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 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




Saturday, Sunday, Monday: My Thoughts on This Italian Classic

Charming. Classic. A slice-of-life of a family sitting down to Sunday dinner. The heavenly fragrance of ragu simmering on the stove. I wonder how many theatre patrons made a beeline for the nearest Italian restaurant once the curtain went down … Continue reading




Party time! Virginia is for Mysteries II Launches

Time to celebrate! Join me and the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia and Mysteries by the Sea chapters as we launch the Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II anthology on Saturday, February 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the new Libbie Mill Library … Continue reading