In my creative writing class that I was teaching for our local college, cut short by the pandemic, I stressed the value of ratcheting up tension as your book progresses. Well, welcome to the real world, where the tension is
Pandemic, writing it into your work…or not?
I’m facing two problems with my newest writing project. One: Should I incorporate the pandemic into my plot? Should I make reference to it? Two: What will life be like in a year from now? I have a hunch that
Coronavirus – About Heroes
Like many of my fellow bloggers, during this time where we’re self-isolating, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks to the grocery store, I’m finding it difficult to dive into my current work in progress. I fear that anything I write
Who inspired you to want to be a writer?
As I write this, I’m on the 11th floor of the Hyatt Regency in Dallas attending Bouchercon. Last night, I had cocktails with Michael Barson and Warren Easley (both with Poisoned Pen/Sourcebooks) and Molly Odintz (an editor with Crimereads). One
Building Our Brand…One Book at a Time
I parked cars at the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City yesterday. My Rotary Club does it to raise money for local non-profit organization projects as well as college scholarships for deserving local students. It was difficult to sneak
Finished Manuscript for Graveyard Bay; and Hurricane Florence
On Sunday, October 7, at a little after noon, I hit the button and sent the manuscript for Graveyard Bay to my editor, Annette Rogers, at Poisoned Pen Press. I did it with trepidation and relief. Trepidation because when you’ve