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The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

Only twelve more days until Beloved and Unseemly, book 5 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries, is released!   A stolen blueprint, a dead body, and wedding bells…. Change is in the air at Hartford Women’s College in the fall of 1898. Renowned inventor Peter Sanbourne—working on Project Blue Arrow for the Navy—heads the school’s new engineering(…)

Fun with Fast Draft!

Fun with Fast Draft!

Hi, all! Today is the first day of a 14-day “fast draft” that several writers and I are doing together. What is fast draft, you ask? The original concept by romance author Candace Havens is a breathless writing pace: 20 pages per day for 14 days, no excuses. By the end, the writer has a complete(…)

Oh, that explains it: she’s a WRITER

Oh, that explains it: she’s a WRITER

Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday, where the water is above-average, the topics are bubbly, and the company is sparkling. Today’s topic: Writer Weirdness Writers and the writing process have been on my mind lately, with National Novel Writing month now upon us. Many of my writer friends are participating, challenging themselves to write 50K words (the(…)

Murder Under the Oaks: my experience at BoucherCon

Murder Under the Oaks: my experience at BoucherCon

A couple of days ago I returned from BoucherCon. With an attendance of 1500, it’s considered one of the larger mystery fiction conventions out there. (For those unfamiliar with the name, BoucherCon was created in 1970, in honor of mystery writer/editor/critic Anthony Boucher). It appeals to every mystery fan along the continuum: authors, readers, agents,(…)

Behind the scenes: my un-writerly workspace

Behind the scenes: my un-writerly workspace

Happy Friday! Earlier this week, freelance writer and creativity coach Cate Russell-Cole tagged me and others in her post Inspiring Spaces Blog Hop: Share What Ignites Your Creativity, where she invited us to share our “creative” spaces. I decided to do it in the form of a video log…hope you enjoy it! (Psst…it’s the “makeup-free” version.(…)

Bulwer-Lytton and Purple Prose, part 2

Bulwer-Lytton and Purple Prose, part 2

Well, we missed the June 30th deadline for submitting long-winded prose loaded with hackneyed, trite expressions, otherwise known as the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (they haven’t announced the 2014 winners yet, so maybe you can slip in your entry). The contest was named after Victorian novelist Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, (1803-1873). His writing(…)

Where my research takes me: having a blast in the 19th century

Where my research takes me: having a blast in the 19th century

I have a confession to make: I’m having way too much fun writing this third book in the Concordia Wells Mystery series! I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading it, too. (It should be out by late summer). One component of the story, set in 1898 Hartford, Connecticut, involves the use of dynamite by the bad guys. I won’t(…)