Sweet Beginnings and Grateful Endings

As November comes to a close and we slip into the busiest month of the year, there is much to be grateful for. One of my favorite things last month was the opportunity to speak about my books to the 5400 Club of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center. While the focus of …

Favorite Line Fridays – The Nightingale

In this edition of Favorite Line Fridays, I'm going back to 2015's THE NIGHTINGALE. I'm not sure I know anyone who read that lovely book and wasn't a fan. It stayed with me long after I'd finished it and even now, I would happily read it again. Like so many other readers, I raced through …

While Many Writers are Prepping for #NaNoWriMo…

Just like every year, I'm seeing authors prepping for #NaNoWriMo. I admire them, I really do, but I don't have it in me. For one thing, I don't write fast enough to do it. There are only so many hours in the day and I have other work, a family, temporary houseguests, a third novel in edits, and more. I …

Writing and Superstitions

When I can't find my trusty red pen, another red pen just won't do. In that moment, I'm convinced I need THAT pen and I may even waste several minutes - okay, a half hour - to find it. Silly? Yes, but fortunately, most of my superstitions are only temporary. The pen will run out of ink eventually …

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 …

Let’s Get This Party Started (aka the Soft-Approach Media Blitz)!

Stay of Execution was released in early March with no more fanfare than a blog post, Facebook announcement, tweet, and a few emails to friends. I didn't build up anticipation with a cover reveal or "almost here" posts. The truth is, I was consumed with getting the book published. And while I thought often of my marketing …