Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sometimes you have to tell...

...your characters to shut up and stop sniveling. As Alice Munro's story "Gravel,"in her Pulitzer Prize winning collection, Dear Life, makes clear,  the less we tell readers what to feel and the more we leave to their imagination, the greater the emotional impact.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I know, and accept...

that change is inevitable in the newspaper industry. I’ve read that Jeffrey Bezos is planning to keep The Washington Post separate from Amazon, and I hope that’s true. I also know the damage Bezos has done to the publishing and book selling industries. Reactions to the purchase were discussed in a story in yesterday's New York Times. This quote from book publisher Dennis Johnson nailed it for me:

"It’s an old boring story — rich man buys a newspaper — but in this instance it’s one of the richest men ever buying one of the most important newspapers ever…This is the capper in the development of one of the most powerful vertical monopolies in our history, which is also one of the most controlling in matters of cultural concern.”

Worried yet? I am.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the way it was...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Forever in Our Hearts


                                                     January 27, 1999-June 4, 2013

                                                              A LOVING SOUL
                                                              A BRAVE PROTECTOR
                                                              A MOST LOYAL FRIEND

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Terrie Farley Moran's...

...terrific new short story, "Bobby Wycoff is Dead," is up this week at BEAT TO A PULP. Go now, friends! You don't want to miss this one.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"...germs of larger worlds..."

Lydia Davis, who won the Man Booker Prize last week, had this to say on the Booker Prize website about the length of some of her short stories:

"Some of my thoughts or reactions are very brief, and their brevity is actually part of what I enjoy about them. They may sometimes appear to be just fleeting snapshots or records of transitory sensations but they are stories none the less because they hold within in them the germs of larger worlds and other narratives.”

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Friday, May 10, 2013


I'm interviewing Jim Jackson at Women of Mystery today. Stop by and comment if you'd like to be entered in a drawing for a copy of his fine debut mystery, BAD POLICY. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

In winter, with my cup of tea...

... and the heat turned up, I’m happy to get to work at five, while the world is still dark. Now, I want to be outdoors when the birds break the silence of early morning, the air carries the scent of damp earth and the deer are feeding at the top of Pond Hill. Occasionally I have a visitor at the back window.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

My advice... Anna Karenina if we happened to meet (before it was too late): "Honey, he's not worth it." If you'd care to play the What Would You Say game, please join us at Women of Mystery today.

Friday, April 5, 2013

In my novel...

...Damned If You Don’t, I’ve got some dirty deals going down, but nothing—nothing—to match the antics in the New York State Legislature these days. Read more at Women of Mystery today.

Friday, March 29, 2013

You have to love Jersey...

...for the people, the diners, the view from the Meadowlands, and the certain
 je ne sais quoi of its criminal class, always a source of inspiration for those of us  who write crime fiction. Read more at Women of Mystery.

Friday, February 22, 2013

When slogging through a swamp... helps to know that others have been there before and made it out. For that reason, I was very cheered by George Saunders’ essay, “The United States of Huck,” which includes this quote by Donald Barthelme: “The writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.”
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Monday, February 18, 2013

In a dazzling display of Hollywood hubris...

...Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner labelled as a "made up issue" Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney's concern that the two representatives from Connecticut were inaccurately portrayed as voting against the 13th Amendment rather than for it. This, according to Maureen Dowd in yesterday's New York Times.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Truth vs. Reality?

In her essay in yesterday's New York Times Book Review, Karen E. Bender talks about how writers transform the messy chaos of life into story. As I read the essay, I thought about a short story I wrote—“The Lie,” published in the first Murder New York Style—that introduced me to the pleasure and pain of time travel, and the odd power we acquire when we reshape the past.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hard Questions, No Answers.

The Newtown massacre; Malala Yousufzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls; the death of the young Indian woman gang raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi.

The news, which has become unbearable, forces me to consider the following question: Do we, as writers of crime fiction, reflect the violence in the world community, or do we contribute to it? You're welcome to join the conversation at Women of Mystery today.