Category Archives: Of Interest

Elmore Leonard’s gone, but his work, and his writing tips, live on.

Several years ago, someone gave me a neat little book, “Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.” In true Leonard fashion, it’s spare, unfluffy and packs a punch. I’ve been a fan of Leonard for years, most recently of the TV … Continue reading

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Crime Bake changing up ‘Meet the Agents’ with Page One critiques

One of the most popular panels as Crime Bake every year is the Saturday afternoon “Meet the Agents” panel. The panels usually play to a packed room. Make that two packed rooms. And it’s no wonder — every writer who … Continue reading

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Eat, listen and be happy

Very rarely do two such excellent things come together at the same time as they will Thursday night, when Walker Memorial Library  in Westbrook, Maine, hosts “Cookies & Crime.” Yes, you read that right. Cookies. And Crime. What’s not to like? … Continue reading

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Kate Flora’s award for Redemption best SINCNE news of the week

Congratulations to Kate Flora, the  2013 Maine Literary Awards winner for Crime Fiction. (Redemption). Kate beat out some serious competition to be named the award winner May 31. Published by Five Star, “Redemption” is set in Portland, and is part … 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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Three-book deals and awards top SinCNE’s good news

We will be sharing good news as we get it! In this edition, news from Sherry Harris, Edith Maxwell, Arlene Kay, BA Shapiro and Kate Flora: Redemption by Kate Flora won the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance 2013 Book Award … 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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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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Gardner heist story is a lesson for writers: be the artist

Today was a great day for those of us who love to follow news and love mysteries at the same time. The FBI announced it knows who the culprits are in the 23-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. When the … Continue reading

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