Debuting a New Mystery Series: Meet Author S.A. Kazlo

An engaging new mystery series is always a cause for celebration! Below, S.A. Kazlo talks about her new series and teacher-turned-writer career: First off, congratulations on the release of KIBBLES AND DEATH, the first book in your Samantha Davies mystery series. Can you tell our readers a little about what inspired you to write it?…

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Meet Debut Mystery Author J. Woollcott

What a pleasure to welcome debut author J. Woollcott to my blog today. When I read the description of her novel, I knew I wanted to read it! Below are her responses to my interview questions, followed by her bio and contact links. Few things are as exciting as the publication of your debut novel!…

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Medical Mysteries with a Twist: Meet Veterinarian-Turned-Author Millicent Eidson

I’m delighted to welcome veterinarian-turned-author Millicent Eidson as a guest contributor to my blog today. Dr. Eidson’s expertise in public health and zoonotic diseases (like COVID and monkeypox originating from animals) grounds her alphabetical series that emphasizes entertainment, education, and enlightenment. She just released her second book, Borrelia: A Microbial Mystery. Below is Dr. Eidson’s…

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On the Road Again

Next week, I leave to spend four days in Franklin, Tennessee at Killer Nashville, which ranks as one of my all-time favorite writers’ conferences. It’s small enough to be intimate, and its founder and director, Clay Stafford, is committed to making it an encouraging, supportive experience for writers at every level. Last year, I had…

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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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