From Violinist to Award-Winning Writer and Lecturer: Meet Erica Miner

When fate intervened to prematurely end her distinguished career as a violinist with the Metropolitan Opera, Erica Miner successfully reinvented herself as an award-winning author, screenwriter, arts journalist, and lecturer. As a former dancer-turned-writer, I feel a special kinship with Erica and am so delighted to welcome her to my blog today as she celebrates…

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“So, What Are You Working On?”

The two most common questions fiction writers get asked are: “Where do you get your ideas?” and “What’s your story about?” With each new release, I make a point of doing my best to respond, explaining what gave me the idea for the novel, as well as describing the plot. For DEADLY SETUP, for example,…

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Strap On Your Seatbelt: The Ups and Downs of the Writing Life

Monday didn’t start out well. Sitting in my email box was a rejection from the SOKY Book Festival. I’ve received plenty of rejections as a writer, but this one stung, probably because it was unexpected. DEADLY SETUP, my recent release, had already been awarded a silver medal by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and LEISHA’S…

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Season of Gratitude, Season of Sadness

As I write this, it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m so aware of all the people and things in my life I’m grateful for—my husband, my children and grandchildren, my amazing sisters, dear friends, the choral group I sing with, and of course, my writing work. Snow is on the ground, our holiday lights twinkle, and…

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It Should Have Been a Great Week

It should have been a great week… and in many ways, it was. My local Sisters in Crime chapter had a wonderful book signing event at Barnes and Noble, my family and friends made me feel very loved and appreciated on my birthday, and my husband and I put our Christmas tree up and got…

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“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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