Nick Chiarkas on the Police Use of Deadly Force

Nick Chiarkas is the author of Weepers and Nunzio's Way. You can find out more about him on his website, www.nickchiarkas.com, or by clicking here. See his last post here, and buy his books here. On May 4 – 5, 2023, I was a speaker at the Lakefly Writers Conference, where I discussed writing a Crime Thriller/Mystery. At a sidebar later in the day, I was asked about the use of deadly force by the police from a writer's standpoint. (This might also be helpful for all of us to know). The discussion veered from my writing to my police…

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Jacqueline Vick on Inside the Writer’s Mind

Jacqueline Vick is the author of the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mystery series and the Harlow Brothers mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.jacquelinevick.com, or by clicking here. See her last post here, and buy her books here. Writers. Readers. Moms and Dads. Singletons. We’re all in the same boat when it comes to sorting priorities, meeting the needs of loved ones and bosses (even if that boss is a toddler or a terrier), and finding time to regenerate bodies and brain cells. Fiction authors have additional hurdles. My daily duties include writing, naturally.…

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Laurie Stevens on The Grief at “The End”

Laurie Stevens in the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller series. You can find out more about her at her website www.lauriestevensbooks.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Recently, I completed a sci-fi/ fantasy titled “The Return.” After spending a year researching the world’s developing technology and artificial intelligence and then another year writing the novel, I thought I’d be elated, ready to pop the cork off a bottle of champagne. Instead, I felt bummed. Lost. I’ve been in this place before, and it happens every time I complete a book. Without…

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Sheila Lowe on the Book She Didn’t Want to Write

Sheila Lowe is the author of the Forensic Handwriting suspense series and the Beyond the Veil series. You can find out more about her on her website www.sheilalowebooks.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. Twenty-three years ago, when my daughter was killed by her boyfriend, I knew I would write her story. A title came to me right away: Growing from the Ashes. Yet, I couldn’t do it. The ending was just too sad. As a mystery author I write books about murder all the time. But those crimes are solved and…

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Joy Ann Ribar on The Party in Your Brain

Joy Ann Ribar is the author of the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website at www.joyribar.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. This week is World Creativity and Innovation Week, declared by the United Nations. Its aim is to empower creativity from all people in all functions of life to improve our world. That may sound lofty and maybe even cliché to some, but according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, every occupational field in the world is seeking creative…

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Fear Helps Us Slay Dragons

Laurie Buchanan is the author of the Sean McPherson thriller series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.lauriebuchanan.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance that you’re a writer, published or not. It doesn’t matter. There’s an even higher chance that, at some point, fear has kept you from writing. Here are a few common writing-related fears: Everyone has fears. They might include spiders, heights, confined spaces, or something else. Am I genuinely talented, or just a perpetual wannabe? If…

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Sharon Michalove on Food, Glorious Food

Sharon is the author of the Global Securities Unlimited Series. You can learn more about her on her website, coffeeandeclairs.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Food is integral to every book I write, whether mystery, romantic suspense, or even much of what I wrote as a practicing historian. From orchestrating medieval feasts to writing culinary cozies, food is everywhere in my work. I don’t remember when I first knew I was a foodie, but it was long before it was a word, or a concept. As a writer who is also…

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Sherrill Joseph asks, “Are You a Synesthete?” 

Sherrill Joseph is the author of the Botanic Hill Detectives mystery series for middle schoolers. You can find out more about her on her website, www.sherrilljoseph.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. “Ms. J, what does my name make you taste?” A fair question, the kind I am always asked by school students when I attend an author visit. An example of how a synesthetic person might associate a color with a letter or number. My kid-lit fans know I’m a synesthete. That’s a person with synesthesia. So is Rani Kumar, one…

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Anne Louise Bannon on Not Being Perfect

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles and Operation Quickline series. You can find out more about her on her website annelouisebannnon.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. I sew a lot of my clothing. Or I should say that I try to. The reality is, I'm not that good a stitcher. I make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes they show, and when they don't, I'll often let them go. And, yes, there are mistakes on the two projects in the photos above and below. I promise, the…

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John DeDakis on The Power of the Subconscious

John DeDakis is the author of the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense-thriller series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.johndedakis.com, or by clicking here, see his last post here, and buy his books here. Writing is like dipping a straw into your subconscious. When you ask yourself “what if?” questions, you stir up the creative juices inside you—all that subterranean psychological stuff that’s been lurking just below the surface for years. The act of writing is like taking a sip—the creativity simply flows through your fingers and onto the page. You experienced writers know what I’m talking about.…

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