Category Archives: Maureen’s Posts

I’ve got New England Crime Bake fever, and I don’t want a vaccine

Early fall 2008 I was trying to get some traction on writing my first mystery novel. It was something I’d intended to do since I was 9. As I tried to figure out how to go about things, it occurred … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged | 5 Comments

Should you read a fiction series in order? The answer is…

So, I somehow just binge-read a 23-book series over the last two months. I’m not sure  how — or even why — and don’t want to delve too deeply into that part of my psyche right now, so this post … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Why write? Because of stuff like this

NOTE TO READERS: Holy Covid! Was it really almost two years ago my last book came out? I’d like to say I’m rerunning this old post because I’m busy finishing up the next one, but I’m actually just really busy … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Hey writers, there’s no excuse for boredom

You may have seen the clickbait “news” last year that Dover-Foxcroft is supposedly the “most boring” town or city in Maine. It was apparently based on the fact that it has the oldest median population, combined with lack of population … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Happy summer! Writers, can you feel it?

One day last week, one of the ones that was forecast to be hotter than Maine should be allowed to be, I decided to mow the lawn while it was still “cool” out before I started work for the morning. … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Where do writers get their ideas? Try right outside your door

As anyone who reads this blog, or anything written by any writers anywhere, knows, one of the top questions for fiction writers is… wait for it… “Where do you get your ideas?” We’ve discussed this before. You know we have. … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Welcome to my daily briefing: Writing, book store stats, cat trees, leaf blowers…

We are now in the locked-in era of the daily briefing — they’re ubiquitous and they’re not going away soon. At least there’s a little something for everyone. I like the calm and rational updates by Maine’s Dr. Nirav Shah, … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

On Our Own In Maine–Part One

  Given that everyone these days is more isolated than usual, those of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers thought we’d share how we’re doing with the whole self-isolation and social distancing thing. Of course, writers have an … Continue reading

Posted in Group Post, Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hey Maine, guess whose birthday we missed in these strange, strange times?

There’s nothing about COVID-19 and everything that’s going on that you haven’t already heard, so I’ll save it except to say that I’ve been a social isolation hobbyist for my entire adult life and I can assure you, you’ll come … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

‘So what, it’s Maine’ isn’t good enough for the book you’re writing

I was wandering through a local gift shop recently, a little stunned at how such a large store could have so little I wanted to buy, when I came across a small Maine section. Imagine my delight when I saw … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen's Posts | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments