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Night lights: what are they afraid of?

We live in a neighborhood of seasonal houses.  Most are owned by families from other New England states, especially Massachusetts.  Except for my nephew, who has the house next to ours, the owners are not really known to us.  They … Continue reading

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For Sale: Screenplay, Never Made

I’m a novelist and I just finished writing a screenplay. Why, you may ask, would I do something as silly as that? I’ve never written one and have no experience selling one. If you’re a writer like me, restless and … Continue reading

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Writing After The Pandemic

I’ve been thinking lately about a literature class I took in high school that focused on the work of some of the most well-known writers of the early twentieth century. While the old-school denizens of the English Department marched us … Continue reading

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Crime Writers in Maine Libraries

Today we’re celebrating National Library Week by sharing some of our photos, and adventures, of events in Maine libraries. As our librarians know, libraries are writers’ favorite places, and we’ve been lucky enough to be invited to many of them … Continue reading

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Knowing a Place

Today, we have a guest post from Detective Jason Allison, NYPD retired. A New Yorker transplanted to New England, he’s writing today about developing a sense of place. Bronx born and raised, Jason Allison spent two decades with the New … Continue reading

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

Got you with that title, didn’t I? Seriously, though, it’s a reality that all writers — beginners and veterans — want tips.  We write about them on this blog freqently. Just in the past few days, I’ve been asked for … Continue reading

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Spring Forward, Looking Back

Whole lotta lessons lurking in the past year, not the least of which is an introvert can really miss the company of people. I’m not going to dwell on the losses, which are many and multifarious, but there have been … Continue reading

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Charlene D’Avanzo: As crime writers, we populate our stories with all manner of bad, dangerous people—liars, cheats, swindlers, and of course murderers. My own books include guys who’ve tried to drown my protagonist Mara, slam into her kayak with a motorboat, … Continue reading

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Mud Month. Big Night! (Not What You Think…)

Sandra Neily here: It’s mud month in much of the northeast. I’m washing off my snowshoes and waxing my X-skies to rest them for a while. What to DO when it finally does melt off the high-up slopes? Distancing is … Continue reading

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The Day the World Ended

Today is the first anniversary of The Day the World Ended. On this day last year my wife and I drove to Salem to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) to see its special exhibit of Jacob Lawrence’s “Struggle,” several dozen … Continue reading

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