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Author Events: To Do or Not to Do, That is Today’s Question

Ever have an experience like this? You hurriedly finish work just in time to scramble around in the kitchen making a quick dinner, inhale it while wondering if everything is packed in your “author bag/box/container” and then throw kisses over … Continue reading


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PlotShots: What’s the Mystery?

Take Your Best… This week, Sisters in Crime New England challenges you with Mo Walsh’s latest creation: PlotShots: Take the writing prompt below and give us your best shot at writing a compelling crime story in 200 words or less! … Continue reading

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Writers at Work: Hank Phillippi Ryan Welcomes Kathy Lynn Emerson

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Yes–it’s interview day! And more of those in-depth discussions with your favorite authors are in the works. (Who would you like to hear from? What would you like to hear about?) But I’ve been thinking. What makes an author successful? What are the … Continue reading

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Hank Phillippi Ryan Interviews … JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING

Hank Phillippi Ryan:  I just came from giving a keynote at Sleuthfest, and I said, among other things!, mystery conventions are places where  300 people who’d rather be by themselves are forced to come together and actually TALK to each … Continue reading

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Hank Phillippi Ryan Interviews … NANCY PICKARD

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: There’d be no Sisters in Crime without Nancy Pickard, right? She’s a founding member, and former president. She says on her website she’s “not usually an organization kind of gal,”  but “Sisters In Crime was an organization … Continue reading

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Organization & Accountability (Or the Tedium of the Mundane)

Somehow when we picture ourselves as “real writers” or better yet, “bestselling authors,” the vision is one filled with glitz and glamour. Exciting parties. Titillating conversation with other wordsmiths. Champagne toasts over brie, whirlwind book tours, and readers discussing our … Continue reading

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Crime Bake Master Class: from Diane MacKinnon

Anatomy of a Bestseller by Diane MacKinnon  At the start of New England Crime Bake 2013: 12th Annual Mystery Conference for Writers and Readers, I was excited to attend Hallie Ephron’s Master Class: Anatomy of a Bestseller. As a writer … Continue reading

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Yoga for Crime Writers: AKA Corpse Pose

Crime Bake is a wonderful way to connect with writers, agents, editors, publishers and readers who love crime writing. But the annual conference also carries with it some baggage, in the form of physical and mental stress. Enter author and … Continue reading

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Writers’ challenges to help you…write

As I start getting psyched for November to arrive, I thought I’d share some writing-related challenges that may help give you the ‘it factor’ that you need to reach your goals. November is best known (to me) for National Novel … Continue reading

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Resource for writers – live chats every Sunday night

If you’d look to meet published authors, connect with other writers, or just have something new online to do on Sunday or Wednesday evenings, I can recommend The Writer’s Chatroom (TWC). I’ve been a moderator for the past 5 or so … Continue reading

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