Tag Archives: Maine Crime Writers

Whence Ideas, That’s the Question

“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s the question writers most often hear from readers—and even from friends who aren’t readers. Every writer answers it a different way, but here’s a general overview. Ideas pop up everywhere. For example, a … Continue reading

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My First: Nothing Racy. But It is Crafty.

In 2017, Brenda Buchanan invited me to send in a guest post. I am grateful to her and all our team over the years and, still getting better after some knee surgery, have been reading lots of our past work. … Continue reading

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Moosehead. The Kennebec. And An Endless Steps Workout

OH MY! Wildlife delivers $1.4 billion to Maine’s economy; $1.9 billion w multipliers. Begs the question, is the Moosehead Region ready to secure this and other nature-based economic assets against inappropriate development or over-use? Do all of Maine’s ‘gateway’ communities … Continue reading

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Into the Wilderness… Sort of

On our honeymoon, starting 50 years ago this month (yes, 50!), my husband and I camped in our VW van named Lurch across the country for six weeks. Climbing the Rockies, our VW did indeed lurch and complain, but made … Continue reading

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Rejection. Rejections. And Blizzard Therapy

I want to talk about rejections. On Facebook and Instagram, and Twitter and these public places, we don’t usually hear about gut-wrenching stuff. These sites are perhaps how we market ourselves to the world. How we manage the front window … Continue reading

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FLAG DAY… PLUS

Happy Flag Day to all! I’ve never thought much about Flag Day, but since this post is on the (non)holiday, I wondered why we have such a day to commemorate the red, white, and blue. After all, we already have … Continue reading

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Elderly Banking

Vaughn C. Hardacker here: Have you ever had to contact your bank? What a pain in the keester! However, I plan on hiring the author of the letter below to deal with mine from now on! Shown below, is an … Continue reading

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What’s the Point… of View?

I’ve been reading more widely than usual lately—thrillers, a variety of mysteries, literary fiction—as well as romantic suspense novels, which is what I write. One thing I have been paying attention to (a bother with being a writer as well … Continue reading

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Fiction Does Truth … Better

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” Doris Lessing “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth.” (From the article, “Truth in Fiction: 3 Lessons from … Continue reading

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WHY MAINE?

I’ve posted a version of this article before, but I’ve updated it. So here goes. I’ve set eight of my published novels in Maine and the state is also the setting of my work in progress, a blend of romantic … Continue reading

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