Breaking the Rules of Writing

Should an author ever break the rules of writing? How would mystery/romance author Jenna Harte answer this question? Is she a rule follower or a rebel? Read on and find out! Welcome, Jenna. When it comes to writing, not only … Continue reading

The Unanticipated Joys of Research

By Ellen Byerrum What if clothes were haunted like houses or locations? Could a dress be toxic enough to kill? How would someone dispatch a villain in a dying velvet factory? These may not be the nicest of questions, but … Continue reading

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