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All The Madness in My Soul · 2W ago

G Strikes Again!

G is a young writer who emailed me with some questions about the craft. Since the questions were intelligent ones that bear discussion, I offered to answer them in an ongoing series of blog ...
All The Madness in My Soul · 2W ago

Where'd the TIme Go?

I got an email recently from Cindy Rosmus, the editor of the online magazine, YELLOW MAMA. She wrote to tell me about their 10th anniversary issue, being published on Valentine's Day 2017, a...
All The Madness in My Soul · 3W ago

Another Q from G

If you're wondering what 'Q' is, your first guess was correct:  question.If you're wondering who 'G' is, you can check out my previous post about it, but the short version is the G is a youn...
All The Madness in My Soul · 4W ago

A Happy Accident and a Little Obsession

As you will know if you follow this blog, some of my projects are collaborations. For example, I just finished a third Bricks and Cam Job with Eric Beetner earlier this month, and am also wo...
All The Madness in My Soul · 4W ago

In with the New, Free with the Old

Starting with the new...While Larry Kelter and I pound away at our WIP called FALLEN CITY (and we're nearing the end of our first draft!), our first collaboration, The Last Collar, has been ...
All The Madness in My Soul · 1M ago

A Good Moment For Us Both

I got an email from a reader the other day who shared his thoughts on both The Backlist and The Short List, books I wrote with Eric Beetner, published by Down & Out Books. He told me his fav...
All The Madness in My Soul · 1M ago

A Question from G

A little over a week ago, I got a nice email from a young writer (let's call her 'G', since that is her first initial, and the nickname of the captain of my favorite hockey team) who hails f...
All The Madness in My Soul · 1M ago

Pick Wisely Your Partner (the Art of Collaboration, Part III)

In Part I of this series, I gave some background on my collaboration experiences with other crime writers (10 books counting WIPs with 5 different authors).In Part II, I listed the pros and ...
All The Madness in My Soul · 1M ago

The Pros and Cons of Dos (the Art of Collaboration, Part II)

In Part I of this series, I gave some background of my own experiences in collaborating with other authors in writing crime novels. I recommend reading it first, because I will be making ref...
All The Madness in My Soul · 1M ago

Doing a Solo Thing Together (the Art of Collaboration), Part I

Writing is solitary business, for the most part. Sure, writers love to get coffee and talk shop. We also flock to conferences, and hang out at bookstores, and cruise the online writing socie...