Tag Archives: Joe Burgess

A Deadly, Dark, Twisty, Chilling Story

Kate Flora: At a seminar on marketing this past weekend, sponsored by Sisters in Crime, presenter Jess Lourey emphasized the importance of that back cover copy or descriptive blurb, including the startling information that on Amazon, we authors can edit or … Continue reading

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Dear Readers! We Have a Thank You and a Gift …

Dear Maine Crime Writers’ readers, At the start of 2019, we’d like to thank you for your for your engagement and feedback and love of mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction. Thank you! So, From Maine Crime Writers to YOU … … Continue reading

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Can This Book Be Saved?

Kate Flora: As some of you aware, if you follow the blog, recently I’ve been conducting excavations in my files, looking at old manuscripts and remembering some of the adventures I had writing them. I have plenty of unpublished work. I … Continue reading

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The Comforting World of Crime

Kate Flora, here, and yes, I really did mean that crime can be comforting. Let me begin with a story. Several years ago…fifteen, to be more precise…we suffered a terrible national tragedy on a day in September when terrorists flew … Continue reading

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If My Writing Life Had A Playlist

Kate Flora: Some years ago, while I was working on a book, I decided that I needed to create a playlist to listen to that would help me get into the mind of my central character. It was a long time … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Tuning Up Your Descriptions

Kate Flora: There are so many challenges facing a writer who is trying to craft fiction that sometimes descriptions fall far down the list. By the time an author has developed a cast of characters, created a plot filled with twists … Continue reading

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Help! The Well’s Gone Dry

Kate Flora: I don’t know about you, but I look forward to each day’s new posting here at Maine Crime Writers. The subject matter is so diverse—real Maine crimes, the challenge of balancing book deadlines and a loved one’s illness, … Continue reading

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In Fine Libraries Everywhere

Kate Flora: There’s an old New Yorker cartoon I remember from my childhood, where the husband is saying on the phone: “She’s not here. She’s at fine stores everywhere.” Well, for me—the second-hand queen—I am rarely found at stores, but … Continue reading

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What the heck is Camel-Nosing?

Kate Flora here, hoping you are wondering: So what the heck is “camel-nosing?” Everyone has heard the old Arab story about the camel trying to get into the tent on a cold night, right? And according to Wikipedia: The camel’s … Continue reading

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It’s Just Your Imagination

Kate Flora here deeply immersed in the next Joe Burgess, And Led Them Thus Astray. Since I spend much of the time when I’m not writing my own books editing other writers or teaching writing, I’m always acutely aware of the pitfalls that … Continue reading

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