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




My TV Debut

Yikes! Me on TV? That was my initial reaction when the supervising producer of Virginia This Morning emailed me, asking me to appear on the show. I was to talk about my latest mystery, Murder at the Moonshine Inn, and … 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