Mostly Ghostly Story for Halloween

It’s Halloween🎃. Time for a ghost story. Enjoy! 👻 📖 👀

Like A Virgin: Bouchercon For Rookies

Last year, I attended Bouchercon, the world’s largest mystery convention, for the first time. It was cool, I got a prize, and I wrote about my experience here: Each year, there are mystery writers and fans who will attend Bouchercon (or Bcon) for the very first time. Bouchercon newbies, you should read BOLO BOOKS’ definitive … Continue reading Like A Virgin: Bouchercon For Rookies

Too Old for Snapchat, Too Young for Life Alert: A Low-Key Guide to St. Pete Beach

Recently, my husband and I booked a last-minute trip from Minneapolis, Minnesota to St. Petersburg, Florida after experiencing a $#@*% blizzard in April. My in-laws were going on a month-long cruise, so we jumped at the chance to stay at their place. Between free lodging and purchasing our airline tickets with miles, we were able … Continue reading Too Old for Snapchat, Too Young for Life Alert: A Low-Key Guide to St. Pete Beach

Book Review: “Danny Who?” a memoir by Tom Dahill (Gwenwst Books)

Last year, I met Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson at a reading/performance for “Danny Who?: Four Decades in Irish Music,” Tom’s memoir about life as an Irish-American musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. Since then, I’ve become a fan not only of the book but also of the traditional Irish music which Dahill and Johnson perform in … Continue reading Book Review: “Danny Who?” a memoir by Tom Dahill (Gwenwst Books)

Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good

Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good   This year I attended Bouchercon for the first time. It was pretty damn good. Here’s why. Wednesday, October 11th *SinC Into Great Writing’s “Learn How to Give Your Novel Structure” Workshop with Alexandra Sokoloff My friend and roommate, Mia Manansala, and I arrived in Toronto a day early to … Continue reading Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good

Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two

Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two Last year was my first time at the Writers Police Academy and it was amazing.  I wasn’t sure what to expect this year, but there was no need to fear: the 2017 WPA was awesome.  Here’s why: 1. Road Tripping with Me, Myself, and … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two

World Building: Why Flaws Matter

World building (generally associated with science fiction and fantasy) is essential for all writers. Whether you’re writing memoir, crime fiction, or romance, your world should come to life for the reader. Think of your world as another character. Good characters have flaws that make them more human and attractive to readers. Here’s why story world … Continue reading World Building: Why Flaws Matter