When people ask…

Why revising is difficult, I usually talk about getting distance from the work, trying to make sense of tangled timelines, differentiating minor characters, and the like. I should add that sometimes one's helpers – ahem – help a bit too much... It's a long process......

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How did you find your pet?

I'm sharing love stories over at the Jungle Red Writers blog today, talking about Thisbe, Petfinder, animal shelters and more. Come on by and join the conversation – and enter for a chance to win a copy of my new A Spell of Murder.  Did you know? The three witch cats...

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Five questions with Ray Daniel

Boston is a great setting for crime fiction – it's dark and cold (especially this week). But our crime fiction community is both warm and welcoming. That's why, when I saw Ray Daniel at Joanna Schauffhausen's book event last week, I knew I wanted to host him here....

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Do you know about the Agatha Awards?

Each year, many of who write "cozy" or traditional mysteries gather at the Malice Domestic conference, for talk, tea, and mystery. We also award the Agatha Awards – for Dame Agatha Christie – a skull-and-bones decorated teapot for best contemporary, best historical,...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Steph Post

The South and Southern Gothic fiction have long fascinated me, and as my own readers will know, I have more than a passing fancy for magic. Therefore, when I first started to hear about Steph Post's Miraculum, I was intrigued. We share a publisher, Polis Books, so I...

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Am I cozy?

As part of my Silver Dagger book blog tour, I've written a few guest posts. This one ran at "All the Ups and Downs."  Am I cozy?  by Clea SimonReaders sometimes ask me: Are my books cozy? And the honest answer is, I’m not sure. Yes, I can promise you that in...

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“Just the thing…”

P.J. Coldren, longtime Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Mystery judge and fan guest of honor at this year's Malice Domestic has posted a review of A Spell of Murder saying, "Clea Simon's new series may be just the thing..." and concluding, "Great fun for...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Maddie Day

Edith Maxwell – aka Maddie Day – is a force of nature. I'm not sure when I met her. She might have been organizing an event. She might have been recruiting other authors – members of Sisters in Crime New England, perhaps – to help out. She might have been leading a...

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Five fabulous fictional felines…

We authors have long been associated with cats. Inspired—or besotted—we cohabit with them, indulging their whims and suffering their ills and tempers as we dole out treats and nurse the occasional scratch or accident or broken heart. Along the way, we write about...

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Happy New Book (virtual party edition)

Today kicks off my month-long A Spell of Murder book tour. I'll be guest posting, chatting with readers, doing a few giveaways, and otherwise just trying to make this month a little bit cozier. Most of these blogs are new to me, so I look forward to meeting these...

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