Reading for Relief Rocks It

My fellow bad apple, Angel Luis Colon, and I have great news to share with you. Our two-night reading and fundraiser, Two Bad Apples present Reading for Relief, raised $2100 for charity!!! *AND* Once Upon A Crime bookstore and the Astoria Bookshop sold a lot of books! The majority of book sales were for books by the … Continue reading Reading for Relief Rocks It

Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief (June 25-26)

This two-night online reading will be a fundraiser for several non-profits in Minneapolis which are rebuilding the city. There are huge sections of Minneapolis which are now food deserts, especially in minority-populated neighborhoods. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and mercados were burned down by white supremacists.  My home, Minnesota, is the state with the second-largest racial inequality … Continue reading Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief (June 25-26)

The Anthonys – “Lust to Love” in Murder-A-Go-Go’s

Murder-A-Go-Go's edited by Holly West Anthony nominations are now open! The Anthony Award is one of the most prestigious in crime fiction and is awarded each year during the Bouchercon fan convention. Attendees who registered for Bouchercon in 2019 or 2020 are eligible to nominate candidates through June 5, 2020.This year, I have stories in … Continue reading The Anthonys – “Lust to Love” in Murder-A-Go-Go’s

Writing Diverse Characters

Recently, a fellow writer asked me how to write diverse characters. Here are some suggestions. Conduct research. There are a number of excellent and free resources out there with information on how to write diverse characters including https://writingtheother.com and https://writingtheother.com/resources/. Other ways to research diverse characters include reading essays, short stories, and novels by diverse writers, attending their … Continue reading Writing Diverse Characters

Like A Virgin: Bouchercon For Rookies

Last year, I attended Bouchercon, the world’s largest mystery convention, for the first time. It was cool, I got a prize, and I wrote about my experience here: Each year, there are mystery writers and fans who will attend Bouchercon (or Bcon) for the very first time. Bouchercon newbies, you should read BOLO BOOKS’ definitive … Continue reading Like A Virgin: Bouchercon For Rookies

Too Old for Snapchat, Too Young for Life Alert: A Low-Key Guide to St. Pete Beach

Recently, my husband and I booked a last-minute trip from Minneapolis, Minnesota to St. Petersburg, Florida after experiencing a $#@*% blizzard in April. My in-laws were going on a month-long cruise, so we jumped at the chance to stay at their place. Between free lodging and purchasing our airline tickets with miles, we were able … Continue reading Too Old for Snapchat, Too Young for Life Alert: A Low-Key Guide to St. Pete Beach

Book Review: “Danny Who?” a memoir by Tom Dahill (Gwenwst Books)

Last year, I met Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson at a reading/performance for “Danny Who?: Four Decades in Irish Music,” Tom’s memoir about life as an Irish-American musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. Since then, I’ve become a fan not only of the book but also of the traditional Irish music which Dahill and Johnson perform in … Continue reading Book Review: “Danny Who?” a memoir by Tom Dahill (Gwenwst Books)

Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good

Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good   This year I attended Bouchercon for the first time. It was pretty damn good. Here’s why. Wednesday, October 11th *SinC Into Great Writing’s “Learn How to Give Your Novel Structure” Workshop with Alexandra Sokoloff My friend and roommate, Mia Manansala, and I arrived in Toronto a day early to … Continue reading Bouchercon 2017: Pretty Damn Good

Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two

Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two Last year was my first time at the Writers Police Academy and it was amazing.  I wasn’t sure what to expect this year, but there was no need to fear: the 2017 WPA was awesome.  Here’s why: 1. Road Tripping with Me, Myself, and … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons I Love the Writers Police Academy, Part Two