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

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

Thinking Positivity

Lenny Kravitz’s Mama Said album is one of my favorites of all time. I played the hell out of that sucker when it came out and for years afterward. It’s been awhile since I broke it out so maybe today… Continue Reading

Writing and the Craft of Sushi Making

It really comes down to making an effort and repeating the same thing every day. Last night Mick and I watched a great documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s gotten fantastic reviews, we both love sushi, and since visiting Japan… 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

Author Interviews

Book Promotion: Eric Beetner Rebecca Cantrell Interviews: Eric Beetner Rebecca Cantrell Hilary Davidson Sue Ann Jaffarian David Liss Sophie Littlefield Stephen Jay Schwartz Kelli Stanley Path to Publication: Dani Amore Spring Warren Writing: Stephen Jay Schwartz Kelli Stanley Off-site: 50… Continue Reading

Get to Work

Hello fellow slackers! Procrastination is a problem for me, so I asked some of my author friends how they shake off the lazies and get to work: Eric Beetner “When I finally commit to a novel or even something short… Continue Reading

Get to Work – Thomas Pluck

"It's important to set aside time to daydream, as much as it is to have writing time. After all, you need something to write about." –Thomas Pluck Hello there, fellow slackers! Today we have another installment of "GET TO WORK,"… Continue Reading

I’m Just Drawn That Way

I'm sitting here listening to Levon Helm sing The Mountain. It's a song about coal mining that's touches me so deeply that it makes me want to weep. It also makes me want to write beautifully tragic stories. It got… Continue Reading