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
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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?
Rudi enjoying the evening’s entertainment People are surprised when I tell them that our older West Highland White Terrier … More Watching Our Westie Watch TV
I picked my college in New York for one main reason: I had heard about a young, amazing creative writing … More The Joys of Teaching Creative Writing At Home And Abroad
So you hear it over and over from TV news show panelists and on-line opinion piece writers: we have a … More Americans Are Delusional–And It’s An Old Story
A friend at one large university told me he’s been watching the eerie spread of administrators at his school: they’ve … More Don’t Forget The Academic Underclass on Independence Day
It started out as a fantasy. An editor at an esteemed publishing house contacted me and asked if I had … More Publishing Is A Wild Roller Coaster Ride!
Back when I was trying to get my first book published, a novelist friend warned me: “The only thing worse … More Publishing Can Sometimes Work Your Last Nerve
Years ago when I was visiting a friend who taught at the University of Texas at Austin, she and I … More I Went From Archival Research To Having My Work Archived