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The Femmes Fatales welcome guest blogger Judy Penz Sheluk . . . plus a Kindle copy giveaway of Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery (#1) Recently, I spent a couple of hours with a local creative writing group. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. I am not in the mood to write. I am also not in the mood to tidy my house in preparation for tomorrow's visit from my cleaners. Or to unpack from my trip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews at the Femmes Fatales. One of the dangerous things about hanging out with writers is that anything you do can and will be used against you—not in court, but fictionally, in some future book. My late father... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews for the Femmes Fatales. It’s a good thing I’d already turned in the manuscript of Die Like an Eagle last year. Because if I’d still been working on it this weekend, I’d have been tempted to steal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. I’m a non pet owner by choice. I’ll skip the long explanations on why—let’s just say I’m allergic to cat fur and dog walking. But I enjoy other people’s pets, and I’ll even take care of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. As anyone who knows me or follows my posts on social media has probably already figured out, I'm not a big fan of surveys. Even on those occasions when I do have something I want to say... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Given that this is the Fourth of July week, I should probably write about something patriotic and inspiring. Something soul-stirring. Something that would make you laugh and then bring in those sentimental tears at the end. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Today's the summer solstice. The good news is that now the summer of 2016 has officially begun. The bad news is that from tomorrow on, the days start getting shorter. Welcome to summer, the season of half-full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Over Memorial Day weekend I went to Hershey Gardens, and spent a big chunk of time in the butterfly house. I'm not sure why the butterflies fascinate me so much but they do; and the gardens had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at My Weblog
By Charlaine Harris. I am currently reading Skip Hollandsworth’s excellent true crime book, THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN. It’s the account of the horrendous series of crimes which shattered Austin, TX, beginning in 1884. In an eerie parallel to the Jack the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. “Show me a writer with a clean house and I'll show you a writer on a deadline.” I'm not sure who originally said that, but if it wasn't a writer, it was someone who lived with a... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Attending the Edgars banquet can be a lot of fun, for a lot of reasons. You get to greet old friends and meet new ones. You help celebrate the works that have been nominated for this most... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. If you're headed for this coming weekend's Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, here's your handy guide to finding the Femmes Fatales in attendance. Hank Phillippi Ryan is toastmaster, so she will be particularly easy to find,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. One of the lovely things about being a writer is that everything that happens to you can be fodder for a book. You'd think this would cause the universe, or at least some of the sentient beings... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Wikipedia's Recent Deaths page holds a curious fascination for me. I check it a couple of times a week, not because I'm obsessed with death and dying—well, no more than any mystery author is—but because behind each... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. So I should tell you all about the Virginia Festival of the Book, and what a great time I had, and post some pictures of the fabulous authors who attended . . . but I have spring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. I spent some time this morning looking up information about Dante's Inferno, because I wanted to know to which circle of hell Mr. Alighieri would have consigned one of this morning's callers. It was the sort of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Actually, I'm back from Phoenix now. Had a great time. Wish I could do it all over again. Alas, not possible . . . but at least I've got pictures. Lots of pictures. Here are a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Last Saturday--February 6, 2016--the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime held its first writing marathon. I'm saying first because while attendance was modest, most--if not all--of us who participated found it a very useful experience, and we're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. I'm a little late posting today, because for most of the day I thought it was Sunday. We're all having an extended Sunday in this part of the world. No mail delivery. No trash pickup. No school... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at My Weblog
Congratulations to Femme Fatale Catriona McPherson, whose latest standalone, The Child Garden (Midnight Ink), has been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark award! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna. The other day a friend told me that People magazine had started sending her its Spanish language edition. Unsolicited. And she's not a Spanish speaker. So she called to cancel it, and they wouldn't or couldn't. Even though... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. Advertising has changed. Advertisers used to try to lure you. Charm you. Entice you into staying in your chair instead of using the commercial break to hit the bathroom and the fridge. Distract you from turning the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews It's time to arrange my 2016 calendar! By which I don't mean that I'll be dashing down to the local indie bookstores to pore over their selection. (Sorry, local indie bookstores!) Since I've become an avid amateur... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews I'd never been to Crime Bake before, mostly because the organizers are fierce about keeping as much of the focus as possible on authors from the New England region, and as a Virginian, I just don't fit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at My Weblog