Favorite Line Fridays

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW …

The Author Community: Mystery and Thriller Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about being a writer is the author community. It's chock full of support and great advice and I never get tired of learning something new from another writer. All writers--no matter the genre--have one thing in common. They want to share their work with as many readers as possible. Through …

It’s STAY OF EXECUTION Day!

I'm thrilled that today marks the e-book release of STAY OF EXECUTION! This second in the Cancini series has been called "fast-paced", a "nail-biter", and perfect for fans of Making a Murderer. Because I love characters who are not always what they seem, this book is a favorite of mine. I hope new readers will love …

On Writing: 5 Best-Selling Authors Talk About the Business of Writing Serial Killers

When it comes to villains, serial killers are at the top of the food chain. They have no conscience and, crucial to the plot, they've been getting away with it for years, sometimes decades. As readers, we love a good whodunit and nothing beats a serial killer as the bad guy. To be fair, a serial rapist or arsonist or …

Psychoanalyzing Your Fiction

The mystery/suspense/thriller genre naturally lends itself to some very creepy characters. As my beta readers have told me recently, Stay of Execution is much darker than my first novel (and creepier). A Guilty Mind was meant to be a psychological mystery and as such, it was very focused on one of the protagonists, George, all …

Sometimes your writing is like leftovers…better the next day.

I love chili and stew and all things soup. While I often make them from scratch, they are also a great vehicle for leftovers. I don't know about you, but to me, leftovers always taste better the next day. Lately, I've been thinking the same thing about my writing. I've been on a roll - writing …