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Mike Befeler · 6d ago

Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

I grew up in Hawaii so the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a significant event to hear about in my childhood. Both of my parents were in Honolulu on that date. My mother wor...
Mike Befeler · 1W ago

Things That Go Bump in the Night

You’re sound asleep and awakened by an eerie sound. Where’s it coming from? What is it? Has this happened to you? We experienced this recently. My wife, an avid mystery reader, solved it. We...
Mike Befeler · 2W ago

Shopping and Black Friday

How do you feel about shopping on Black Friday? When I see TV pictures of people lined up in front of stores for Black Friday, it makes me shudder. I guess some people like this kind of thi...
Mike Befeler · 3W ago

Trading Responsibilities

My wife and I have been married forty-nine years. When I retired in 2007, we decided to trade some responsibilities. For many years I had taken care of our family finances, and my wife had d...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

Republishing My Backlist

My first novel in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, Retirement Homes Are Murder, was published in 2007 and the sixth book in the series, Nursing Homes Are Murder, appeared in 2014...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

Writing Cartoon Gags

Six years before I began writing short stories and novels, I had a hobby of writing cartoon gags. I learned about this from an article in the SmithsonianMagazine—cartoonists accepted gag cop...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

Mystery Novel Events

I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of mystery conferences including Bouchercon, The Left Coast Crime Conference and Malice Domestic. Both fans and writers of the mystery genre atten...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

Memory As We Get Older

In my Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, the protagonist, Paul Jacobson, has short-term memory loss. In his case, it’s not Alzheimer’s but vascular dementia due to a number of small st...
Mike Befeler · 2M ago

Let's Hear It for Independent Book Stores

I’ve had the pleasure of doing book events at a number of independent book stores in Southern California since we moved here two years ago. By favorites include Gatsby Books in Long Beach, B...
Mike Befeler · 2M ago

My Writing Journey

Sixteen years ago in 2001, I made the decision that I wanted to retire into writing. I began by taking writing courses at the University of Colorado (we lived in Boulder, CO, at the time and...