George V. Higgins and me?!?

Fascinating piece on George V. Higgins (author of "Friends of Eddie Coyle," etc.) and the development of the Boston crime novel in the new issue of CrimeReads. Overwhelming to me because the article's author Scott von Doviak referenced ME as an heir of Higgins (cause...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Joanna Schaffhausen

Debut mystery novelist Joanna Schaffhausen has quickly become part of our New England crime fiction family. Already Facebook friends, we got to do an event together at the lovely New England Mobile Book Fair this summer, and I invited Joanna to chat on my blog. How...

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Bouchercon redux

What is Bouchercon? Only the biggest crime fiction convention on the planet! Think 1,500 fans – including about 600 authors (who are also fans) – all milling about, eating, drinking, talking, signing books, talking some more, and sitting on panels! The annual autumn...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Lisa Lieberman

Lisa Leiberman hits the sweet spot between "Casablanca" and Alan Furst, mining the post-World War II world for social and personal tensions. In person, however, she's a jolly companion, one I always seek out at conferences and book events, which makes me more than...

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BOUCHERCON bound!

I'll be on the FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS in CRIME FICTION panel Sunday at 9 a.m. but grab me for a chat anywhere! See you there!...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Leigh Perry

How does a book start for you? It varies by book, of course, but generally speaking, I get going when I can hear the protagonist’s voice.   Now The Skeleton Makes a Friend, my most recent book, is the fifth in the Family Skeleton series. The series features Georgia...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with horror-to-Holmes author Dana Cameron

I first met Dana after the publication of Site Unseen, her first Emma Fielding mystery (and now a Hallmark/Mystery channel film!). At the time, Dana was using her own background in archaeology to tell the story of Emma, who finds a skeleton that is a little more...

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Where the stories come from…

and how they get written (and more). Julie Kelleher and I chatted about "writing stuff." You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/julie-kelleher-411339831/clea-simon-16-aug-2018-podcast-no-4  ...

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FIVE QUESTIONS with Romalyn Tilgheman

Last January, I was thrilled to be invited to the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend. Only a freak thunderstorm made getting to Nacogdoches, TX, a little difficult. First my flight to Houston was diverted to Corpus Christie, TX, and then I missed my ride. Somehow,...

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“Write your own damn book” – Bill Corbett

In truth, I think Bill was a little frustrated with me. He was a poet, after all. A lion of the avant garde and a champion of art for art's sake. I was the new wife of his old friend and colleague, a fledgling writer upset with the negative feedback I'd gotten from...

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