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

Retro Homicide

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce I’ll be moderating a panel at Bouchercon 2012 in Cleveland: RETRO HOMICIDE Murder in the Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s Saturday, 10/6/12 1:30-2:20 Ambassador Room I’ll be joined by a stellar… Continue Reading

I Build Stories

Picture of a puppy studying. I know. Awesome.

I was thinking about something as I completed my two-mile run to nowhere on the treadmill this morning: I build stories. I’m very proud of the stories I build. But one thing is absolutely certain: though they are ultimately my own,… 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

A Little Validation Goes a Long Way

Diary of Bedlam update: Still querying agents and waiting for agents to get back to me. The waiting game can be hard and frustrating. Although I must say the more time that goes by, the more I forget I’m waiting… 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

Where are my Bootstraps?

I try to stay pretty upbeat online, really, I do. I try not to give in to my dark thoughts, I mostly avoid passive aggressive status reports, and in general, I don’t want to be a complainer, or come off… 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

Oh Twitter, How I Loved Thee

Awhile back, the super-terrific Steve Weddle invited me to do a guest post on the Do Some Damage blog, wherein I wrote: Joining Twitter was the best thing I’ve done for my writing career. About this, I do not joke.… Continue Reading