Writing “The End” to the Endurance Mysteries

This past week I had the pleasure of seeing the last installment of my Endurance Mystery series launch on Amazon. Death Takes No Bribes is the finale of a trilogy that began with Three May Keep a Secret, and Marry in Haste. I have been fortunate to have had steadfast...

Mystery Writing: From Thought to Page

Last week I had a conversation with a local farmer who had dug a well that had a depth of four hundred feet. My mystery-writer brain immediately thought, “Ah, a great place to hide a body.” I was just joking. Well, kind of. Writers pick up ideas from conversations or...

Cats, Dogs and Mystery Novels

In my earlier years when I taught an occasional Shakespeare play at Monmouth High School, I used to enjoy explaining to my students the origin of the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” In the era of the British thatched roof and William Shakespeare, a homeowner...

The Delight of Book Deliveries

  Recently, I recalled one of the lows of book writing in a local newspaper: the many rejections an author faces. In this column, I am balancing that up with the joys. One of the high points of writing a book with a publisher is seeing that final book delivered...

Switching Gears

Until recently, I’d forgotten how difficult it is to start writing a new book, let alone a new series. At the beginning, I must create all new characters, locations, back stories, and plots. Because I write mysteries, I will spend hours putting together the...

Research on Las Vegas Legends

Welcome Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger, husband and wife writing team. Janet and Will have been writing Skylar Drake murder mysteries for the past three years, beginning with Slivers of Glass and Strange Markings. Now they have a third book in their series, Desert Ice,...

A Way to Say Thank You

I’m starting the new year out right by sending out a special invitation for people to download for free my ebook novella about TJ Sweeney, the town of Endurance’s top police detective. For three days, Jan 13-15, you can download TJ’s story FREE on...

Book Reviews Revisited

[I published a post on this topic once before, but I decided it would be a good subject to revisit now that my second Endurance mystery, Marry in Haste, has just been launched.]  A common plea I’ve seen recently on websites and Facebook reader/writer sites involve...

Now Let’s See … How Did that First Book End?

As of November 16, Marry in Haste has been shipped from the publisher and is now winding its way across the country to warehouses where it will be inventoried and then shipped off once again to places like Amazon.com, Target.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. It will also...

The Strange World of Research

“Fact and Fiction: The House at 402” is the title of a two-part article I wrote for the local newspaper about a huge Victorian house we lived in when we first moved to the small town of Monmouth, Illinois. I recently spent two weeks researching who built the house in...

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