Tag Archives: Bernie O’Dea mystery series

Scene 1, Chapter 1, Bad News Travels Fast.

I know, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Authors say it all the time. “I’m finishing up my book on a deadline so I can’t blah blah blah.” But it’s true! It happens. These babies don’t write themselves. So, … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as the right write space

In the last Boston Sunday Globe, there was a feature on the writer Elin Hilderbrand. Seems she likes to write at the beach. There she is yucking it up in a bikini, pad and pen in hand, sun beating down.¬† … Continue reading

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A Taste of Things to Come

A Maine Crime Writers compilation of opening lines (or paragraphs) from works coming your way in 2018: Kate Flora:¬†From the opening of Schooled in Death, the 9th Thea Kozak mystery It was Monday. Always the worst day of the week … Continue reading

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There’s no research like being there

Late Friday afternoon I was piddling around, trying to get some writing and other stuff done, when a realization struck me: It was a gloomy, cold and rainy Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Yeah, I know, when isn’t it? But … Continue reading

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The TV cops shows of our childhood made us writers. Solid.

Well, the weather outside is frightful, but the TV is so delightful… That’s right, folks. As the snow and wind howl outside, those of us who don’t have the luxury of jetting off to the tropics to escape the Maine … Continue reading

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Okay, okay. I do like lighthouses, but never lobster.

We Maine Crime Writers are frequently asked about setting. Maine, famously, is a mystery and crime writing hot spot, though actual murders in the state average between 20-25 a year. So the topic of Maine as setting for our books … Continue reading

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Writers: Make audio one of the tools in the marketing chest

It’s no secret that authors these days have to be multi-taskers. No rest for the weary writer once the book is written. Even the authors who have the best publishing deals have to be on social media, know how to … Continue reading

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