Vaino Laine: My Grandfather, His Wife, & Painting

Recently, I found a website which featured a painting by my grandfather, Vaino Laine, called “The Seine.” A moody piece, it was created in the year before he died. With its subdued palate of grey and beige, I wonder if my grandfather knew his heart would soon give out after he completed this work. I … Continue reading Vaino Laine: My Grandfather, His Wife, & Painting

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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

Shaking My Moneymaker: A Memory

This popped up on my Facebook feed as a memory from last year, and I thought it would be fun to share. Hope you enjoy it! When I was a teenager, I went to Lima, Peru for the summer. My Aunt Amelia got sick of me sitting in my room all day mooning over my … Continue reading Shaking My Moneymaker: A Memory

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