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Same Book, Three Covers

Same Book, Three Covers

We all know that book covers sell books. Duh. Cover artists and publishers connect complicated pieces and parts to come up with covers that sell, reflect the contents, promote a brand for a series, and fit the publisher’s catalog. I had not thought about all those...

What I Missed at Left Coast Crime and Why It Matters

What I Missed at Left Coast Crime and Why It Matters

I made a difficult decision this past week. Months and months ago, I sent in my entry fee and planned to go to a writing conference called Left Coast Crime held in San Diego from March 11-15. I was looking forward to it because I’d been to Malice Domestic a couple of...

Is It the End After You Write “The End?”

Is It the End After You Write “The End?”

Writing “The End” on a manuscript is a luxurious feeling, followed quickly by exhaustion. Tons of anxiety and pressure fall from my shoulders, and I know I have finished another novel. It’s a bit sad because I’ve lived with these characters I love and admire, and then...

Never Take a Trip on Halloween

Never Take a Trip on Halloween

[I published this post several years ago, but felt it was worth revisiting.] Ever have one of those “Alfred Hitchcock moments” where everything seems totally normal but later turns weird? Such a moment happened to me when flying from Illinois to Phoenix, Arizona. My...

I Love Historical Research…Maybe Too Much Part II

I Love Historical Research…Maybe Too Much Part II

In my last post I discussed the plan I was making for the second Sweet Iron mystery. Because I have no imagination when it comes to titles, we are calling it Book #2. Eventually, the spirit will move me, and I'll have a title. Since I'm going back in time with this...

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