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Joanna Campbell Slan
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In an attempt to consummate his marriage, King Philip V of Spain ordered his Spanish galleons to bring back treasure from the new world. Unfortunately, the ships encountered a hurricane and sank. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at My Weblog
Twenty-five reasons to love audiobooks and how to make them more affordable. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at My Weblog
Joanna Campbell Slan explains how she created a cookbook with a coloring book to match it. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at My Weblog
Lois Winston explains how she mixes mystery and romance with a dash of humor. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at My Weblog
Joanna Campbell Slan explains how a loving gift takes on a life of its own from generation to generation. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at My Weblog
i learned a lot about what Hollywood agents want when I flew to Los Angeles and pitched one. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at My Weblog
As a writer, I depend on my computer. Here are good habits I've learned the hard way, habits that will protect my work. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at My Weblog
If you're tired of feeling "less than," maybe it's time for you to join the Cool Girls Club, where we're all Cool Girls, and we support each other. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at My Weblog
The journalists who died in the shooting at The Capital, an Annapolis newspaper, were especially vulnerable. Here's why. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at My Weblog
Here are eight ways to motivate yourself to write. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at My Weblog
When Anya misses out on a school trip, her little brother tries to make it "all better." Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at My Weblog
What does an indie author do all day long? Here's a partial listing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at My Weblog
Have we learned anything from the Salem witch trials? Evidently not. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at My Weblog
More and more dogs are traveling with their owners. Joanna Campbell Slan offers six tips for smooth sailing--or flying! Plus the chance to win a bag of dog treats. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at My Weblog
eSports is the fastest growing industry today, but you might never have heard of it. Here's a quick overview. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at My Weblog
In an ever-expanding marketplace of books, two authors brainstormed a unique way to promote themselves by teaming with other authors to create the Happy Homicides series of cozy mystery anthologies. Here's the thought-process behind this successful brand. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at My Weblog
Tomorrow I’m going to Malice Domestic, the annual gathering for those of us who love the traditional mystery. Although it’s billed as a fan conference, Malice is more of a yearly party where readers, writers, and lovers of traditional mysteries... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at My Weblog
Get cozy with the Guerilla Girls. The Guerilla Girls are an anonymous group of art activists who use humor to point out sexism and racism in the arts. Shoot, I’d never heard of them, but when my eighteen-year-old niece saw... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at My Weblog
By Joanna Campbell Slan Being right. People who are always right, forfeit their humanity. First off, it shows you’re emphasizing the wrong thing—your perfection. Here’s the simple truth: Humans make mistakes. If you don’t, then we can safely assume you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at My Weblog
By Joanna Campbell Slan Author’s Note: For every story, there’s a backstory, that little-known information that explains the present. I think this is one is particularly appropriate for Friday the 13th! Growing up in Vincennes, Indiana, there wasn’t much to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at My Weblog
As promised, here's the finished Christmas Cactus. Those big flowers? They're the bottom of plastic water bottles! (I love to recycle.) Happy Holidays! -- Joanna Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at My Weblog
by Joanna Campbell Slan “I’d love to have a cactus for a Christmas tree. Not a real one. I saw a statue of one in an art gallery, but it was crazy expensive. Even so…” and Chelsea sighed. Chelsea is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at My Weblog
By Joanna Campbell Slan After visiting my home on Jupiter Island, Elaine Viets told me she had a bad case of “office envy.” I heard her with my ears and my heart. I live on a small island in an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at My Weblog
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Nov 30, 2016