connie and I met when we were teaching fellows in the dance department at the University of Michigan. She was so incredibly gorgeous that I was sure we’d never become…

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Her Writing Journey: Meet the “Crafty” Author Lois Winston

I’m always fascinated by how gifted fiction authors who didn’t plan to become writers discover this is something they’re meant to do. In her guest blog, Lois Winston, author of the newly released Guilty as Framed, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, shares her story and offers a valuable piece of writing advice.  Welcome to my…

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Writing Schedule Interruptis

My sister Marty, a fantastic grant writer and development professional, recently retired and has embarked on writing a memoir (which I can’t wait to read!). Recently, she asked me questions about my life as a working writer: Do I put myself on a writing schedule? Yes Do I have a preferred time of day to…

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