Into the Wild Blue Yonder

I’ll start with a confession—an especially embarrassing one, since I’m blogging on my publisher’s site. I haven’t been writing fiction for three months now. The short story is it’s been a tumultuous time in my personal and professional life (primarily the latter), starting with the holidays, progressing through helping organize a 2,400-person conference for my […] Read More →

The Artist and Society

I have been addressing in my previous blogs the question of whether we expect authors to be examples of liberalism, fair-mindedness, empathy for the under-privileged.  Writers who fall short of this humanistic standard are often rejected or are praised despite their views because of their creative talents.  On the other side, I have argued in […] Read More →

Sit Down. Let’s Eat

I have just returned to my home in Arizona following a week-long book tour in Raleigh, North Carolina, with our own Vicki Delany (writing as Eva Gates for this trip), and her fellow Canadian author Erika Chase, known to her friends and relatives as Linda Wiken. The events we did were arranged by the wonderful […] Read More →

My Book Came True.

In 2010 I published my second Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis novel, Assassins of Athens, in the US (Poisoned Pen), the UK (Little Brown), and Greece (in Greek and English by Aikaterini Lalaouni Editions). In Greece, Assassins of Athens drew critical praise from journalists—not just reviewers—and not just as a mystery. It was described as anticipating […] Read More →

When the Forecast was for Gales

by Mary Reed One childhood winter night dreadful weather blew in over Newcastle-on-Tyne. Curtains of sleet lashed the city, rattling icy rain against windows and scratching impatient claws down steep slate roofs. It was teatime, and my younger sister and I were eating boiled eggs as we listened to the measured tones of the BBC […] Read More →

THE BEST THING FOR BEING SAD

By Jeanne Matthews Last August, a few weeks after I finished my fifth Dinah Pelerin mystery, my friend Nancy died.  In the early ‘70s, I shared a garret in Atlanta with her daughter.  One day Nancy waltzed in waving a New York Times article about a brand new profession called a paralegal. “You hate teaching,” […] Read More →

Cover Reveal – Friday the 13th Edition

A Chorus of Innocents: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery #7 by PF Chisholm Synopsis: Thursday, 12th October, 1592. Eighteen days after the action closes in An Air of Treason, courtier Sir Robert Carey and Carey’s surly, larcenous, and loyal henchman Henry Dodd, Land Sergeant of Gilsland, are back in Carlisle and the Debateable Lands, the […] Read More →

The Next Chapter

This particular story starts with a tornado. (Not really, I must admit. It really starts on a summer afternoon in Savannah, where in the slant of marsh-filtered sunlight I read “Manly Conclusions” by Mary Hood for the first time. But since I have been taught to begin my stories “in medias res” I’ll start with […] Read More →

The Joy of Research

  Did I read somewhere that authors dread doing research for their books? It would make sense, since we authors are first and foremost writers, are we not? Anything that keeps us from engaging in that most noble of tasks – creating prose – is at best a distraction, at worst an abomination. Right? I […] Read More →