That’s right. Your role in contributing to climate chaos isn’t just based on the SUV you drive that gets crappy … More Your Jeans Are Poisoning the Planet!
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Growing up in New York, I read and revered The New York Times, which was one of a handful of … More My Journey from Crime Fiction Lover to Crime Fiction Author
If you’re thinking of watching The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy on Amazon Prime, wait. Read the short … More “The Bookshop” is a Haunting Tale of Dangerous Dreams
Women crime writers have reacted in outrage to the Staunch Book Prize, a UK award for “a novel in the … More Guest Blog: How Should Women Authors Write About Crimes Against Women?
I fell in love with Agatha Christie and crime fiction back in junior high and read every one of her … More For Halloween, Agatha Christie Says “Boo!”
Memoirs can be difficult to write, and in Sir Oswald Newbold’s case in 1910 Singapore, writing a memoir turns deadly. … More Singapore Sapphire is Classic Crime Fiction
I never met Morrison but she helped me cope with one of the most vexing aspects of being a writer. … More How Tony Morrison Lifted Me Up
I come from a family of teachers and one of the great joys of my life has been teaching creative … More Why Teaching Creative Writing Online Rocks
Has the de-cluttering craze made you long for more order and space in your home? Do you dream of perfectly … More In Hallie Ephron’s New Mystery, Trouble Comes Out Of The Closet
I’m a highly visual person and I think I got my training early, growing up in New York, a paradise … More After 26 Books, I’m Still Learning How To Write
SPOILERS AHEAD Picture yourself after being hit by a car. You wake up in a hospital bruised and battered, with … More “Secret Obsession” on Netflix is a Great Choice for Hate Watching
Has a new friend ever seemed a bit too friendly, too helpful, too willing to please? This friends gets close … More Terrifying Thriller About Friendship Gone Wrong
Writing is lonely and sometimes it seems that the only people who truly understand what that feels like are other … More 9 Writer Types to Avoid
I thought that staying near the Brussels airport after close to a week in Flanders was a smart move. I … More My Wild Night in Brussels
That’s a question I get asked a lot when I’m on a book tour and when I teach a creative … More Fans Ask Me: “What Are You Reading?”
I never set out to write mysteries, gay or otherwise. When I launched my career as an author, it was … More Why I Write Gay Mysteries
I left teaching at Michigan State University years ago because I didn’t think I’d be able to finish a book … More Has an Editor Changed Your Life?
I’m not one of those authors who grew up dreaming of becoming a novelist. The urge to write came upon … More Guest Post: Writing is Cheaper than Therapy
Chris Bohjalian’s most recent novel of suspense tells a gripping story about an alcoholic flight attendant, Cassie Bowden, who wakes … More When an Author’s Quirks Get in the Way: Chris Bohjalian and “The Flight Attendant”
One thing we writers must do is regularly seek feedback on our work. It’s the only way we can expect … More Guest Post: The One Thing You’re Missing When Evaluating Your Writing
SPOILERS AHEAD I’ve been watching GOT for years and have enjoyed the battle scenes, but yesterday’s over-long episode was a … More Sunday Night’s Battle of Winterfell Was a Hot, Dark Mess
I’ve lost track of how many mysteries and thrillers I’ve read, and not just because I’ve been reading crime fiction … More Must-read Crime Fiction About Russia
I had an amazing senior year of college reading and reveling in George Eliot, Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, … More Happy Birthday Henry James! You Changed My Life!
Difficult, demanding mothers and abusive fathers are a staple of contemporary fiction, but The Winter Sister by Megan Collins gives … More The Winter Sister is a Powerful Debut Mystery
Noted journalist Andrea King Collier recently interviewed me ahead of A Rally of Writers where I’ll do a workshop on … More “Do You Plot Your Mysteries?” Interview With Lev Raphael