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Catriona McPherson
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Catriona writes: I've just got back from three days in San Francisco, at the American Library Association Annual Conference (+ Pride). High emotion, high caffeine, high engagement, and all in a cavernous convention centre. I'm exhausted and that might be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at My Weblog
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by Catriona I don't mean it pejoratively. Honest, I don't. At the right time, I fully intend to become one. My friend Catherine and I are plotting this course together, planning to keep on with the hair and make-up and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona: I still miss The West Wing and I've visited the Governor's mansion in Sacramento more times than I can explain (how interesting is Ronald Reagan's telly?), so I'm thrilled to have a real live professional political operative here as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona: I'm delighted today to welcome Jim Ziskin as the guest blogger at Fatal Acres. Jim writes the deliciously grungy, almost-historical Ellie Stone series, set in the early 60s in New Holland, New York; a town where it only stops... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at My Weblog
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Bring snacks! Or Pepto-bismol, depending on your tastes. Last Friday a new book slipped its moorings and went out into the world. It's the fourteenth time I've experienced the thrills and chills of publication day and I still had butterflies... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at My Weblog
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I'm off to New York City early tomorrow morning to take part in a bit of Edgars week. (I'm blocking out exactly how early, actually.) And it feels different this time. For years and years, New York was my favourite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: A couple of years ago I was given the honour of moderating a debut authors' panel at a convention. One of the books was A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by some guy called Terry Shames. I emailed him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at My Weblog
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before dotting back to the future? Catriona writes: at Malice Domestic a year or two back, I sat down at a table at the new authors' breakfast, which I was attending as a vampire. No, not in a cloak and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at My Weblog
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I've always had two cats. A pair of brother and sister. Arthur and Maggie, Poppy and Clive, Carrie and Spud (actually not brother and sister now I think of it, a foundling and a pet shop springee), and most recently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at My Weblog
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Is there anything more deliciously awful than a non-apology? Benjamin Netanyahu's last week was a gem: I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. [NB - a useful test for genuine apology-hood is if you can take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: The shops are a riot of clashing red and pink, the price of roses is hiked up higher than Oliver Hardy's waistband and the population is preparing to split into the resentfully pressured and the wryly disappointed. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Awards are HUGE! Well, they don't hurt anyway. You know what I really regret about the night of the Anthonys? That I took it seriously when "they" said the nominees had to sit down the front. I wish I had been sitting with you. Edgars night, I might be in your lap.
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Catriona writes: It's an enormous pleasure to welcome today's guest to Femmes Fatales. I first met Alex when she threatened to derail a liar's panel at a convention. The panel hinged on there being some things a writer wouldn't talk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at My Weblog
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Book jackets have been on my mind recently. Not only - let's get the BSP out of the way right now - because Midnight Ink have just revealed the gorgeous cover for THE CHILD GARDEN, coming in September: but also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at My Weblog
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Reading Kris's Christmas shopping blog on Friday, put me right in the mood for the next couple of weeks. And brought back some happy memories too. I LOVE Christmas shopping. All three phases of it. Phase one: I've got thirty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at My Weblog
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Present-day northern California isn't exactly a desert when it comes to . . . let's call them imaginative health treatments. Now, we've all got our folklore about health - I'll tell mine below (with details of a book giveaway), but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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(Partial, pictorial and personal - by Catriona) It's hard to convey how many highlights there were at Bouchercon 2014: Murder at The Beach. The sunshine, the crsipy calamari at the Hyatt, the fact that my flight was only an hour... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at My Weblog
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Bouchercon - the country's biggest crimewriting convention - is about to kick off in Long Beach, CA. And several of your hard-working femmes are going to put their own selfish desires aside and spend the weekend in a posh hotel,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at My Weblog
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I've been driving around the UK for the last couple of weeks with BBC Radio 4 for company and trying to make sure I'm on the road every day at 10am. 10am is R4's finest hour, for then is when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at My Weblog
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A character says this in my latest book as she's driving westwards towards the (very lightly fictionalised) bay on the Solway where much of the action takes place. I did it myself shortly after arriving in Scotland too; Galloway is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: what a timely title D.E. Ireland (aka Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta) chose for their guest-blog! I've just come back from Bloody Scotland (Scotland's first crime-writing festival, now in its third triumphant year) which started the day after... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at My Weblog
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It's publication day today for a very special book. A book of many names: the red book, the feather book and, officially, Writes of Passage: adventures on the writer's journey by Sisters in Crime, edited by our very own Femme... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: The mystery world is stuffed to the gunnels (what's a gunnel?) with splendid people - warm, funny, wise, generous, clever, downright adorable. If I can steal an old Steve Martin joke, it's true to say that I'd rather... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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There were plenty little chores associated with moving from Scotland to California four years ago - wash all the garden tools with Lysol to sterilise them, pare down the book collection to a sensible size for packing, find good homes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: When I was moving into my current house - middle of nowhere, just past the back of beyond - I described its isolation as "if you went outside and screamed really loud the neighbours would probably hear you"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at My Weblog