Author Archives: Brenda Buchanan

The True Joys of a Maine Winter

Last month my esteemed colleague Barbara Ross wrote a “what were we thinking?” post about moving her primary home this winter from Somerville, Massachusetts to Portland. It started out like this: Move to Maine they said. It’s not as cold … Continue reading

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Booting it into the New Year

When it’s 15 below zero and the sheet of ice still encasing the earth from the pre-Christmas storm lurks beneath a three-inch layer of snow that squeaks when you walk on it, you’d better be wearing the right boots. Fashion … Continue reading

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Twelve Social Media Tips to Boost your Book Sales this Holiday Season

A particular joy of crime writing conferences is the chance to meet new people, writers and non-writers alike.  At Murder By The Book, a two-day event at the fabulous Jesup Library in Bar Harbor this fall, I noticed Con Sweeney’s smile … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Craft: A Guest Post

I’m delighted to welcome Sandra Neily back to Maine Crime Writers today for her thoughts on the craft of writing. A native of East Boothbay, Sandy’s novel Deadly Trespass has won a National Mystery Writers of America award and was … Continue reading

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Old School Trick or Treating

By the Maine Crime Writers Were you a hippie or a hobo? A princess or a pirate? Did you dress up as a cartoon character, perhaps? Or maybe a cartoonish version of a politician or other famous personage of the day? Halloween is the holiday … Continue reading

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On Having Solitude to Write

By Brenda Buchanan I was blessed to have the opportunity in late September for a writing retreat on Peaks Island, where I lived year-round for a dozen years a decade ago, and where, incidentally, my first protagonist Joe Gale came into being. I was in need … Continue reading

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