Going dark…

You should write romantic suspense. That was how it started. A possibly offhand comment by my publisher over drinks at Crimefest that sent me off into a tizzy. After 22 mysteries ranging from cozy to paranormal, I was being directed to change things up. I’d written...

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Chatting with Julie Kramer of RadioBDC

Back in the day, Julie spun vinyl on WFNX. These days, all the music is digital, and the radio station is too. 'FNX is long gone, but RadioBDC lives on – and Julie had me on her lunch-hour show to chat about the days of the Rat and the Channel, Boston's great live...

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Of memory and music…

When I visit bookstores, I want to do more than just read. I want to give a little context. Introduce some of the themes of World Enough, and explain that, no, I’m not just writing up all the dirt I couldn’t … back in the day. This is more or less what I’ve been...

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New England Crime Bake!

Crime bake, here I come! Yes, this wonderful conference started yesterday, but I'm so behind in my work that I didn't get there for the pizza party, or the desserts, or the movie... SIGH. But I am looking forward to a full day today. I'll be starting with my panel....

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Before I was a writer…

Writers talk about finding their “voice” – their personal style – as if it’s a positive thing. But, sometimes, that means discovering that you are completely tone deaf. I’ve always loved music, maybe as much as I love writing. And long before I became an author, I was...

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Mysterious Bookshop tonight!

As you read this, I'm on my way to NYC! I'll be reading and chatting at the renowned Mysterious Bookshop tonight at 6:30 (58 Warren St.) - the world's oldest and greatest mystery fiction specialty store. Hoping to see some old friends and family – and maybe some new...

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Musetta in the bardo

We didn’t plan on traveling so much. Some things simply work out. As our Musetta was declining, I re-read the passage I’d written about the last days of Cyrus, our previous feline companion. After his death, I wrote, we had traveled fairly extensively. Our house...

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“World Enough” in the Boston Globe

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS | NINA MACLAUGHLIN  A Boston story that rocks  Clea Simon’s new noir, “World Enough,’’ is steeped in the 1980s Boston rock scene, with its sticky-floored clubs, radio stations dusted in coke, stars and hangers-on, seedy barbacks, and all the...

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I wanted to go but…

I'm hoping to see you on Wednesday (Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.) at Mysterious Bookshop in New York City (58 Warren St., in Tribeca). But if you can't make it and still want a signed, personalized book, you can get one. Please just call the store and tell them you want me to...

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