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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: One of the things “they” always tell you is that you can’t write just dialogue. Your characters must be DOING something while they talk. I mourned the loss of flip phones, you know? Because snapping a phone... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Writers, what did you think it would be like, being an author? Readers, what do you think? The wonderful Shelley Costa makes me realize, before I started, I never quite thought about the writing life. And now... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It was such fun to get this essay from John Gaspard—because I think of Peter DeVries so often! No, really I do. He’s the one who said, “I only write when I’m inspired. And I make sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Aw, Carolyn Hart. I just clicked open her photo, and simply seeing her face made me smile. She is such a treasure and has done so much for the crime fiction world—and so it’s realy no surprise... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: The most unexpected thing happened a few Sundays ago. I was reading a pretty fascinating article in the New York Times about Alan Dershowitz, the big-shot big-time big-headlines lawyer, and it mentioned some of his celebrated cases.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: First an explanation. Or at least an introduction to the "You never know" theme. A year or so ago, may be two, I had finished a presentation at an out of state bookstore--I think it was Centuries... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It wasn't my idea to talk about gifts, but two things. One, yes, it's exactly the tight time for it. And two, today's guest Laura DiSIlverio herself is a gift. A gift to Sisters in Crime, where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Well, sure, we had dogs. We lived out in the country, and there was room for everyone. Rusty, the Irish Setter who chased cars with such a passion one ran into her, and we had to –well,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Book Tour! It is always so hilarious. Little things, like—how do you remember what day it is? Or what city you’re in? Yes, they are wonderful problems to have. Hey, the time changed to daylight savings while... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: So, Femmes, this is what happens several times a year on this wonderful blog…we all get to share the unimaginable incomparable craziness that is publication day! And, now, we have arrived at that astonishing point for my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Jon Land is the genuine article. He’s a terrific writer, an incredibly successful author, a tireless teacher, a mentor and guide and hilariously funny. He’s the best dinner pal ever—and knows his books and movies like nobody... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Bouchercon bound! I am packing like crazy and wondering if I need a coat and trying to decide if people really care about bookmarks and typing up my schedule… If you are looking for the Femmes in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Uh oh. I just looked at mine, and it says: inside general aviation hangar, surveillance camera, number of surveillance cameras in US, secret video taping, date rape victim...on and on. I have GOT to learn to clear... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: It's just happened, almost overnight. Something's in the air here in Boston--change, and potential, and the fabulous blue sky with that waft of salt air, and in the evenings the crickets going crazy. (And a special gift... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Today’s guest author, Stephanie Gayle, is the author of My Summer of Southern Discomfort and Idyll Threats. She’s the co-founder of the Boston reading Series, Craft on Draft. When not writing, she works at the MIT Media... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Tilia Jacobs--whose first mystery WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME Kirkus called “An intelligent, thought-provoking adventure story and a fine debut” and who has earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School among an impressive string of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Hurray for debut authors! What a journey they’ve had to pub day, and what a roller coaster journey they are about to continue. (Hurray! And hang on for the ride.) One of the things we dearly love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Our own duchess, the amazingly wonderful Rhys Bowen, is on the road again. I bet, right now, she has no idea what time it is. Or what city she’s in. She’s out in book tour land, talking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLPPI RYAN: It's the biggest unsolved mystery in Boston--what happened to the art taken in the Gardner Museum heist? And adding to the mystery--who in the wold might have the Rembrandt and the Vermeer and all the other treasures?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Continuing Charlaine’s theme of lists: It’s always: It’s always fun to have a good pal (in this case Barb Goffman) introduce you to a new-to-you author. In this case Kim Kash. It’s always hilarious to read a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Have you hear about HOVER? Anne Wilson’s debut novel from Forge Books is getting high-altitude buzz! And talk about air time. Here’s the incredibly cool cover. Is it a thriller? Or woman’s fiction? Can it be both?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I always remind my pals: why do you think they call that thing a “cursor”? Because writing is work. And our wonderfully talented guest, Connie Johnson Hambley, has figured out what we need to do it right:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: Are you busy? Yes, I know you are. But today my dear pal, the wonderfully talented author Wendy Tyson, has some lovely advice. So take two minutes, okay? Read this. Then go on with your day--maybe in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I know it looks like I am walking with my feet touching the ground--but I am not. I am now in possession of the ultimate answer to "Did you have a nice weekend?" Yes, indeedy. Here's who... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Guest blogger Jon James Miller will tell you he loves the written word even though most of the time it doesn’t love him. This love/hate relationship, he says, began back in film school when he decided to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at My Weblog