Category Archives: Running Amok

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Let’s Go to Ireland!

I’ve heard it said that everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. All it takes is a love for the ¬†Emerald Isle. I hope that’s true, because I’ve always loved Ireland. It’s an enchanting country, where myths seem closer … Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Tuesday For Turkey Turf Wars

Yesterday morning, I woke up and headed to the office to write¬†(holiday Mondays are writing days around here, in case you wondered). I said hi to the cat, started the coffee, and walked into the office … to see a … Continue reading

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The Manly Art of Writers With Beards

I’m guest blogging at Prose Before HoHos today, talking about “The Manly Art of Writing Women (and the Opposite)” – a look at techniques for writers creating opposite-gendered characters. Bonus: a photo of me with a beard. (No lie.) http://prosebeforehohos.com/2014/02/05/the-manly-art-of-writing-women-and-the-opposite/ … Continue reading

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“See”ing Chocolate

As a child, I loved See’s Candy. (Full disclosure: I still do.) See’s is a California chocolate company, founded in 1921, with shops throughout the Western United States. To this day, if you enter a shop, they’ll give you a … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Shiny New BLADE

This morning, I received the cover art for the second Shinobi Mystery: BLADE OF THE SAMURAI. This afternoon, my cover art was stolen by ninjas. (They did it last year, too, and I suspect this might be a pattern forming.) … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Value of Time

Last month, my son started college. Last Monday, I had emergency oral surgery. Three hours ago, I talked on the phone with my brother. These things may seem unrelated, but (like many things) the connection behind the scenes goes deeper … Continue reading

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25 Things You Need to Know About Writing Mystery Novels

This morning, I’m sharing a little mystery writing advice (and a lot of free-ranging snarks) over at Chuck Wendig’s TERRIBLEMINDS blog: 25 Things You Need to Know About Writing A Mystery Novel. Click the link. You know you want to.

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My First Time…Times Two

Today, I’m redirecting you to THE QUIVERING PEN, where I’m talking about “My First Time” and why it turned out better than I expected. Intrigued? Confused? Here’s the link to find out all the explicit details. I promise it’s worth … Continue reading

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

My year as a Debutante ends today. I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know the other debut bloggers (Amy, Dana, Kelly and Kerry) and blogging at The Debutante Ball. It’s difficult to sum up what a year like this … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Kidnapped!

I should have known better than to trust a woman with a gun and a van…. I’VE BEEN KIDNAPPED! On this, the final day before the release of CLAWS OF THE CAT, I find myself trapped in a secret location … Continue reading

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