I’ve Loved These Days

I’ll be moderating a panel at the upcoming Bouchercon in Albany next week (September 19-22). It’s called “I’ve Loved These Days” and boy, that topic couldn’t be more appropriate for me. But even more exciting are my panelists: International Guest… Continue Reading

Houston, We’ve Got a Title

It is with great pleasure that I announce the new title of my debut historical mystery: MISTRESS OF FORTUNE Formerly known as Diary of Bedlam, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE will be released by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014. I’ll confess… Continue Reading

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

The Next Big Thing

You may have noticed the recent “NEXT BIG THING” meme popping up on your favorite writer’s websites. Last week, Naomi Hirahara, author of the Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai series, tagged me and a handful of other writers, including Gar Anthony… 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