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”
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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
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
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