Worth A Thousand Words

It’s one of my favorite pieces of writerly advice: Raymond Chandler’s observation that when things slow down, bring in a man with a gun. Which is not surprising. It’s an iconic image, a man with a weapon, layered with all kinds of subtle and not-so-subtle signals. It represents competence and authority, danger and masculine control. [...] Read More →

Stop Me Before I Quote Again

  Who doesn’t enjoy paging through books of quotations? It’s easy reading, you don’t have to worry about following a plot, you can convince yourself that you’re studying something profound, you can pick it up and put it down easily, and often it makes you laugh out loud. What’s there not to like about collections [...] Read More →

What I Don’t Wish

I read quite a lot, mostly novels, which is what I most love to write. So when the thought came that of all the books I’ve read, even masterpieces and others that exhibit wit, style, plotting, or wisdom I admire and may consider beyond my ability, I have never thought anything like: I wish I [...] Read More →

Is Blues the Answer?

It’s a gorgeous July 4th weekend here in Portland, and I’ve got the blues. That’s right. I’ve been down at Waterfront Park attending the annual Blues Festival (which explains why this post is a bit late!) I won’t say the city shuts down for this event, but it’s something pretty close to that. Thousands of [...] Read More →

Old Friends, New Friends

Last week I was in Sacramento CA at my favorite writing conference, Western Writers of America. I have a long history with this organization. It was there I made my first friends in the writing community. These friendships have lasted ever since my first convention when I arrived in Santa Fe,  scared to death, but with manuscript [...] Read More →


The 4th of the month is always my blog day, so I get our national holiday every year. Appropriately enough, we went to a wedding last weekend in Lexington, MA. Yep. That Lexington, the place where it all got started. Paul Revere and other riders and the farmers who stood by the rude bridge that [...] Read More →

Crime Squad Hiatus

Up here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been privileged to spend time with some amazing authors, and now, after several successful operations, the Seattle7Writers Crime Squad is on summer hiatus! We had a great time fulfilling our mission of creating connections between writers, readers, booksellers, and librarians. Now it’s time to recharge, research, and revise. [...] Read More →

Time Off

I’ve been feeling confused lately. On one hand, I’ve been counting down the minutes until today, because I’ve planned a (very) mini summer vacation for myself over the coming long weekend. (I use up so much vacation time from my day job to attend book and race events that I have little left over for [...] Read More →

El Presidente

By Vicki Delany As of a couple of weeks ago I became the president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  The post was not entirely a surprise, as I was the National Vice-Prez before that. Still, I am now slowly getting into my new role. Let me introduce the CWC to those of you who [...] Read More →