And so it begins…

We crime fiction (mystery) writers like to describe ourselves as either "plotters" or "pantsers." Plotters figure everything out ahead of time. Pantsers, well, don't, preferring to fly by the seat of our pants. But it's never quite that simple. I've long considered...

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The black cat catch-up!

As some of you know, I've been hard at work on CROSS MY PATH, the third in the Blackie & Care black cat mystery series. That will be out this summer (in the U.S., later this spring in the UK). And now my publisher, Severn House, has had a wonderful idea: For a...

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Fear on Fore Pages

I’m back, surfacing after roughly two weeks of reading the page proofs of Fear on Four Paws, one of the most stultifying and yet terrifying tasks in an author’s life. It’s dull work, reading something you’ve read so many times before. It’s easy to dismiss the need to...

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Waiting for CROSS MY PATH…

Shh... in super-secret talks to offer a special Blackie & Care deal before the launch of CROSS MY PATH, the third mystery featuring the teen Care and her guardian, the black cat she only knows as Blackie. Watch this space for more news – and here is the corrected...

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Book Tour 101

Phew! Just booked two book trips for the next month – to the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia and Left Coast Crime in Reno.* And before we all start going on about the glamorous life of a working author, I thought I’d share the rules I follow when...

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See you in Reno!

Pleased as punch to announce I'll be on a panel at Left Coast Crime: "My Kind of Town (Rural & Suburban Crime)" Sunday at 10:15, with David Hagerty, Shannon Baker, James Haymon, Carrie Smith, and Heather Young. Seeing as how I'm coming off my most urban book – World...

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Catch up: the TBR pile and beyond

Things I've meant to blog about but haven't: For starters, the great books I got from authors I met at the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend weekend: "One Good Mama Bone," by Bren McClain. "Wickwythe Hall," by Judithe Little, and "Since You've Been Gone," by Christa Allan...

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Cover reveal: FEAR ON FOUR PAWS

Presenting FEAR ON FOUR PAWS, the seventh Pru Marlowe pet noir, to be published by Poisoned Pen Press in Aug., 2018 There’s trouble brewing in the woods of Beauville, and the only witness isn’t talking. When Pru Marlowe is called to a forest clearing to help with an...

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Authors on snacks

Just for fun... the wonderful online January Magazine has been asking authors what we snack on when deadline pressure hits. I wish I could have said "carrot sticks and mint tea," but no such...

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