Tag Archives: crime fiction books

When You Need To Get Knocked Down a Peg or Two

I got another reminder from the cosmos that my karma is due and payable… I took a break from writing for a couple of hours this week to take the Corgis to a therapy visit at a local  assisted living and memory care facility for older folks. You know, do something good, clean the mind […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and after the hoopla of all of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kawnaza, Black Friday and New Years) the last thing anyone wants to hear is another “special” time.  But, this is one that needs a pause in the the rush of our mindless day-to-day. Trafficking in […]

A Voice on Editing and Ego

Editing a manuscript is one thing you cannot shortcut.  The process is direct, personal and, if you’re not ready for it, editing will rip the flesh from your bones, leaving you and your story a quivering mass of gelatin. Like most things in life, I’ve learned this the hard way.  You’ve finished a draft of your […]

Writing California Interview & Book Signing Announcement

Recently, I had the opportunity to contribute to Sydney Avey’s blog series, Writing California. The Golden State has much to offer as a setting in contemporary fiction, yet most of California is overlooked. Los Angeles, San Francisco and the palm tree encrusted costal beaches serve as the backdrop to hundreds of books each and every […]

That’s My Favorite

You know what’s really fun? No, not that. I was in a local bookstore to finalize some arrangements on an upcoming book signing and a woman came up the counter carrying a few mystery novels in her arms.  She asked for recommendations on similar titles. I struck up a conversation with her about mysteries and […]

The After Life

I have this new story idea bouncing around in my head.  It refuses to leave me alone.  The damned thing left a ransom note in a dusty corner of my brain, threatening to hold my attention hostage until I do something. So, here goes…the background. During the years I worked inside maximum security prisons, I […]

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Darkness. The word evokes emotion.  From an early age, we are taught to fear the dark.  “Be home before dark,” “Nothing good happens after dark,” Things that go bump in the night and, don’t forget the children’s prayer which includes, “If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take.”  Darkness, […]

Readers Know Best

You release your hand-fed, carefully crafted book out into the wilds and you’re bound to get feedback.  Reviews, critiques and comments from readers come in different flavors – Loved it, Hated it, or the worst feedback of all, the sound of crickets. By the time your book hits the streets, at least a dozen sets […]

Don’t Let the Y.A. Label Fool You

I had the chance to read a Y.A. paranormal novel, The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.  I’ve known Brenda for years and much to my embarrassment, I hadn’t read her work.  We write two different types of fiction.  I write crime and thriller novels like Little River and she creates paranormal beings living in with […]

The Stuff That Binds

You need something to bind your story together. No I’m not talking about adding more fiber to your literary diet.  What I’m talking about is the thing that makes your story stand out in a field of similar work.  There are a finite number of story lines and when you filter down to stories within […]