We do not experience the world directly. There is a moment, albeit an infinitesimally small moment, during which our brain processes experience. So we are always a moment removed from the experience. In that moment, we create the experience, we construct a story to make sense of the experience. Some of us write the story down.
This week-end is the annual Deadly Ink mystery conference in New Brunswick, NJ. Long-time readers will remember previous discussions of Deadly Ink. It is an intimate gathering of writers, readers and fans. As I have said, elsewhere, "I love spending a weekend chatting about books with old friends and new, with readers and writers alike.… Continue reading LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
When I was younger, it was easy to know which books were best sellers. They were the handful of books identified on the NY Times Best Seller list, published weekly in the Sunday Book Review. I never gave much thought to how it was that the NY Times was the arbiter of best sellerdom, but… Continue reading Best Sellers
I've just returned home after 10 days on the Maine coast. When I have more time, I'll write a proper blog about my trip. For now, here are a few photos. Next stop Baltimore, next week-end for Creatures, Crimes and Creativity. I'll be moderating a panel on using all 5 senses to engage readers. I'll… Continue reading Where I’ve been; where I’m going
The chalk outline is a well-established element in crime fiction. It was a natural choice for the name of my blog.In my first book, Who is Killing Doah's Deer?, high school science teacher Bill Wehnke (who is having an affair with the Mayor's wife) is found dead on a back road in the New Jersey… Continue reading The Chalk Outline
Today is the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon. To mark that moment in time, I am re-posting my short story, The Sound Bite, which was published in woman's corner magazine in 2006. With apologies to those of you who have seen this before...The Sound BiteI watched myself on TV today, stammering, the… Continue reading The Sound Bite
Two weeks ago, I told you about Deadly Ink, a conference for writers and fans of mysteries. The conference is now just two weeks off (August 1 - 3). If you've taken my advice, you've already registered for the conference, booked your hotel room and confirmed your travel arrangements. But there's still time for the… Continue reading Conference Program