On Friday, I took the day off to play with my daughter, Mary. We all need a play date every now and then. This one centered around my editor’s invitation to go t
Author Stephen Blackmoore posted on Twitter a great quote:
Some writers need complete silence to create. Others need white noise — soft music or ocean waves. Others need a lot of commotion or music that sets the scene
Please welcome Jessica Scott to Murder She Writes. She’s guest blogged before, and I love having her back. She’s smart, funny, beautiful, and a hero in eve
Laura and I are thrilled that HIT AND RUN, book two in the Moreno & Hart Mystery Series, will be on-sale Monday. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon, Kob
I have two conferences coming up — Thrillerfest in NYC and RWA in San Antonio. I have a lot to say about these conferences, and you’ll hear most of it over
I’m still playing around with the cover copy for COMPULSION, but I wanted to share the cover with you all … it was just released into cyberspace, so itR
I’m starting a new feature here at Murder She Writes — Writer Wednesday. It’ll be either an original writing article by yours truly, a friend, or a c
I’m not talking about Frankenstein or Catcher in the Rye, I’m talking about MY old books — books I wrote years ago and am now re-reading. Cringe. I h
It’s been over a week since I blogged — lots of things have been going on. Traveling. Writing. Moving my younger daughter into my oldest daughter’s bedroom. I finally have a breather to write this blog.
There are plenty of recaps of Thrillerfest on the Internet, I don’t need to rehash it. Suffice it to say it’s my favorite conference for a lot of reasons. Though expensive (it’s in NYC), they have a plethora of panels and workshops for readers and authors of all levels. They have cocktail parties each night, an amazing banquet, and it’s an opportunity for me to sit down with my editor and agent in person, a rarity for authors who live on the West Coast.
Here are some quick highlights:
Yes, I failed after only one week of promising a writer’s blog on Wednesdays. Why? Because Writer’s Write, and that’s what I was doing last night — writing fiction, not blogs.
I had a draft blog for the day about reviews, but I have a lot more to say about that so am saving it for next week
But this brings up a good point for all of us: writer’s write FIRST. We need to remember that either writing is our career (and we get paid to write and meet deadlines and entertain our readers) or writing is our salvation, and without it we would be less happy, less fulfilled, and less human. And for most of us, writing is both our career and our love. That means that writing needs to have an important place in our lives and after family, writing should come first.
I love baseball. Growing up only a few miles from Candlestick Park meant growing up a Giants fan. Though we didn’t go to more than a couple games a year, I loved being at the park. More, though, I loved listening to baseball on the radio. My grandma religiously listened to the Giants every day, and if they played when I was over there (which was often), I listened with her while we played card games. Those afternoons are some of my favorite memories growing up.
Recently, I realized that I’ve incorporated a lot of baseball teams into my books, but only one major character is a San Francisco Giants fan (Elle from COLD SNAP.) This may have to do with my characters growing up in different areas. So think about this, I dug deep into my memory to see if I could remember which books I mentioned baseball, and which teams are my character’s favorites.
I’m starting a new feature here at Murder She Writes — Writer Wednesday. It’ll be either an original writing article by yours truly, a friend, or a compilation of cool interviews or writing advice from writers I like or admire. I’m hoping the feature will be interesting for readers AND writers!
To start it off, here are a couple of interviews posted this week of crime writers that I really enjoyed, and I hope you like them too.I have long enjoyed reading Linda Fairstein, ever since her first book FINAL JEOPARDY. Not only is she talented, but she has the background and experience to make her protagonist an interesting and real person. Over at Jungle Red Writers, another of my favorite people, Hank Phillipi Ryan, interviews Linda about her upcoming book TERMINAL CITY. I loved this interview because I learned more about Linda and how she writes, as well as historical information about her novels. Definitely an article that readers AND writers will enjoy!
One of the things I do in the series is center each book in a world that explores some aspect of New York City history. They are places we’ve all been to or seen in the movies, but most have dark undersides. There really was a murder of a young musician between acts at Lincoln Center, while 4,000 people sat in their seats (DEATH DANCE), and while Central Park is the most glorious place on this island, my unit prosecuted more than fifty crimes – some of them homicides – during my tenure (DEATH ANGEL). ~ Linda Fairstein
Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-four romantic thrillers and mysteries, including the Lucy Kincaid series and the Max Revere series. She lives in Northern California with her husband and five children.Read more
Two years before the events in Notorious, Max travels to Colorado Springs to investigate the disappearance of a college student. Frustrated over the lack of interest from both friends of the victim and campus authorities, Max tags along with the leader of search and rescue and his dog through the beautiful and deadly Rocky Mountains in the hopes of finding answers. Every answer she finds leads to more questions--questions neither the police nor the college want Max asking.