December 10, 2018

Last week, Mystery Writers of America announced their grand marshal choices for the prestigious Edgar Awards, awarded annually for the best mystery books published in that year. The grand master award is given to a person to honor their contributions to the genre over the length of their career. The 2018 choice of recipients kicked off a heated debate between the old and new guardians of the genre...

November 12, 2018

There’s nothing like publishing a novel to knock your ego around. This year I lived the dream of publishing a novel. It was released to solid reviews and quickly picked up by the Book of the Month Club. I’ve been invited to read at some amazing places. I’ve confronted and mostly overcome my fear of public speaking. My friends all believe that since I achieved the dream, I am happy.

Truthfully, it’s...

October 10, 2018

In the summer of 2017, I met Gale Massey at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  We were in the same workshop – Randall Kenan’s and Margot Livesey’s – and we quickly bonded over our love of tightly-plotted novels. 

       One afternoon after lunch, we walked out to the overlook behind the inn, and Gale told me her novel had received an offer.  Now that novel, THE GIRL FROM BLIND RIVER, is in stor...

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