Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bouchercon Thoughts

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Every fall, mystery fans and authors gather at Bouchercon to mix, mingle and crowd the hotel bar. There are panel discussions, parties, special events, and impromptu conversations in hallways and lobbies. It is always exhausting, never boring and frequently the best time some authors have all year. This year, Bouchercon was held in St. Louis, just minutes from the Gateway Arch. I was able to attend only a fraction of the conference, but here’s what I took home with me: …

Writing With … Alma Katsu

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An incredibly fun aspect of being a writer is meeting other writers. I had the pleasure of meeting Alma Katsu at Thrillerfest in July. Alma is the author of THE TAKER, a historical novel with a supernatural element. It’s been described as an “epic supernatural love story,” and compared to the early work of Anne Rice. Alma has an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and was an intelligence analyst with the CIA and NSA but resigned to pursue …


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Issue 43 of Crimespree magazine is out and available wherever mysteries are sold. This issue is special, because it features my essay about the films every mystery writer should see. ( I won’t divulge all the details, but one of them is Jaws.) Also in No. 43 are pieces from great writers like Lisa Unger, Craig McDonald, Reed Farrel Coleman and cover girl Sara Gran. It’s a keeper. You can buy single issues of Crimespree at mystery bookstores everywhere or …