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Dean James
Author of the "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries as Miranda James
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Various memes pop up on Facebook constantly, and some of them have to do with personal quirks and/or unusual information about the person posting them. I've not yielded to temptation on Facebook, but I thought the idea an amusing one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at My Weblog
Until recently, I've not had kittens in the house for over twenty years. In that time my memory of kittenish antics faded, but with Bert & Ernie, the tuxedo brothers I adopted Thanksgiving weekend, I am finding those memories renewed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at My Weblog
I learned yesterday of the death at 88 of mystery writer Marian Babson (1929-2017). Marian, born Ruth Stenstreem in Salem, Massachusetts, emigrated to England in the 1960s, I believe. She lived there the rest of her life. Beginning in 1971... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at My Weblog
I've had two cats for the past five-and-a-half years. Pippa and Toby. They are both now six-and-a-half, more or less. I thought that two cats was plenty. Pippa is a calico and quite the little princess. Toby is a large... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at My Weblog
The Femmes Fatales wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, and we are thankful to you all for your continued support! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at My Weblog
I can't pinpoint when my interest in history first began, particularly my interest in the history of my family. I do remember as a teenager meeting one of my paternal grandfather's cousins who shared with the work she had done... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at My Weblog
The recent weather events with Harvey and Irma have brought back many memories of my own experiences with hurricanes from my years in Houston. Before I lived through Alicia in Houston in 1983, my only experience that I could recall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at My Weblog
I write series books that follow the adventures of a main character or characters, along with the secondary characters who are a part of the main characters' lives. Though the main character is always the chief focus of the story,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at My Weblog
Yes, I kill people. To date, upwards of thirty. More to come, I hope. And of course I'm sure anyone reading this realizes that I'm writing about fictional characters being murdered. People who read my books already know this about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at My Weblog
I've written here before about how discovering Nancy Drew inspired my love of mysteries. Nancy led me to a host of other juvenile detectives, and I read as many of them as I could find. In the late 1960s and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at My Weblog
Visiting us today is one of the original Femmes Fatales, Julie Wray Herman. Julie and I have been good friends for over twenty years, and I have always been a fan of her writing. She wrote three wonderful mysteries for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at My Weblog
When I'm working on a book I don't usually read mysteries. What I read during the period of completing a manuscript varies, depending on whatever my mood might be. At present, during my downtime (usually a little while before bedtime),... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at My Weblog
One of the questions facing mystery writers is whether to write a series or to write stand-alones. The answer depends on several things: the preferences of the writer, the intended audience, and, to a certain degree, the marketplace. My preference... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at My Weblog
This past weekend I attended the Alabama Book Festival in the state capitol, Montgomery. Carolyn Haines and I did a panel together on cozy mysteries, moderated by our friend Tammy Lynn. This was only the second state book festival that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at My Weblog
Carolyn Haines is no stranger to Femmes readers. The USA Today-bestselling author has shared her insights on writing with us before. This week she is launching a new (well, not completely new) venture in her publishing career. For a number... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at My Weblog
A common question for writers is "Where did you get the idea for your latest book?" Some writers cringe when they hear this question, because sometimes it's hard to say exactly where the inspiration for a book originates. A chance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at My Weblog
Not a good day for Julius Caesar... Et tu, Brute? and all that... but possibly a good day to talk about some of my favorite historical mysteries and series. I became fascinated with English history in my teenage years, so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at My Weblog
There are those who say that book covers really don't matter. After all, it's what is between them that is really important. Bad books can have great cover art -- and great books can have abysmal covers. I am one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at My Weblog
I like to compare reading a book to taking a trip. When I open a book and turn to the first page, I liken it to taking that first step on a journey. Whither am I bound? I could be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at My Weblog
For my first blog post last year, I shared my thoughts on not making any resolutions for the new year. Now we're in 2017, and my intention remains firm... so in case you missed it last year, here's what I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at My Weblog
My only persistent Christmas tradition revolves around movies. During this time every year, I take time to watch my favorite holiday movies, either on DVD or when they appear on Turner Classic Movies. For me, the season wouldn't be completely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at My Weblog
Last week my partner and I took a week-long cruise on the Carnival Dream in the western Caribbean. This was my third cruise, and the ship was the largest by far that I've sailed on. Capacity is around 4,000 people.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at My Weblog
One of my beloved teachers, the late professor Maria Hogan Butler, once quoted these lines to me in a letter -- words of encouragement when I sorely needed them. They come from Robert Browning's "Epilogue to 'Asolando'." "One who never... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at My Weblog
A few years ago I stumbled across the work of an English writer, Elizabeth Cadell. Born in India in 1903 of British parents, she grew up on the subcontinent and was educated there. She returned to England at some point,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at My Weblog
I have always had a predilection for female amateur detectives, ever since I first discovered Nancy Drew over forty years ago with The Secret of Shadow Ranch. That was the first mystery I read, and when I graduated to adult... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at My Weblog