Category Archives: Kate’s Posts

Sisters in Crime? What the Heck are They?

Kate Flora: In 1993, after nine painful years in the unpublished writer’s corner, I was on the cusp of publishing my first mystery. Chosen for Death, book one in my Thea Kozak series, was scheduled for publication the following year, and … Continue reading

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Sharing an April Post with My Mother

Kate Flora: It’s April, the month of my late mother’s birthday. It was the 17th, and of course I walked around the yard, peering at the newly emerging plants and shrubs, and thought of her. Often, on April 17th, we would … Continue reading

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An Alligator Hide over a Baby-Soft Soul

Kate Flora: I’ve been sitting in the writer’s chair now for almost thirty-nine years, ten of them spent in the grueling sadness of the unpublished writer’s corner. I’ve been up, as in, “Oh my gosh, my agent just got me a … Continue reading

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Dream It, Then Do It

I’m in the throes of reviewing comments from my beta readers on Thea 11, Death Sends a Message, so today I offer a slightly tweaked version of a post from several years ago. The message is still the same. It is better … Continue reading

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Sometimes There’s a Need for Whimsy

Kate Flora: We’ve just completed our three-day marathon drive to Florida, where we will spend the next month walking on the beach, going on bike rides, and mostly doing what we always do–writing–in a new venue. Yesterday we visited with relatives … Continue reading

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You’ve Always Wanted to Write, But . . .

Kate Flora: It’s January, the time of resolutions, resolves, soul-searching, and some impatience to start forming new habits, like writing that novel or story that’s been lingering in the imagination, and to break those bad habits that keep us from … Continue reading

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Barefoot in the Snow, and Uphill Both Ways

Kate Flora: Recently someone posted a photo on facebook of kids with backpacks walking through the snow, which started some of us joking about how when we were kids, winter was WINTER. Yes, when we were kids, we sometimes walked home … Continue reading

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Coloring The World With Words

Kate Flora: I’m late with my post today because I’m still recovering from spending the weekend with other humans at the always marvelous New England Crime Bake mystery conference. This year was the 20th anniversary of an event that born … Continue reading

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What Do I Look For In A Mystery?

Kate Flora: I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately and all that reading has made me reflect on what it is that makes me love a mystery. What makes me keep turning the pages? What aspects of the writing … Continue reading

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A Mini Vacation To Blue Hill and Deer Isle

Kate Flora: I suppose there are those who’d say that if we already have a place in Maine on the ocean, why would we ever need to leave? It’s a fair question. Most summers, I am so busy with gardening, writing, … Continue reading

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