My Life as a Book

Pop Culture Nerd posted this on Facebook today and I couldn't resist. The object is to fill in these autobiographical statements using only titles of books you've read this year (2011). I grew up in: Calabama (Steve Brewer)  Now I… Continue Reading

I’m Possessed!

Gretchen McNeil's debut novel, POSSESS, comes out on August 23, and to celebrate, I got a new tattoo: Wanna see a close up? Okay, so maybe the tattoo is just temporary. I love Gretchen, but not that much. The tattoo… Continue Reading

Patience, Young Grasshopper

I attended the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena this weekend. What a great time. I met a lot of new people and got to know several people better. We all talked incessantly about writing, books and careers, and everything… Continue Reading

Path to Publication – Spring Warren

Spring Warren is the author of Turpentine and most recently, The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed my Family for a Year. Today, she stops by my blog to tell the story of her… Continue Reading

Question o’ the Day – Rebecca Cantrell & Eric Beetner

I've been thinking about book promotion lately. Not sure why–probably because Left Coast Crime 2011 just finished up and a lot of my friends went. It made me ask the question: These days writers have to do quite a bit… Continue Reading

Blessed by the Reading Gods

I hesitate to post this on April Fool's Day, because really, I ain't fooling! Lately it seems I can't pick up a book that I don't end up loving. I am on a reading roll, I tell ya! So what… Continue Reading

Question o’ the Day – Kelli Stanley

Since I'm in the process of plotting my second novel, the question of outlining (or not) is on my mind. I asked my friend Kelli Stanley, author of 2010 LA Times Book Prize finalist CITY OF DRAGONS, whether she is… Continue Reading

A Chat with Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner and JB Kohl are the authors of One Too Many Blows to the Head and the recently released Borrowed Trouble. Just to get you in the mood, here is the trailer for Borrowed Trouble:  Not bad, eh? This… Continue Reading

Mystery Bookstore Closing

Updated 1/19/11 Last week we got the news that the Mystery Bookstore in Westwood is closing on January 31. I am always sorry when I hear about an independent local business, especially a bookstore, closing, but this one hit me… Continue Reading

Question o’ the Day – Stephen Jay Schwartz

I had this idea to ask published authors random questions now and then, all geared toward aspiring authors like myself. Today, Stephen Jay Schwartz, author of BOULEVARD and BEAT, was kind enough to answer one of my questions about his… Continue Reading