Creativity Phase 5a

As I wrap up my latest mystery (Red Flags, April 2016!), I’ve been reflecting a lot on the creative process. Honestly, I’m still surprised I manage to write fiction at all, so I sometimes feel I’m outside myself, observing, thinking, How do you do that? Part of what fascinates me about my own process—and I […] Read More →

The World’s Most Beloved Blog

I, Donis, have been working on my website for the past couple of months, adding pages and sections, getting ready for the launch of my eighth Alafair Tucker novel, All Men Fear Me, in November. All of the hammering and sawing has been going on behind the scenes, which means that I’ve been spending some […] Read More →

Bloody Scotland and Me.

No Greece this week. I’m off to Bloody Scotland in a couple of weeks. No, not bloody Scotland, BLOODY SCOTLAND, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival held once again in historic and very beautiful Stirling, appropriately equidistant from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Appropriate, I say, in the politically correct sense for if you’ve ever heard each proud […] Read More →

All the News That’s Fit to be Emailed

by Mary Reed According to George Bernard Shaw, no question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. We’re currently seeking answers to a question of obvious interest to writers but one for which, GBS notwithstanding, answers are difficult to find: what type of content do mystery readers like in […] Read More →

The Big Lebowski Meets The Big Sleep

By Michael A. Kahn The other night I settled down to watch “The Big Lebowski,” a terrific Coen brothers film that features three of my favorite actors (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi) playing three of my favorite characters (the Dude, Walter Sobchek, and Donny Kerabatsos). I’d last watched the movie about ten years […] Read More →

Back at it

Well, I’m officially “back at it,” carving out time for fiction writing after a, shall we say, hiatus. I’m back to driving in the dark with the headlights on, following the illuminated track wherever it goes.


MOUNTING THE BREACH By:  Jeanne Matthews I visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last month for a refresher course in the works of my favorite impressionist.  The evolution of his subject matter and style is reflected in the letters he wrote to his brother Theo.  A snippet from one letter, written in the winter […] Read More →

A Little Low Country for the Last of Summer

My series protagonist, Tai Randolph, may run a Confederate-themed gunshop in Atlanta, but her heart remains in Savannah, Georgia, her hometown. Tai grew up among the salt marshes and tidal estuaries on a stretch of Southeastern coastline known as the Low Country. And while she never developed many skills in the kitchen, she is an […] Read More →

Up Ahead Make a Hard Write

I’m often asked, “David, what are the most difficult parts of a book to write?” In truth, nobody has ever asked me that, but I thought the above sentence would be a good way to start this blog entry. Grab the reader, and all that. I was thinking about this question the other day, when […] Read More →