Author Archives: Maureen Milliken

About Maureen Milliken

Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. Follow her on Twitter at @mmilliken47 and like her Facebook page at Maureen Milliken mysteries. Sign up for email updates at She hosts the podcast Crime&Stuff with her sister Rebecca Milliken.

The Fast and the excellent: This week’s SINCNE good news

For our good news highlight of the week, we are thrilled to report member Kat Fast won first place in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2013 Short Story Contest. Kat’s story, “Ave Maria,” will appear in the anthology “Once Around the … Continue reading

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What my dad taught me about writing

Frequently on Fathers Day and Mothers Day, we’ll see pieces about the most important thing a parent taught the writer. I’ve always thought those were a little bogus — after all, every moment between a parent and child teaches the … Continue reading

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Don’t write a clunker: Context and care vital, but often overlooked

In the space of less than 24 hours, I read two different writers refer to someone who is black as “colored.” The day before, I read another writer’s reference to a “black nurse” when there was no reason to mention … Continue reading

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Good news blog, Emma the dog debut in SinCNE week of May 26

SinCNE President Julie Hennrikus started us off at last weekend with the latest good news as well as an appeal for us all to take advantage of the Internet and social media in Start Spreading the News!. The post is … Continue reading

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Distraction dogging you? Do as dogs do

I was finally getting some gardening done this week, battling with my raised beds and bags of dirt and the broken wheelbarrow — it truly is a battle — when I had a writing epiphany. It didn’t have anything to … Continue reading

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SINCNE Blog Summary April-May

YA Mysteries Theme of the Month, Linda Barnes interview caps it off By Maureen Milliken Nancy Gardner capped off a couple months of Sisters Pen, Ink & Crimes blogging with  an interview of Linda Barnes. Linda is, as Nancy points … Continue reading

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Don’t fall victim to Smurfette Syndrome in your writing

There was a nice interview in today’s Boston Globe G section with Geena Davis, who is on a campaign to generate more women’s roles in G and PG-rated movies. She’s noticed over the years that a lot of movies for … Continue reading

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Crime Bake registration is open!

It’s hard to think about November in May. I know, I know. You don’t want me to make you. But tear your eyes for a minute from those tulips sprouting out front and imagine the cold, dead trees, the wind … Continue reading

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Sisters in Crime reading weekend was just what weary writers needed

It’s tough these days to get anyone together for anything. All the conveniences we have are supposed to make things so much easier, but it seems like it just causes people to put more on their plate. So when Sisters … Continue reading

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New Englanders: Get out and READ (or be read to) this weekend!

The New England chapter of Sisters in Crime is hold six Murder by the Minute reads across the region — even in New York! — this weekend. It’s a great event, and the readers would love to see you there. … Continue reading

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