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Had a great time meeting you Helen. And don't think you're ever not worthy! You've got a terrific writer's group, and you are totally going places. Hope you enjoy DOWN HOME! I always get nervous when people buy it because it was my first, with all the rough edges that come with most first novels.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Games and Stories at My Weblog
Have a wonderful time, and enjoy the memories.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on If it's Thursday, it must be Passau at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry In August, I attended Gen Con in Indianapolis, the granddaddy of tabletop gaming conventions, and though I've been meaning to write about it ever since, I don't think I can do it justice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry By the time this is posted, I'll be packed and ready to take off for GenCon in Indianapolis to participate in their Writer's Symposium. Though I've never attended a gaming convention, let alone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry We've all heard that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and that became really obvious to me recently when most of my family converged upon my father's house in Charlotte, NC for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I think Femme Dana and I first met Terrie Farley Moran at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. The three of us were signing copies of the MWA anthology Crimes by Moonlight,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Like many of us, I'll be traveling this summer. In fact, I may log more time on the road than here at home between now and Labor Day. Two trips are for writing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner Today is Steve's and my twenty-sixth anniversary, and I've found that this is the Original Pictures anniversary. That seems pretty darned appropriate, because after all these years, my memories of my wedding day are kind of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner It's not that I have any particular regrets with the way my life has gone, but sometimes I do wonder what would have happened if I'd made some different decisions along the way.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry This past weekend I attended Malice Domestic, the premier mystery convention for fans of traditional mysteries, and my very favorite convention. One of the standard questions bandied about when meeting new people is,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry A big day for William Shakespeare--it's his 450th birthday! Photo credit: The Telegraph I've always thought that Shakespeare's greatest gift was creating work that touches people all over the world, and for over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Any writer will tell you that there are some days that it sucks to be a writer. Some days the words won't come no matter how long you glare at the screen, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at My Weblog
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Toni writes: I'm very happy to welcome Jessie Crockett to the Femmes today. The first night I met Jessie, it was my pleasure to find her body and announce to the room that she was dead. Well, not really. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry In keeping with Donna Andrews's well thought-out post about award season etiquette for writers, we Femmes would like to present the work we have available for the Lefty and other Left Coast Crime... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at My Weblog
When my girls were younger, I always gave them their marching orders before trips and outings like field trips. I'd tuck important phone numbers into their coat pockets and backpacks, tell them where to meet up in case of emergency, and remind them what the number for 911 was. (They always remembered it, too.) I also have a certain fear of fire, so check out exits at public spaces. We haven't needed any of the prep--yet--but we'll be ready.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2014 on The Femmes Fatales welcome Julie Hyzy! at My Weblog
Another unwritten rule that should probably be written. An elevator pitch is a short pitch you can give to an agent, editor, or reader--as if it were during an elevator ride. It does NOT mean to try to sell your books to a captive audience on an elevator. Yes, there was one guy who used to do exactly that at mystery conventions. Longest elevator ride of my life.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog
I'm going to add that notes along the lines of, "I'll nominate you if you'll nominate me" make me extremely uncomfortable. Yes, I want to be nominated, but I want it to be because people like the work, and yes, I want to nominate my friends, but only when I like the work. It's not a quid pro quo situation. Congrats Tracy, and Terrie, looking forward to your release in August.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's. I love the sense of making a fresh start, but I'm not crazy about the feeling that I have to get back to work, make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at My Weblog
Thanks so much for visiting us, Hallie!
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2013 on When Truth Is Strange Indeed at My Weblog
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by Hallie Ephron Today the Femmes are delighted to welcome the multi-talented Hallie Ephron. Hallie is an award-winning reviewer, writer of nonfiction, co-author of the Peter Zak series, and most recently the author of wonderful books of psychological suspense. There... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at My Weblog
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Thanksgiving is a time for family, so when I was deciding who to ask to write a guest blog for the Femmes, I looked no further than my own family. In this case, my husband Stephen P. Kelner. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P.Kelner One of the best parts about the writing business is that there's always something different to try, and I'm in the middle of a different kind of project right now and I'm having a great time. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner Today I went out into my own backyard--well, I thought it was my yard. I faithfully pay the montly mortgage, but today I felt like an interloper. As I stepped onto the porch,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at My Weblog
Great seeing you, Jeff. And Susanne, too. But Chris, I totally missed you. Dang it!
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry My family and I recently returned from nine days on vacation, and when we got home late Sunday night we were jet-lagged and worn out. There were at least six packages waiting, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at My Weblog