Monthly Archives: March 2013

When Lea Was Ellie, She Wrote a Poem

Yes, I’m Lea Wait. But once upon a time I was Ellie. And many moons ago, when I was a junior at Chatham College (now university) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one quiet Saturday evening I decided one wall of my dorm room … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita

Katherine Hall Page: I have never been able to write about a place I have not been, save the fictitious town of Aleford, the setting for many of the books I have written in the Faith Fairchild series. And even … Continue reading

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How the Serene Becomes Scary

Ed and I are on a car voyage to North Carolina and Virginia, and while we are cruising past cotton fields and tobacco barns, we’re listening to the 17-CD audio book of Jo Nesbo’s The Leopard. (I know, I know … Continue reading

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“Your Name in a Book”

Recently letters went out to authors attending Malice Domestic, the largest gathering of fans of the traditional mystery, to ask for contributions for the annual charity auction. Many conferences hold these auctions as part of the festivities, choosing a good … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Hate Their Guts

Hey all. Gerry Boyle here with a question: Why would you kill someone? No, I mean really. I ask this as I work on a new book (In my first collaboration I’m two-thirds of the way through the first draft … Continue reading

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Level Best Books–Story Submissions Open, Photo Contest, Reviews & Award Nominations

Hi. Barb here and today in my capacity as a co-editor at Level Best Books, along with my fellow editors Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast and Leslie Wheeler. Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon First of all, if you … Continue reading

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Silly Similes and a Good Laugh.

James Hayman:  One of my pet peeves in much of the fiction writing I read or occasionally edit, is the use (misuse is a more accurate term) of sloppy or inappropriate similes.  However, bad as they are, over the years … Continue reading

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