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Mentors and Friends

As many of you know, both my parents died last year, my father in November and my mother in December. Everyone who’s been through any form of grief knows what a strange animal it can be. One of the things … Continue reading

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Researching and Writing Place by Matt Cost

It took me far too long into my life to realize the significance of place in the writing process. It started off by writing a historical novel about Cuba without ever having gone there. It then evolved into beginning a … Continue reading

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Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Kate Flora: I’ve been reflecting lately on the decades of my writing career and being surprised at how much I’ve forgotten. Back in 1983, when our second son was about to be born and I’d decided to step away from the … Continue reading

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SPRING-THEMED BOOKS

Ah Spring! It is the time of first flowers, warm sun, and, of course, stories. Among those are some terrific spring-themed mysteries to savor. Here are a few: Agatha Christie’s Absent In The Spring is a character-drive psychological analysis of … Continue reading

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This Is The End, My Only Friend, The End

Have you ever arrived at the end of your novel and realized it just didn’t work? Or that you had no idea how to end it? Or who did the crime and why they did it? If the answer to … Continue reading

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CHARACTER HISTORY: I WONDER OVER A MARTINI AT A PUB

  King Eider’s Pub, Damariscotta: a dozen Dodge Cove oysters in front of us. Hundreds of large-scale, numbered-on-the-bottom beer mugs hang from the rafters (the manager tells us it’s a couple hundred dollars for a one-time buy of the mug, … Continue reading

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Something’s Gotta Give

When I began to write “for real,” I was working. There was never enough time to do what needed to be done, even when I woke up at 4 AM to peck away. Watching television soon went by the wayside, … Continue reading

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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Kate Flora: In 1993, after nine painful years in the unpublished writer’s corner, I was on the cusp of publishing my first mystery.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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Walking Geese Sound Like Old Men

The news from Trout Brook is good: the rhubarb is leafing out, the radish tops have broken the surface of the dirt, the lilacs and forsythia are budding. I noticed on my walk through Jordan’s Farm the other morning that … Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid of the nuts and bolts of writing

I was giving an author talk a couple years ago, answering the usual questions about my process, when I got an odd response: “Isn’t that cheating?” I was, if I remember right, describing how I used a big calendar to … Continue reading

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