My Grateful List

I admit it. There are plenty of weeks when I forget to feel grateful for all the blessings in my life—like having a husband I’m still madly in love with after decades of marriage or the opportunity to do the writing work I love. Instead, I’m often guilty of focusing on the things that are…

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“The Boy Who Lived”

The other night, our son Joel was sitting outside on the porch with his eldest child, our grandson Cameron. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning landed dangerously close to them. The two raced to safety inside. Cameron turned to his father and said, “You know, Dad, we’re going to have to call you ‘the boy who…

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Writing May Be a Solitary Activity, but…

DEADLY SETUP came out on July 5, and I wasted no time ordering a box of books. I still get a thrill holding a copy of a new book I’ve written. And now I had 20 shiny new copies, both to send as thank you gifts to angels who helped me along the way and…

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The Good News… and Not So Good News

Writing-wise, this was a lovely week. On Tuesday, DEADLY SETUP officially came out. Author Sarah Glenn hosted me on her blog where I wrote an essay, “Beyond the External Plot: What’s Your Book Really About?” in which I talked about the difference between DEADLY SETUP’s plot and its deeper themes. I’d love for you to…

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“Are All Your Stories About People in the Arts?”

We were in the middle of a critique session when a fellow writer turned to me and asked, “Are all your stories about people in the arts?” I nodded and gave her the usual explanation, “Well, that’s the world I know.” But digging deeper, running throughout much of my work is the idea that the…

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Thinking About Imposter Syndrome

The term imposter syndrome was originally coined by the psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose in the 1970s. They believed that the syndrome applied mostly to high-achieving women. Further research, however, showed that its periodic sufferers can be just about anyone, especially those thrust into a new role, such as beginning college or getting a…

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Former Judge Debra Goldstein Pens Award-Winning Mysteries

At Killer Nashville’s 2019 conference, I attended a mock court session in which Debra Goldstein played the part of the judge. It wasn’t much of an acting stretch for her! She served on the bench for many years before she turned to writing fulltime. I’m delighted to welcome Debra today as my featured guest author. Below…

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New Release by Award-Winning Author Lynda Rees

As some of you know, I’m president of Derby Rotten Scoundrels, the Ohio River Valley chapter of Sisters in Crime. We have a lot of wonderful authors in our chapter, including our very own vice-president, Lynda Rees. She has a new release out today! Below is information about Heart of the Matter:  Heart of the…

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