Category Archives: Brenda’s Posts

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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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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Books, Books and More Books!

By Brenda Buchanan Fall is now rushing into view.  When I gaze at my shelf of just-read and to-be-read books I wish there were more hours in the day. My writing schedule keeps me in front of the keyboard until 9:30 or so … Continue reading

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Summer Soundtrack

By Brenda Buchanan I’ve paid special attention to my senses when writing this summer. Regular readers of this blog might have guessed as much when I wrote in July about summer’s indelible scents. Today I want to talk about the richness of the … Continue reading

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The Scents of Summer

By Brenda Buchanan This time of year is one long olfactory system celebration. You can fill your lungs with the sweet smell of a just-cut hayfield. Huff the scent of ripe strawberries. Stick your face right up close to a … Continue reading

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