In Character – A Blog Hop

  Meet Anna Sterling. Anna is a hardworking, loyal, unmarried woman doing what it takes to help provide for her working class family in 1919. My ideas about Anna, her time, and a stranger-than-fiction historical rarity grew into my story “Bitter Sweets.” I will be discussing Anna today in my section of a character-centered blog […]

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Gear Up for All Hallow's Read with Horror Writer Eden Royce

My favorite season of spooky literacy, All Hallow’s Read, approaches. It makes perfect sense to a fan of horror fiction that books and Halloween go together like chocolate and…pretty much everything. Haven’t heard of All Hallow’s Read? The movement to give the gift of a scary book (along with all those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups) […]

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Interview with Mystery Writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Thanks for dropping by, Pamela, to chat about writing and writers. Which mystery, thriller, suspense or horror writer has had the most influence upon you? Why? Wow, this is a hard one. I think the one I admire most is Ruth Rendell, and while my writing doesn’t resemble hers, her imagination and versatility admires me […]

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Dark, Sticky Death

“The steel tank of molasses collapsed. A wave of thick, sweet liquid flooded the waterfront and roared into the surrounding streets. At the same time, pieces of metal from the tank hurled into the air, raining down on unsuspecting sailors. The flood of boiled sugarcane syrup soon gushed for block after block. The wave of […]

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

What makes a memorable villain? American novels and films are crawling with devils. (Sometimes literally.) Ghosts linger. Stalkers lurk. And, if you’re a horror fan, it’s all in looking-over-your-shoulder fun. But as a writer, how do you make your villain leave a frightening aftertaste? As I get older, I’m starting to think that the most […]

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Setting Intrigue

              Some of my favorite fictional characters are cities from the past. I feel like Hugo’s Paris, Cheever’s New York and Winterson’s Venice remain so vibrant, exaggerated and well-defined that you miss them like flawed but magnetic old friends. Dennis Lehane’s portraits of pre-gentrification Irish and Italian-American Boston neighborhoods […]

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Coming in October: "Eve's Requiem"

Enjoy a dangerously good story? Menacing husbands mysteriously disappear. Ghouls beckon. Resourceful women find unexpected allies — both natural and supernatural. Discover thirteen stories of peril and survival in Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery, and Horror. Coming in early October from Spider Road Press!

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The Three Best Suspense Tales That You Haven’t Read

1. Class Trip by Emmanuel Carrere In Class Trip, French master of tension Emmanuel Carrere depicts the ease with which lives can come undone when a boy disappears from a school ski trip. Neither the young protagonist Nicolas’ fear nor the rising suspense is lost in translation. Readers will understand why The New York Times […]

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Logical Fantasy

How do you know when you are writing fiction with fantastic elements vs. genuine fantasy fiction? Currently, I am writing a short story about two very different young girls and their interactions with a mysterious and decidedly grumpy púca (or pooka) that they discover living in a deserted New England playground. I plucked and mined […]

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