Monday, June 17, 2019

I'm on TV. And Moxie!

Here's a great interview I did with Diane and Tom McGary, for Dracut TV. I talk about the importance of writing and the arts, some favorite authors, and a few other things.

It's a prep for my appearance/reading at Dracut Arts on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Dracut Arts, Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut, MA
More info here

And before that, I'll be signing books at the Moxie Festival in Lisbon, ME on Saturday July 13th.
Come on down and try some Moxie!
Here's the writeup from the event last year.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Making a Mystery in Somerville

A few authors and an interested and interactive crowd came together to make a mystery. This was hosted in a joint effort by the Somerville Library and the folks of the Somerville Media Center, in the Assembly Square area. It's a cool space for many community events.

We had a panel of Sisters in Crime mystery authors who took suggestions from the audience as to locale, characters, motives, and weapons, and we started putting together a mystery incorporating those elements.
L to R: Marita (from the library, who coordinated the event), Clea Simon at the flip chart, Elizabeth Elo, and Frances McNamara.

Thanks to all who came out in the misty night to hear us talk about the process of writing a good mystery. Lots of fun showing the process and explaining how we make decisions.

And they really got into the spirit, contributing some interesting characters, locales, and situations.
One of the character names put forth is one I'm stealing for a story! 
Gotta say, with the pros on the panel, we created a rather good mystery outline.

And of course they were promoting our books. (Nice lineup on top!)
Thanks to all for a fun night! Video link soon! 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Maine Crime Wave Conference 2019

We had a blast at the recent Maine Crime Wave Conference in Portland, ME, which is helped by the Mystery Writers of America, the Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Lots of authors- old friends and aspiring writers came together for a weekend of craft sessions, panels on various subjects, and schmoozing with fellow writers.
To see a writeup of the conference from last year, click here.

Nothing says a New England Writer Conference like Connie Johnson Hambley.
To see an interview with Connie, click here

And we were off to a rousing start, with a good crowd.

Plenty of books for sale by the attending authors.
 Sales were handled by Barbara Kelly of Kelly's Books To Go.

This fellow Dick Cass was instrumental in getting things to run smoothly. 
To see an interview with Dick, click here
Here he is with Jessica Sweet.

 Superstar thriller writer Gayle Lynds with another conference helper, Hannah.

Gerry Boyle with his latest book

And with agent Meg Ruley and the best-selling Lisa Gardner

Here's James Hayman checking out my books!
To see an interview with James, click here

To see an interview with Kate, click here

The Milliken crew: Maureen, Rebecca, and daughter
To see an interview with Maureen, click here

Bruce Coffin (R) making a point

To see an interview with Barb, click here

Vaughn Hardacker, who has a Wendigo novel which makes a great pairing with my Shadow of the Wendigo.

The Holms- Chris and Katrina

And here with Jessica Elliott

Eddie Vincent, of Encircle Publications

Ruth McCarty

James and Meg

A lovely day, with lots of learning and good information being swapped.
Thank sto all who worked to make it happen!