The Cocoon: Guest Post by Matt Coyle

May 2013 marked the long awaited (by me) launch of my debut crime novel, Yesterday’s Echo. It has been a dream come true and a lifetime goal achieved and never would have happened without the help of many people, most… Continue Reading

A Conversation with Susanna Calkins

Today, April 23rd, marks the release of a novel I’ve been looking forward to very much: A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins. It tells the story of Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of… Continue Reading

Identity Crisis

Yesterday, something happened that I’ve been waiting for, for like, ever. The announcement of my book deal showed up in Publishers Marketplace. Here it is in all of its luscious glory: Holly West’s DIARY OF BEDLAM and DIARY OF DECEPTION,… Continue Reading

Book Deal Announcement

Updated 8/9/13 with my new titles. Yay! Forget for one moment that it’s April Fool’s Day, folks, because this is for realsies. I’ve been letting the news out in drips and drabs, but consider this the official announcement: For those… Continue Reading

Dirty Deeds Done to Music – A Guest Post by Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner is a frequent guest on this blog, and for good reason. Not only is he a great crime fiction writer, he’s very supportive of fellow writers. In fact, he co-founded Noir at the Bar Los Angeles along with… Continue Reading

So You Want to Be a Crime Fiction Writer?

Well then, have I got the conference for you. Every two years, the Southern California chapters of Sisters in Crime (SincLA) and the Mystery Writers of America (SoCalMWA) get together and put on the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena,… Continue Reading

No Regrets

Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels Volume 1

When Ron Earl Phillips asked me to be in the first ever Shotgun Honey anthology, my fingers couldn’t type “YES” fast enough. Today marks the launch of Shotgun Honey Presents: BOTH BARRELS: Buy the Trade Paperback – $14.95 Buy for Kindle –… Continue Reading

Feeding Kate – A Charity Anthology

I am honored to announce I will be contributing a story to a charity anthology called FEEDING KATE. It benefits someone whose very dear to me and many others in the crime fiction community, Sabrina Ogden. She suffers from lupus… Continue Reading

All Time Favorite Book

Naming one all-time  favorite book is like choosing your favorite song–nearly impossible. Even as I was thinking about this post I thought well, really, it’s a toss up between two. Then I stopped myself and said NO. You get one… Continue Reading

How Do We Feel About This: Authors Rating Their Own Books

A few days ago I got an update from GoodReads telling me what my “friends” had reviewed that week. I don’t generally read them in depth, I just give them a cursory look to see if there’s any reviews by… Continue Reading