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The mysterious case of Elizabeth Freel

From time to time, we introduce you to guests whose work we believe you will find as fascinating as we do. Today’s guest is one of them, as you will soon discover. Kristen Seavey Intro I spend a lot of … Continue reading

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Real People in Fictional Stories

Charlene D’Avanzo: Reading Rhys Bowen’s latest “Royal Spyness” mystery (Peril In Paris) I was intrigued by the appearance of a historical person – Wallis Simpson – who reminds French police that she (Simpson) is the king of England’s fiancée and thereby … Continue reading

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Bringing Characters to Life by Matt Cost

Should characters in books have political leanings? I mean, most people do. Some people claim that they hate politics, politicians, and never vote because they’re all crooks. But that is a political belief as well. Most of the rest of … Continue reading

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You’re Crazier Than the Weather, Charlie

Another of my old teachers died last week. Charles Simic was a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, a MacArthur grantee, and a well-loved teacher at the University of New Hampshire. He died in Dover, NH of complications of dementia. He was also … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Private Property Signs … and More

Sandra Neily here: With a bit of everything: recent lines from book #3, some great Maine winter events to join that fit into the spirit emerging in my novel, and a repeat, by request. ********* (In novel #3, “Deadly Assault,” … Continue reading

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Easy fast and no-brainer top writing tips for all writers

Hi, all! I was asked just the other day for some “writing tips,” so it seemed like a good time to reprise this classic from a couple years ago. And also, in the spirit of Tip Number 1, I have … Continue reading

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Meet Brian Katcher

John Clark interviewing friend and fellow librarian Brian Katcher whose newest book is set in Maine. You’re a school library media specialist in Missouri, but you’ve had some interesting travels if I remember correctly. What stands out the most? I … Continue reading

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Captivating TV Shows I’ve Watched

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of TV shows. Normally, I’m very selective about what I watch, but the last three dramas my wife and I sat through captivated me and made me thing about my own writing, and how … Continue reading

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by Jule Selbo I’m reading John Grisham’s 2021 release The Judge’s List. Very soon – as I was reading – I got interested in how – in the first 100 pages, Grisham’s employed the “I can’t tell you now”, “I … Continue reading

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My 2022 Stack

I didn’t need socks this year. The bottom drawer of my dresser is jammed so full I struggle to close it sometimes, so Smartwools weren’t on my list. Similarly, I’ve got plenty of scarves, hats, gloves. I didn’t need any … Continue reading

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