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New England Crime Bake 2022 – History is Mystery

I’m just back from the New England Crime Bake, a three-day conference of crime writers from across the region, and have some highlights and photos to share. This year’s Guest of Honor was William Martin, the master of the historical … Continue reading

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New England Crime Bake should be on every writer’s calendar

Like all writers, I’m often asked by aspiring writers about how to get started, as well as many other “how to” things (get published, get an agent, punctuate a clause… you name it). The number one thing I always suggest, … Continue reading

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New England Crime Bake Update

The ongoing pandemic is forcing us to ask the same plaintive question we’ve been asking since March, 2020— is whatever it is we’ve been yearning for actually going to happen? Is there a suitable outdoor venue so our favorite concert series … Continue reading

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Maine Crime Writers enter the Blogosphere

Today, July 6th, we celebrate ten years of blogging as Maine Crime Writers. The cast of characters is ever changing but the mission remains the same: to make readers aware of the talents and diversity of crime writers in Maine, … Continue reading

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How a Post-Pandemic Road Trip is like Writing a Book

This past weekend my spouse and I set doubt and fear aside and took a road trip. Like many others who live distant from kin, it had been a too long since we’d seen our families in person. We kept … Continue reading

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I’ve got New England Crime Bake fever, and I don’t want a vaccine

Early fall 2008 I was trying to get some traction on writing my first mystery novel. It was something I’d intended to do since I was 9. As I tried to figure out how to go about things, it occurred … Continue reading

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Until We Meet Again . . .

Seven months into the pandemic, we’ve become pretty darned good at adapting, haven’t we? We see our friends and family at carefully choreographed, socially-distanced deck visits. We think ahead about the weekend’s menu and place online orders on Thursday night … Continue reading

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Stockpiling Inspiration like Acorns to Carry Us Through the Winter

How is it mid-November already? I’m writing this on Veteran’s Day, eleven days into the eleventh month.  It was full-on dark outside my window at 4:30 this afternoon, which was just as well because it was spitting snow. We all … Continue reading

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Weekend Update: November 9-10, 2019

Next week at Maine Crime Writers, there will be posts by Vaughn Hardacker (Monday), Brenda Buchanan (Tuesday), Dick Cass (Thursday) and Joe Souza (Friday), with another bonus post about Lea Wait’s Thread and Buried on Wednesday. In the news department, … Continue reading

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A Lifetime of Achievement

Last month I attended my fifth New England Crime Bake Mystery Conference in Woburn, Massachusetts. One of this year’s highlights was watching Kate Flora receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the Crime Bake and the mystery community. … Continue reading

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