In three weeks, I'll be driving 600 miles (round-trip) in order to spend five - fifteen minutes reading an excerpt from someone else's book at a small public library in Massachusetts. And I'm cancelling other plans to go. What possible reason could there be for such foolishness? Kurt Vonnegut. When I am asked for a… Continue reading Slaughterhouse-Five
With all good intentions, it's been nearly four months since the last time I blogged. So perhaps today is a good day to tell you about the Mystery Writers of America - New York Crime Fiction Reading Series at KGB. Six times a year, we descend on KGB, a literary dive bar located in the… Continue reading Crime Fiction Reading Series at KGB
Long before I ever considered becoming a writer of murder mysteries, my wife and I would make a trip every winter to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was an annual pilgrimage, a week of cross-country skiing in and around the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Every trip was memorable, but only one trip was… Continue reading They’re not killing guests
I was scrolling through my facebook feed this morning when I spotted a photo taken at a workshop on how to develop a series. The speaker in the photo is a talented and knowledgeable author. I will not mention her by name because you might mistakenly draw the conclusion that I am speaking ill of… Continue reading Cranky Old Man Updates His Blog
I attended a panel discussion and networking event last night, Tiger Talks in the City: Arts Entrepreneurship. The event was sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Arts Alumni. The focus of the panel was the theater, but the discussion could have been about most any artistic… Continue reading What is your success metric?
It was early in 2010, a few months after Five Star released the hardcover edition of It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder. I was speaking at the Jones Creek Branch of the East Baton Rouge Public Library. There was a nice turnout. I spoke for a while, answered some questions and signed some… Continue reading The effect of fire on the forest soils in the Pine Barren region of NJ
One of the things that I love at any good con is digging through the swag bag. I'd be lying if I said I keep everything, but I do appreciate every bit of swag. And there's always one thing buried deep in the bag that seems to have been selected by the cosmos especially for… Continue reading Hero’s Lust