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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Someone once asked me if I could write a mystery without any romance. I said--well, no, not if the characters are living breathing people. Even a character thinking about that there's "no romance" is romance, right? Then... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: The book I'm working on right now--or, SHOULD be working on, as so often is the case--is titled WHAT YOU SEE. It's about how what you see in not always...well, you can imagine. And that brings me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at My Weblog
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BREAKING NEWS! THE WRONG GIRL wins the DAPHNE for Best Mystery/Suspense! (You know what I mean..) HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Do you still read paperbacks? If the answer is yes, keep reading—I have an irresistible offer for you. If the answer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: When I first read this post, a song started going through my head, and it took me just a moment to figure out. The song "And Watch Our Garden Grow" from Candide--do you know it? Is one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: So, handwriting. I am always afraid to send notes to people They email me back and write things like," Uh, Hank? I got your note. Thank you, but what did it say?" My handwriting is astonishingly bad.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: We were talking the other day about history class, and, basically, how we wish we'd listened. I said--okay, silly I know and I was reductio ad absurding--history is SUCH good story, you know? WIth a great plot,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I love Laura Benedict. I do. And after reading this, there's another reason. What she's confessing to? I do it, too. I say: it's EDUCATIONAL for an author. It helps me understand how a really good writer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I don't know. I don't know. I just DON'T KNOW. Is there something horribly missing in my knowledge of popular culture that I have no idea who would play Jake and Jane in the movies of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at My Weblog
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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 Apr 14, 2014 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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