Before I wrote my first financial thriller, Money Grab, my primary knowledge of crime had come from books, movies and television. I didn’t know what was real versus what had been “fictionalized” to make a better story. Wanting some hands-on experience, but without embracing the criminal life myself, I signed up for a 10-week Citizens Police Academy. It’s a significant investment of time, but well worth it if you want your writing to be realistic. Many counties and cities offe
Hi there! I'm thrilled to join this group of blogging mystery writers, Lethal Ladies Write! I’m even more excited that award-winning crime fiction author, Kristi Belcamino, agreed to let me interview her for my debut post. I’ve been a fan of Kristi’s ever since reading an article, which showcased the opening lines of her debut novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD: Another boyfriend pissed off with me over a dead body. Or in this case, two dead bodies. How could I not keep reading? S
I admit to having diverse reading taste. I’m not just a mystery reader or romance reader or literary readers. I enjoy good books, no matter the genre. And I learned a long time ago that just because the book is a best seller doesn’t mean that it jibes with my own personal taste. (In fact, just the opposite may be true for me!) I thought I share some of my favorite recent reads and TV Shows. Books Fiona Griffiths Series by Harry Bingham I warn you. This series is addictive, bu
I love writing conferences and book festivals. These are good ways for authors to network with readers, writers, fans, bloggers, and others in the publishing industry. I learn so much at each one. Here are some hints that I've picked up along the way that can help you navigate events and networking. Wear comfortable shoes. My Fitbit always gets a workout. Look into the dress code. Most conferences are business casual, but there are often award ceremonies that are more formal.