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by Donna Andrews I just hit the send button on an email transmitting the draft of The Nightingale Before Christmas to my editor. Allow me to pause and utter a small sigh of relief. There are few things that make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews One of the joys of going to Left Coast Crime this year was the location, a block from the waterfront in Monterey, California. I played hookey a couple of times to walk up and down the shore... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I live in in sports heaven. Here in metro Boston, we have the Bruins for hockey, the Celtics for basketball, the Patriots for football, the Red Sox for baseball, and of course, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews I was at a library event on Saturday the 8th (thank you, librarians and patrons of the Kings Park Library in Fairfax, Virginia), and someone asked the inevitable question: do we know beforehand what we're going to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at My Weblog
(And other exploits of a murder-mystery writer) By Kwei Quartey I feel I would be cheating my readers if I didn’t experience most, if not all, of the circumstances my Ghanaian protagonist Detective Inspector Darko goes through. The notable exception... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews I'm not, so thank goodness for people who are. Last week, the copyedited manuscript of The Good, the Bad, and the Emus landed on my doorstep. The copyedit is the next-to-last time the writer sees the book... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at My Weblog
by Mary Hart Perry (aka Kathryn Johnson) Dangerous, seductive, mysterious, fascinating women have used their charms for their own purposes throughout history. The Sirens, Medea, Salome, Marie Antoinette, Mata Hari, and countless others of the female sex who appear in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews Some of you may have met Sheila Lowe, who wears several hats. She’s a court-qualified handwriting examiner with more than forty years’ experience in the field. And she’s the author of a mystery series, published by Penguin,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews How I wish Miss Manners would turn her attention to some of the more esoteric areas of etiquette—like etiquette for the hard working writer. Because there’s a crying need for this. But since Miss Manners doesn’t seem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at My Weblog
by John L. French I suppose I should start by introducing myself. I’m John L. French and in real life I’m a crime scene investigator for ... well, let’s just say it’s for a very busy East Coast city. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews It's the time of year for sharing fond memories of holidays past. I was torn betwen telling you about my mother's blue Christmas and the year Dad got stuck in a pine tree on Christmas morning. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at My Weblog
by Charlaine Harris Before I actually began getting older, I was comfortable in a rut. The everyday uproar of bringing up three children and trying to keep a career on track, a house running, definitely took up all my time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews So the good news from here at Hellebore Acre is that I'm fine. And the roof is fine. And as they gradually check in, all my friends and neighbors seem to be fine. But alas, one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews Saturday morning, I was heading out to pick up my 91-year-old Mom for a long drive to a family event. I was resigned to the fact that by day's end my voice would be hoarse, if not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at My Weblog
by Charlaine Harris Dr. Karen Ross received her medical degree from the University of Louisiana. She’s worked in three high-traffic places: at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences/UT Southwestern Medical School/Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at My Weblog
by Charlaine Harris Loan Tran, whom I met a few months ago, works at (take a deep breath) the Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Office of the Medical Examiner. She's a Medicolegal Death Investigator, a job commonly mistaken... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews In case the fading certificate above is hard to read, it says: "In memory of Private Luther C. Hornsby, Co. "A," 9th Infantry, who died November 13rh, 1918. He bravely laid down his life for the cause... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews I'm probably getting a bad rep on Facebook--and possibly here as well--as someone who's continually whining about technology. Maybe it's a well-deserved bad rep. Because I can almost guarantee you that whenever a technology company proudly introduces... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews Some of you may have heard me tell this story. But I think it deserves telling again. Although I’d been writing since I learned how to hold a pencil, I took my first formal writing class in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews Duck the Halls--a new Christmas book in my Meg Langslow series--comes out this Tuesday, October 22 from Minotaur. And it wouldn't have been existed without my agent, Ellen Geiger, of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. And I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews My checkered history with Apple goes way back. I no longer remember precisely when I decided to get a computer, but I think it was around 1983 or 1984, because that’s when the Apple IIe came out,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews We've been inseparable for several years, but this week we've been going through a patch. I wouldn't quite call it a spat--I seem to be the only one who thinks there's a problem. Too soon to say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at My Weblog
by Catriona McPherson Pale-faced, gravel-voiced and dot-eyed with exhaustion, crime fans and crime writers are on their way back home from Bouchercon in Albany. I blame Sue Grafton, who said this morning at the Guest of Honour round-up that she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at My Weblog
It's a busy fall for the Femmes (and Frere) Fatales. Some of us will be at Bouchercon (Donna Andrews, Dana Cameron, Charlaine Harris, Toni Kelner (aka Leigh Perry), Catriona McPherson, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Marcia Talley). And the absent Femmes--Dean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews (pictures also by Donna, but they may or may not have anything to do with the text) Yesterday I was watching the nine-year-old nephews for a while, and one of them kept asking me if there were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at My Weblog