Author Archives: Brenda Buchanan

New England Crime Bake Update

The ongoing pandemic is forcing us to ask the same plaintive question we’ve been asking since March, 2020— is whatever it is we’ve been yearning for actually going to happen? Is there a suitable outdoor venue so our favorite concert series … Continue reading

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I Read Ruth Moore

I’ve been re-reading Ruth Moore lately, inspired to revisit her novels by a familiar bumper sticker I spotted when we were in Deer Isle in May looking for migrating warblers. These blue and white declarations of literary loyalty are a … Continue reading

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BALANCE, STORY GENRE AND HOW MUCH ROOM DOES BACKSTORY GET?

Today I’m pleased to introduce MWC blog readers to Jule Selbo, a multi-talented writer who recently has made Portland her permanent home. Jule is a former screenwriter (with film and television credits), a playwright (her most-recent play BOXES premiered at … Continue reading

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Putting Food on the Page

When writing my own stories and reading those written by others, I’m always keen to know what the characters are eating. This has nothing to do with the fact that like many of us in the culinary paradise that is … Continue reading

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So, What Cha’ Doing This Weekend?

A bevy of top-notch crime writers will be in Maine this weekend and we writers and readers of crime fiction get to hang out with them. Virtually, that is. Maine Crime Wave is tomorrow. It’s happening on Zoom, and as … Continue reading

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How a Post-Pandemic Road Trip is like Writing a Book

This past weekend my spouse and I set doubt and fear aside and took a road trip. Like many others who live distant from kin, it had been a too long since we’d seen our families in person. We kept … Continue reading

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Writing After The Pandemic

I’ve been thinking lately about a literature class I took in high school that focused on the work of some of the most well-known writers of the early twentieth century. While the old-school denizens of the English Department marched us … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Margaret Maron

When I met Margaret Maron at Bouchercon in Raleigh in October, 2015, I not only had a fan girl moment, I announced to her that I was having a fan girl moment. She laughed and took my hand and told … Continue reading

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Grounding our Stories: Place Matters

Last week I hung photographs and prints on the walls of my workday office, the final task of a renovation that began in December 2019 and was completed—but for the picture hanging—two months later. For the twelve months it took … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never . . .

Last week my blogmates posted gorgeous photographs of their winter worlds. I tried to add a few of my own, but thanks to the vagaries of WordPress (a blog post all its own) they disappeared into the ether. I was … Continue reading

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