Things I Learned at Malice

Malice Domestic 2017 was even more fun than usual this year. I congratulate all the Agatha winners, nominees, and honorees. Most memorable to me are some of the fun facts I learned from the panels. Did you know … That … Continue reading




War on Words

With President Donald Trump’s “war” with the mainstream news media, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed. In this tale of a dystopian society called Oceania, government fights back against any threats to its power with propaganda and media censorship. … 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




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