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
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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
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?