Two of my favorite authors were involved in a scandalous incident that made Pulitzer Prize history. Edith Wharton’s loving but … More The Pulitzer Prize Was Once Yanked From The Real Winner
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The New York Times recently did a story looking at possible plagiarism in A. J. Flynn’s best-selling novel The Woman … More Have You Ever Had Your Work Stolen?
The Internet is awash in bogus quotations and here are three of my favorites. I’ve often seen this quotation from … More Famous Things Three Authors Never Said
There are a lot of things I didn’t learn about writing as a career in my MFA program. One of … More Research is One of the Best Parts of Writing!
After the Polar Vortex kept me housebound for a few days, I was in the mood for something on the … More Looking for Sexy, Exotic, Escapist Fun? Try “Tidelands”!
Marie Kondo is all the rage when it comes to de-cluttering, but her advice to cull your books by only … More Marie Kondo Doesn’t Understand Book Lovers!
Edith Wharton is often on my mind, and not just today, her 156th birthday. I fell in love with Edith … More Happy Birthday, Edith Wharton!
I was an early reader, and back in elementary school, if I liked a book, I read it many times. … More Elise Blackwell’s Novel About Musicians Is Dazzling
Stephen King once said on CNN Money that books themselves aren’t important since they’re basically just a delivery system for … More Stephen King is Wrong: Books Do More Than Just Tell a Story
Writing is a lonely profession and the people who best understand that loneliness, whether they’re introverted or extroverted, can make … More 7 Friends Every Writer Needs
When I started reviewing crime fiction and other genres for the Detroit Free Press back in the 90s, I made … More “Transcription” Is The Dullest WW II Novel I’ve Read In Years
My answer: Teaching it! I had been a fan of historical fiction for a long time and when I discovered … More What’s Better Than Re-reading a Book You Love?
It happened to Harlan Ellison who was one of our most prolific and influential science fiction writers. He published 1700 … More Have You Been Dissed By A Writing Professor?
I’m just back from keynoting a writers’ conference in Michigan where one of the questions was “Do you ever get … More Don’t Believe in “Writer’s Block”!
I’ve been reviewing mysteries and thrillers since the 90s and it’s been a very long time since I got goosebumps … More Rachel Caine’s “Stillhouse Lake” is a Perfect Thriller
At one writing workshop I recently taught, one of the students said she never watched television. I told that my … More Watching “The First” As A Writer
Lots of authors worry about the number of words they write per day. Some even post the tally on Facebook … More Is Writing Every Day A Must?
This blog is dedicated to my creative writing students. Special Archives at Michigan State University’s library purchased my literary papers … More How I Almost Quit My Writing Career–Before It Took Off
Characters in thrillers–especially the women–seem to live in a parallel universe. A universe where they’ve never read a thriller or … More Are You Tired of “Femjep”?
I’ve been reading and reviewing crime fiction for years but haven’t opened a Slaughter book in awhile. I remember the … More Why I Stopped Reading Karin Slaughter’s New Thriller
I’m lucky to have had three sponsored book tours in Germany, a country I surprisingly fell in love with, given … More My Quirky Book Tours In Germany
Well, I’m not, anyway. I do have writer friends who can produce a book (or more) a year no matter … More Writers Are Not Robots
My college mentor was amazing: funny, good-natured, and inspiring. I took every course she offered, both literature and creative writing. … More Why I Love To Mentor Writers
Because I’ve had wonderful trips to Flanders in the past few years,I’ve been developing an interest in Flemish crime fiction. … More This Flemish Thriller Will Keep You Guessing
It’s really hard to say “no” to a gig when you’re a writer, even when you’re not a newbie. There’s … More When Should Authors Say “Yes” To A Gig?