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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Any writer will tell you that there are some days that it sucks to be a writer. Some days the words won't come no matter how long you glare at the screen, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at My Weblog
Toni writes: I'm very happy to welcome Jessie Crockett to the Femmes today. The first night I met Jessie, it was my pleasure to find her body and announce to the room that she was dead. Well, not really. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry In keeping with Donna Andrews's well thought-out post about award season etiquette for writers, we Femmes would like to present the work we have available for the Lefty and other Left Coast Crime... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at My Weblog
When my girls were younger, I always gave them their marching orders before trips and outings like field trips. I'd tuck important phone numbers into their coat pockets and backpacks, tell them where to meet up in case of emergency, and remind them what the number for 911 was. (They always remembered it, too.) I also have a certain fear of fire, so check out exits at public spaces. We haven't needed any of the prep--yet--but we'll be ready.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2014 on The Femmes Fatales welcome Julie Hyzy! at My Weblog
Another unwritten rule that should probably be written. An elevator pitch is a short pitch you can give to an agent, editor, or reader--as if it were during an elevator ride. It does NOT mean to try to sell your books to a captive audience on an elevator. Yes, there was one guy who used to do exactly that at mystery conventions. Longest elevator ride of my life.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog
I'm going to add that notes along the lines of, "I'll nominate you if you'll nominate me" make me extremely uncomfortable. Yes, I want to be nominated, but I want it to be because people like the work, and yes, I want to nominate my friends, but only when I like the work. It's not a quid pro quo situation. Congrats Tracy, and Terrie, looking forward to your release in August.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's. I love the sense of making a fresh start, but I'm not crazy about the feeling that I have to get back to work, make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at My Weblog
Thanks so much for visiting us, Hallie!
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2013 on When Truth Is Strange Indeed at My Weblog
by Hallie Ephron Today the Femmes are delighted to welcome the multi-talented Hallie Ephron. Hallie is an award-winning reviewer, writer of nonfiction, co-author of the Peter Zak series, and most recently the author of wonderful books of psychological suspense. There... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at My Weblog
Thanksgiving is a time for family, so when I was deciding who to ask to write a guest blog for the Femmes, I looked no further than my own family. In this case, my husband Stephen P. Kelner. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P.Kelner One of the best parts about the writing business is that there's always something different to try, and I'm in the middle of a different kind of project right now and I'm having a great time. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner Today I went out into my own backyard--well, I thought it was my yard. I faithfully pay the montly mortgage, but today I felt like an interloper. As I stepped onto the porch,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at My Weblog
Great seeing you, Jeff. And Susanne, too. But Chris, I totally missed you. Dang it!
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry My family and I recently returned from nine days on vacation, and when we got home late Sunday night we were jet-lagged and worn out. There were at least six packages waiting, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Every year has milestones, but 2013 is just chockful of them, personal and professional, parental and psuedonymous. In fact, I've already passed a couple but there are plenty more to come. May 9:... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at My Weblog
Well, pooh, Jeff. I'm sorry we won't be seeing you. But I'm going to Albany, too, so we can catch you then.
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by Toni L.P. Kelner Like most bloggers, I tend to post about the things I can do, want to do, or have done. Sometimes I add a bit about what my children can do, want to do, or have done.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner This weekend my family and I attended Arisia, which bills itself as "New England's largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention." Folks, they're not kidding. Just look at this year's Guests of Honor. For... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner Oops. I was supposed to post something to the blog yesterday, but you know, there was all this talk abou the world ending and I thought it would be silly to post something that wouldn't get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner A lovely by-product of being married to a psychologist is the interesting magazines that show up in our mail slot. They often end up in to-be-read stacks, but when unearthed, provide some unusual, but often fascinating,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at My Weblog
I'm still bummed at the lack of dancing this time 'round. Albany Bcon? Are you listening? We want to boogie!
by Toni L.P. Kelner I recently took my daughters to a talk by cartoonist Keith Knight, creator of the comic strips The K Chronicles, Knight Life, and Th(ink), and we really had a great time. My husband Steve was the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner This summer I've been working on the first in a new mystery series, the Family Skeleton series. The protagonist is Georgia, a single mother and adjunct English instructor who moves back home and has to deal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner In speaking of Hollywood, William Goldman once said, "Nobody knows anything." These days I think that's just as true of publishing. Or maybe it's just me. I spent this past weekend at the science fiction convention... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at My Weblog
I think I have most of the paperback UNCLE novels, but I know I have a complete run of UNCLE digest magazines. Never tried to write anything for UNCLE--by the time I discovered the show, it was far too late. But I sure did enjoy reading those books and magazines!
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