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by Donna Andrews. When the world turns your name into a verb--well, sometimes it's a good thing. Other times . . . consider the case of Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825). He was a physician. A philanthropist. A notable chess player. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews Writers see the world differently. Especially mystery writers. Yesterday, as I was driving down the back roads of Reston and Vienna to pick up my friend Joni so we could carpool to a Malice Domestic planning meeting,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Femmes Fatales guest Alan Orloff. Thanks for inviting me to guest blog! (And hi to all the Femmes Fatales who I know—which is most of you!) Some people call me a pack rat. Of course, those are only the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. I could tell you about our latest eight inches of snow--nothing by Boston standards, but pretty impressive for around here. I could share pictures of snowdrifts and birds fluffed against the cold, waiting their turn at my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Confession time: I am not a bird expert. I write a series with birds in the title, but Meg Langslow, my heroine, is not a birder. Her dad is--as my dad was. You pick up stuff along... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews It's been said before. In fact, it's a cliché. But like many clichés, it became one because it's true. When you're nominated for something, that's exactly how you feel. I look at my fellow nominees for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews I always like it when I find that my readers are invested enough in the world of my books to ask questions about the characters that go beyond the page. And I figure if one reader wonders,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. It's the time of year when everyone's making New Year's resolutions . . . or maybe already breaking them. I look forward to hearing what my fellow Femmes have in mind for this year. But first, let's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. To announce the release of The Nightingale Before Christmas, my latest Meg Langslow Christmas mystery, I sent out a newsletter, and included a contest, inviting readers to name their favorite character in the series for a chance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews A few more holiday photos from the Femmes Fatales. First, Ginger, my canine niece, had a great Christmas--she got to spend most of the day with Grandma. And from Kris Neri: Philly, the rein-cat. And Annabelle, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews The Femmes Fatales (and Frere) have been taking some time off to celebrate the holidays with our families. But--a picture's worth a thousand words, right? So here are a few thousand words about our holidays. Catriona McPherson's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at My Weblog
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by guest blogger Sherry Harris When I got the opportunity to write the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series, I had a heck of a time deciding where to set it. My husband served in the Air Force for 21 years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at My Weblog
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by guest blogger Maya Corrigan “I wish some psychologist would provide a convincing explanation of why murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.” --W. H. Auden, “The Kitchen of Life: An Introduction to the Art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. One of the questions readers ask that used to bother me was the inevitable “where do you get your ideas?” Writers tend to find this question a lot less interesting than readers, perhaps because we realize that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews. I'm going to start with an official announcement from Malice Domestic: IF YOU’RE AN UNPUBLSHED WRITER, DON’T MISS THE BOAT! The deadline for submission to the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. I just got back from my trip to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where I attended this year's Novelists, Inc. conference. Great time. Tired. No words. But I did get photos. Here are a few. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at My Weblog
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Well, actually Dean is. Wearing his Miranda James hat. We just got the news that Bless Her Dead Little Heart, the first in his new Southern Ladies Mysteries, will debut at number 14 on the New York Times bestseller list.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Where did the summer go? This is the time of year when I traditionally beat myself up about everything I didn't get done this summer. It's a legacy from my long-past school days, I know, the feeling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. You know it's time. Bite the bullet. Take the plunge. What used to be a beautiful thing just doesn't work anymore. It's time. It's past time. But something keeps holding you back. I'm thinking of unsubscribing from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Avast, landlubbers! There be pirates here! (And also a free book offer. More on that later.) When Barb Goffman, Marcia Talley, and I came up with Homicidal Holidays as the theme for the sixth volume of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. I've been doing the 365 project for several years now. The 365 project challenges you to post, for every day, a picture that was taken that day. I like it because it makes me focus more on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews Yes, I had a very blue weekend. No sympathy, please; I'm in a great mood. I just got back from the Writers Police Academy. I will pause now for the requisite thank yous: to Lee Lofland for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Denise Swanson I hate doing research. I hated it in college. I hated it during the twenty-two years that I was a practicing psychologist. And I figured that I’d hate it as a fiction writer. Which is one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews This past Saturday I went peach picking in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with a group of friends. It’s something we try to do every year. This year, by the time David, our leader, conferred with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Lynn Cahoon Thanks for inviting me to blog with Femme Fatales. Between being a plotting pantser (which means the story develops as I write it) and having a touch of ADHD, sometimes, I’m a mess. I can be rocking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at My Weblog