WPA-“From Fact to Fiction”

Our Friday afternoon speaker was Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times bestselling suspense novelist. Lisa spoke on: “From Fact to Fiction: How to Turn Chilling Research into a Thrilling Novel.” I’ve read some of Lisa’s novels and she truly does write a chilling story. Much of what she said … Continue reading

WPA-Women in Law Enforcement and an Accident Response

My learning experiences at Writers’ Police Academy continued early Friday morning when we stepped off the bus that took us from the Marriott Hotel to Guilford Technical Community College/Public Safety and were herded over to an “accident scene.” The “scene” was that a drunk driver lost control of his car … Continue reading

WPA Wow!!

What a fantastic four days. This was my second Writers’ Police Academy and I still wasn’t able to work in all of the interesting and informative sessions. Thursday night we watched Eli Jackson and her sister demonstrate how to disarm someone if they have a gun pointed at you. After … Continue reading

Count Down to WPA

One week from today I’ll be heading to Greensboro, NC, to participate in my second Writers’ Police Academy. (http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/) From Thursday to Sunday, I, and a slew of other writers, will have access to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and martial arts experts, as well as several NYT’s authors. I’ve already … Continue reading

Sleuthfest2014

Last week I attended Sleuthfest 2014 in Orlando, Florida. For four days I was surrounded by writers and bombarded with ideas. Friday and Saturday there were four tracks offered each hour providing information and ideas ranging from basic writing tips to how to keep up with the changes in publishing. … Continue reading

Goals for 2014

What are your goals for 2014? (Notice, I said goals, not resolutions. Resolutions are those promises you make to yourself and then rapidly forget. Goals are what we work toward.) I have several goals in mind for 2014. 1. To work closely with my editor at Robert Hale Ltd. so … Continue reading

Writers’ Police Academy 2013

A year ago in September I attended the Writers’ Police Academy in Greensboro, NC and had a fantastic time. This year I’ve been reading the postings and blogs by those writers who attended the 2013 WPA. Although I knew I couldn’t go this year (my son’s wedding was last Saturday … Continue reading

SOS-All you needed to know about writing/editing/publishing a book

The SOS stands for Sleuthfest on Saturday which I attended last Saturday. First of all, it was close by, just a little more than 20 miles away. Second, some of my writer friends were speaking. Two good reasons to go.  I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Florida a … Continue reading

Love is Murder

Others have given summaries of the LIM conference held last weekend (Feb. 1-3) in Chicago, so I’ll just touch on a few points. If you’re on Facebook, do a search for the Love is Murder page. 245 pictures were posted covering the three-day conference. Pictures do tell a story. On … Continue reading

Heading North

Thursday a cold front will hit the area where I spend my winters. That means the temperature is expected to drop from 80 degrees to the high 60s. Brrrrr. Right? Wrong, of course. So what am I doing tomorrow? I’m getting on a plane and heading north to Chicago where … Continue reading

RETREAT…

What are you doing the weekend of April 19th-21st? Need a place to go to stimulate your creative juices? Want to spend time with a terrific writer? How about a chance to mingle with lots of great writers? THEN DO I HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU. This year’s RETREAT FROM HARSH … Continue reading

Writers’ Police Academy – Days 1 & 2

What a fantastic four days. The Writers’ Police Academy started Thursday afternoon with registration. At that time I picked up my official T-shirt. We looked like Castle with WRITER on our backs. At 5:30 p.m. those who were lucky enough to have had their names drawn from the lottery met … Continue reading

Unmet Goals

I believe in setting goals, and I believe in meeting those goals, if at all possible. I try to set goals that I’m sure I can achieve. Oh, there’s always that “dream” goal of making the New York Times list, but I really have my doubts that will ever occur. … Continue reading

On The Road Again

Two more days and we’re heading north. I’m going to miss the sunshine and constant warmth, but it will be great to be close to family and friends. And don’t feel sorry for me, I’m leaving one beautiful location to go to another beautiful location, and soon it will be … Continue reading

Coming Down from a Conference

For two and a half days I was an author. I mingled with other authors, committee chairs and staff, fans of mystery/suspense novels and short stories, and a few spouses. I smiled, made small talk, sat on a panel, and tried to sound like I knew what I was talking … Continue reading