The Goth A-List

by Mary Reed Research often entices the seeker down some very strange and dark byways, twisty deserted streets or dusty, oddly quiet lanes — yet often even the most seemingly ordinary path winds at last to literary countryside so fascinating that it takes a really stern effort of will to turn back and retrace one’s […] Read More →

Some Awesome Questions for You (and Me)

By Michael A. Kahn Ready for some fun? Read on. I was recently interviewed by the blog Reviewing the Evidence for their “SIXTY SECONDS WITH … ” feature. Although they haven’t yet posted my interview–and thus my lips must remain sealed for now–the questions they asked me (and other authors before me) are among the most […] Read More →


Throughout my writing career I’ve been fortunate regarding editors. The editors for my nonfiction books have been thorough, tactful, and to the point, and have saved me from making many embarrassing missteps. And the editors for my mysteries – Dorrie O’Brien of the late Write Way Publishing, and Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen Press – […] Read More →

Pump It Up

  I have a problem that may put me in the minority among my fellow writers: I don’t write enough. I’m not talking about time spent writing, though I may be guilty of that as well, but rather the the number of words that I put into a book. I am about to finish the […] Read More →

My 2015 Reading List

Having long been an English teacher as well as a writer, I often find myself presumptuous enough to not only provide stuff for people to read but also to give advice about the joys and various benefits of reading. I was about to send such advice in a note to a friend when I remembered […] Read More →

Too Stupid to Live

When a book has a female protagonist do you sometimes feel she is too stupid to live? I can’t remember where I ran across this term (TSTL) but it’s very apt. I think plot structure changed when society rejected the image of frightened sobbing women waiting for the cavalry to show up. Weak women were denigrated. The image of strong women ushered […] Read More →

Inspiring Stories

Watching the Rose Parade (the Tournament of Roses Parade, if I’m being precise) is an annual tradition in my household. I grew up with my mother insisting on it, and now that I’m an adult, it wouldn’t be New Year’s Day without it. Even on tape delay (really, who’s up by 8 a.m. on NYD?), […] Read More →