Writing Diverse Characters

Recently, a fellow writer asked me how to write diverse characters. Here are some suggestions. Conduct research. There are a number of excellent and free resources out there with information on how to write diverse characters including https://writingtheother.com and https://writingtheother.com/resources/. Other ways to research diverse characters include reading essays, short stories, and novels by diverse writers, attending their … Continue reading Writing Diverse Characters

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