Research: Writing What You Don’t Know

Write what you know. Authors are frequently advised to do just that—except when we’re writing what we don’t know. Historical fiction is a case in point. I don’t expect that Ellis Peters had firsthand knowledge of Brother Cadfael’s 12th century … Continue reading




Music to Murder By: A Playlist

I love music. As readers turn the pages of Murder at the Moonshine Inn, #2 in my Hazel Rose Book Group series, they may hear the background music and lyrics that accompany this story of mystery and intrigue (there’s even … Continue reading




Great First Lines: A Celebration

“It was a dark and stormy night. Honestly. Earlier, it had been a dim and stormy day. Demonstrating no originality, March had indeed come in like a lion—a wet, angry one who blew ill winds every which way.” With Friends … Continue reading




My Launch for Murder at the Moonshine Inn

Saturday’s launch for Murder at the Moonshine Inn was a success. It was a lovely, warm day in Richmond, Virginia, but that didn’t stop friends, old and new, from coming out to wish me well and get a signed copy … Continue reading




What do you serve your book group?

Two things you can count on at most book group meetings: books, of course; and food. Some groups meet in restaurants and discuss books over dessert. Some meet at their local library. But most gather in members’ homes and may … Continue reading