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Guest Blogger: Judy Hogan – From Experience to Mystery

FROM EXPERIENCE TO MYSTERY by Judy Hogan Being seventy-six has so many advantages for a mystery novelist. I have all those experiences behind me, and in my case they were quite diverse. I’ve never earned a living writing, so besides being a teacher of creative writing, my second vocation writing is my first.  I’ve earned …

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Guest Blogger Terry Shames: The One Thing That Defies Organization

The One Thing That Defies Organization by Terry Shames With the lead-up to publication of my debut novel, A KILLING AT COTTON HILL, came months of unaccustomed work preparing for marketing and promotion. I had heard how much time and effort it took, but I was unprepared for the fact that everything else pretty much …

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Guest Blogger Judy Alter – Researching the Lowly Hot Dog

Researching the Lowly Hot Dog by Judy Alter We all do a lot of research on setting and other things to make our novels accurate. For the Kelly O’Connell series I studied Craftsman design and the Craftsman movement, because Kelly is a real estate agent who specializes in restoring the priceless Craftsman houses in her …

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Guest Blogger – Victoria Weisfeld – Follow that Thread!

  Follow That Thread!   by Victoria Weisfeld “Out the back door and under the big ash was a picnic table . . . I lay down on it for nearly two weeks, staring up into branches and leaves, fighting fear and panic, because I had no idea how to begin a piece of writing.” …

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Guest Blogger: Polly Iyer – Good Books Find Readers – Despite Breaking The Rules

Good Books Find Readers – Despite Breaking The Rules by Polly Iyer Certain things make me grumpy. One is when I finish reading a book then pick up another in the same genre that sounds almost exact. The plot is different, marginally, but in many ways, you know what’s going to happen because there’s a …

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Guest Interview: Elizabeth Zelvin — Author, Psychotherapist, and Singer-Songwriter

AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH ZELVIN – –  AUTHOR, PSYCHOTHERAPIST, AND SINGER-SONGWRITER 1) What is your most recent book? Tell us thing about it. DEATH WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE was published as an e-novella by BooksBNimble Press in December 2012. It’s the eighth entry in my mystery series about recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, …

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Guest Blogger: Edith Maxwell aka Tace Baker — An Experience in Self-Publishing

Debra, thanks so much for inviting me over! I went on a new adventure last week. It occurred to me that two of my short stories that were published in the last ten years included some dark back story for two of the main characters in Speaking of Murder. My story “Reduction in Force” describes …

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Guest Blog: Sheila Webster Boneham – Dog Hair and Mysteries

DOG HAIR and MYSTERIES by Sheila Webster Boneham A few days ago I popped into a local department store to look for a sweater. I found what I wanted, and headed for the check out. When I handed my credit card to the cashier, a rather prim older woman, I noticed the pained look on her …

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Guest Blog: T.K. Thorne – How Do You Know If You Are A “Real” Writer?

How Do You Know if You Are A “Real Writer? by T.K. Thorne HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE  A “REAL” WRITER?  This question has plagued me for a long time, and I saw it recently on a writing web site, so I am not the only one who has asked it. For a …

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Guest Blog: Author Judy Hogan’s Conversation with Sammie Hargrave – Her Favorite Character

  Author Judy Hogan’s Conversation with Sammie Hargrave – Her Favorite Character  Judy Hogan: Sammie, a new writer friend of mine, Debra Goldstein, wants a blog from me to post on her blog in early September, to celebrate the publication of Killer Frost, and she suggested I interview one of my characters.  I picked you, …

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