The Guardian recently reported that novels about epidemics were selling like crazy in Europe, including books by Stephen King, Dean … More Reading “The Plague” in the Middle of a Plague
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The Internet is awash in bogus quotations and Mark Twain is a favorite “source.” Here’s one that’s all over Facebook, … More Viral Quotes That Mark Twain Never Said
Huffington Post once reported that a British literary agent got sentenced to prison for cheating gullible, fame-seeking clients out of … More Literary Agents Have Messed With My Mind
Like other school kids, I was steeped in reading about the Father of Our Country from elementary school onward, but … More Review: Washington’s Retirement Was Anything But Dull
Despite congratulations like Henry Olson’s in the Washington Post, Amy Klobuchar didn’t abandon “Minnesota Nice” at the Nevada Democratic Presidential … More Amy Klobuchar’s Nevada Meltdown: What Really Happened Last Week
Russia has been in the news for the last few years but mostly in terms of election interference, the war … More Review: Russian-born Producer Takes Readers Through The Looking Glass
That’s what The Daily Mail quotes superstar Irish novelist Marian Keyes as having recently said: “I only read women. I … More Celebrity Irish Author Tells Her Male Peers To “**** Off”
So best-selling author Jennifer Weiner watched the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza and the perfect looks and body of Jennifer Lopez … More Jennifer Weiner’s Complaining Again, This Time About Jennifer Lopez
My Holocaust survivor parents arrived in the U.S. in 1950 and followed the Civil Rights movement in the 50s and … More Martin Luther King, Jr. and My Life as a Writer
Garth Greenwell has a new book out and when he published his debut a few years ago, the response from … More Book Review: Was Garth Greenwell’s Debut Novel Really An Instant Classic?
Back in the eighties, I landed a major New York agent and felt I was truly launched as an author. … More I Ditched My Famous Literary Agent–And Never Regretted It
Over at Wirecutter, there’s advice about what you should and shouldn’t do when you’re a holiday dinner guest. Don’t bring … More How To Be The Absolutely Most Perfect Holiday Guest There Ever Was!
Once American intelligence agencies verified that Russian interfered in the 2016 election, it behooved all thinking Americans to inform themselves … More The Siberian Dilemma is a Must-read Thriller
Lots of authors worry about the number of words they write per day. Some even post the tally on Facebook … More Is Writing a “Muscle”? Should You Write Every Day?
His publisher says that Joseph Kanon writes for adults, and that’s not hyperbole. Kanon’s intense and thrilling spy novels are … More “The Accomplice” is a Terrific Spy Thriller
Is there any writer who knows the workings of intelligence agencies better than John le Carré? The famed novelist served … More John le Carré’s Cunning New Spy Novel Will Keep You Guessing
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!
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