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HANK PHILLIPPI RYA N: One of the joys of femme fataling is getting to introduce you to debut authors--especially when we find one who is incredibly talented and who has joined the author ranks after a successful career as...something else.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at My Weblog
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HANK PHILIPPI RYAN: Doing my taxes. There has got to be a better way! I wish I had taken a photo of my huge box of paperwork before I shipped it to the accountant. It was—well, poor Howard. He's about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at My Weblog
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“A fast-paced plot with plenty of false leads keeps the reader turning the pages.” –Publishers Weekly HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: PW above is describing Sandra Parshall’s brand new Poisoned Ground—but Sandy wants to talk about a different “fast placed plot with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I try not to Google stuff. I really try. I know it’s better to keep my brain remembering on its own, to keep it is top-notch thinking shape, to keep that retrieval system well-oiled and nimble. So... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK: Sometimes people ask me—did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Well, no, I always knew I wanted to be a—depending on when: cowboy, airline stewardess (this was the 50’s and that’s what they were called) waitress... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I recently posted on Facebook about an absolutely stomach-churningly ridiculously intimate discussion I could not help but overhear. I was having a manicure at my neighborhood place, and these two women were right beside me, and they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: I went to dancing school. Couple of times. Briefly. The first bad experience was ballet. Short verison, I wanted to be Maria Tallchief. However, the teacher, Madame D'Anguera, took my mother aside after a few months and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Someone asked me once if I could write a romance without a mystery. I thought about it for a second—then answered—well, if there’s no mystery to solve, what would the people DO? (I know, I know. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan One great thing: I was on the plane from somewhere to somewhere, trying to project a bubble around myself. A bubble that said: Don’t talk to me, I’m writing. I’m thinking: I’m a nice person, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: One thing I love about writers. For most people, when something happens, they applaud or complain or persevere--and then, poof, it's gone. Oh, sure, maybe they'll tell a friend over lunch, and, sometimes a particularly unusual event... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at My Weblog
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By Hank Phillippi Ryan In the car these days , we always use a GPS. When we make a wrong turn, the GPS voice doesn’t criticize, it just says "Recalculating..." I love that—it means, okay, you’ve decided to do something... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: When I was twelve or so, I fell in love with Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I know, odd choice, but there you are. In college, I dreamed about Henry V. Another odd choice. As a grown-up mystery fan,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan I’m trying something new on Twitter and Facebook--keeping track of my revision process for my newest book TRUTH BE TOLD. I love revisions. It’s a real joy to get to the end of the first draft... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan This is such a big day! Like Christmas Eve, almost. I still have nothing to wear tomorrow, and I’m working on my speech—but Tuesday is pub day for THE WRONG GIRL, with the launch at a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan My dreams are so obvious. The other night, I dreamed I was walking to my apartment (we don’t live in an apartment) and I realized I had no idea where it was. I had no idea... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: There’s certainly a good explanation. Maybe several, and only one or two are distressing. (First, though, whoo hoo. Very happy with the cover of the new RT Bookreviews. Nice, huh?) Anyway, about the “situation.” Let me admit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan When did my brain change? I remember so clearly, back in junior high (that’s what we called it) and then high school, doing my homework… with the radio on. There was only one station I cared... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: I know there’s love at first sight, if you believe in it and I might. And you know, there may also be “friend at first sight.” If there is, then it happened when I met Tilia Jacobs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at My Weblog
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HANK: Blessings on the fabulous Jesse, who was supposed to be here on Monday, but then got--well, how shall we put this--pre-empted by all the Femmes good news! (And there's more FEMME DANA is nominated for the Anthony for Best... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at My Weblog
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Such fun to share good news--and the Femmes Fatales have had quite the week! We'll do it chronologically, since we're all travely-goofy and happily exhausted: First, FEMME HANK's THE OTHER WOMAN WINS THE MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Whoo hoo. Here's... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: You know Hallie Ephron, of course. If you don't, go to her website RIGHT NOW and see what youre missing! (Of course, now, you're no longer missing it!)(She's third from left,(after mysterious blonde, and Jan Brogan) then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at My Weblog
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“In their unsettling romance that crosses small town social lines as well as the oceans and continents between Vermont and Afghanistan, the lovers at the core of Abide with Me strip away all that is unnecessary as they seek the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan Big news at the FEMMES! Fabulous Femme Dana Cameron has a new—well, if I say a new book, that’s just part of the story! When you say to Dana “what’s new?” Whoa. The answers are amazing. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan How do you handle it? It might be a diva problem--that's what I call any kind of whine that has to do with the results of luck or happiness or success. Like "oh, my chauffeur is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at My Weblog
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Hank Phillippi Ryan: You know Terry Ambrose from his fabulous column at Crime Fiction Examiner. But our Terry is also a pro (as a former skip tracer and deadbeat chaser) when it comes to scoping out scams and rip-offs! And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at My Weblog