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The Importance of a Great First Line

Dear readers: Dorothy Cannell is suffering from a pinched nerve and cannot blog today, so instead we share some responses to a Facebook question: Please share a favorite first line from your book or someone else’s. Kate Flora led off … Continue reading

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John Clark with a slightly different look at literature. It all started when the above cryptic phrase swam up from the memory pool. How many books are published annually? The best answer I found is this: There are somewhere between … Continue reading

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The Art of Culling

Jessie: Turning up the heat and watching the leaves flutter to the ground. As the weather has turned cooler I’ve been spending a lot of time in my office lately. All through the summer I work on a porch where … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season of Competitive Parenting

‘Tis the season of college applications for our youngest child and so I find myself doing battle again with a foe I thought vanquished long ago when our kids were toddlers: the competitive parent. Everyone has met this person.  This … Continue reading

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How Important Are Seasons/Weather in a Novel?

Lea Wait, here. I’ve just finished writing two books, in two mystery series, that I hope you’ll be reading next year: one takes place in a cold Maine February, and the other in Maine’s mud season … early April. And … Continue reading

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Cursing John McPhee

Before anything else, acknowledgements to various places that have helped me launch In Solo Time, the prequel to last year’s Solo Act. More to come as the fall unfolds. In no particular order, many thanks to: Gulf of Maine Books … Continue reading

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A Recent Interview

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Peter Bollen for a piece in the Bridgton News. Pete was gracious enough to allow me to repost the unabridged interview here on the Maine Crime Writers blog. Q: You had … Continue reading

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