Heading for WPA

  Tomorrow I leave for Green Bay, Wisconsin to attend this year’s Writers’ Police Academy. This is my third WPA, but my first in Wisconsin. (It used to be held in North Carolina.)  writerspoliceacademy My experiences in the past have been fantastic, and, looking at this year’s schedule, I’m sure I’ll … Continue reading

Speakers at Venice Book Fair

Last weekend I participated in the Venice Book Fair (Venice, FL). It’s the town’s fifth book fair and it gets better every year. This one started Friday night with a 90-minute master class led by thriller author, David Hagberg, followed by a wine and cheese reception, then a presentation by Oceanview … Continue reading

The Bad, The Good, and The Editors

Sometimes a disaster turns into a great adventure. (Of course that’s because I’m not the one, in this case, who will have to pay for the damage.) Last month, Mary Ann Aug, a fellow sister in Sisters in Crime, responded when I asked if anyone going to Sleuthfest would be … Continue reading

Writing Short Stories

The last Killer Nashville Conference session I want to summarize was on Short Stories, ranging from Flash Fiction (which might be anything from a few words up to 1000) to short stories that are nearly novellas. The panelists for this session were: Ray Anderson, Kay Elam, Robert Mangeot, Carolyn McSparren, … Continue reading

Killer Nashville: An Overview

Before I talk about the conference I want to let everyone know that my recently released e-book, Destiny Unknown (formerly published as a Loveswept romance) was advertised in one newsletter as being offered for .99¢ on Kindle starting today. I didn’t realize I needed to wait 30 days (after enrolling the book) … Continue reading

A Retreat for Writing

Last weekend I participated in a writing retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. I’ve attended the Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter’s “Retreat from Harsh Reality” more than twenty times—even chaired it for a few years—but this was a totally different experience. This was truly a writing retreat. Rather than sneak away from … Continue reading