John DeDakis on Working With Wolf

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, and buy his books here. This is his debut post. Wolf Blitzer credits Saddam Hussein for his fame. Wolf had just joined CNN in 1990 as the network’s Pentagon correspondent. But his background was print, not broadcast, so — in a story he tells often — he said to his wife, Lynn, that CNN didn’t feel like a good fit. John DeDakis “Just give it a little more time,” he says she told him.…

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Jeff Nania on Less is More

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. Democracy has been defined and redefined countless times, often the definition used will be to the best benefit of the speaker. Abraham Lincoln On November 19, 1863 at the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Edward Everett gave a two hour speech. The next speaker quietly took the podium and looked out on the simple grave markers loudly proclaiming a story great sadness and…

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John Hoda on Being a Real-Life Private Eye

John Hoda is the author of the Marcia O'Shea police/FBI procedural series, and the new Gwendolyn Strong cozy mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website at www.johnhoda.com, or by clicking here, and see his books here. This is his debut post. I’ve been an investigator for over forty-six years. I still have two open files on my desk, even though my son and a part-timer do all the heavy lifting for Hoda Investigations, LLC these days. This year marks my twenty-fifth anniversary owning my own PI business. During all this time and in college, I…

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Saralyn Richard on the Five Best Things About Series

Saralyn Richard, who is sharing her thoughts on the five best things about series, whether writing or reading them, is the author of the Detective Parrot series and thrillers Bad Blood Sisters, A Murder of Principal. You can find out more about her on her website, www.saralynrichard.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. When I wrote MURDER IN THE ONE PERCENT, I was completely focused on telling a story about a group of old college friends who gather for an elegant birthday party weekend in the lush Brandywine Valley, a place so…

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Avanti Centrae Asks About Cleopatra’s Secrets

Avanti Centrae is the author of the VanOps thrillers. You can find out more about her at her website, www.avanticentrae.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Did you know archeologists still haven’t found Cleopatra’s tomb? While researching my latest thriller, Cleopatra’s Vendetta, I learned much about the ancient queen. She had sparkling eyes, a commanding presence, and a rich voice. Her beauty has been debated, but it’s clear she had a host of responsibilities as empress of Egypt, including commanding the army and navy, dispensing justice, setting prices, distributing grain, collecting taxes, dealing with…

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Anne Louise Bannon on 40 Years With the Same Characters

Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her at her website, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and find her books here. My friends tell me that one of the things I should be proud of as a writer is that I'm prolific. And I'm always afraid that me being prolific is discouraging to my other writing friends. The reason I'm prolific is probably because of my background as a journalist. Daily, or even weekly deadlines do not give…

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Margaret Mizushima on Adventures in Moving

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.margaretmizushima.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Moving. The very word strikes fear in the hearts of braver folks than I. And yet…moving can certainly have its positive side. After forty years of living on our small ranch in northern Colorado, my husband and I have relocated to Washington state to be closer to family. It was a difficult decision and one that took two years to evolve, but at the…

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Tim Chapman Asks Is All Art Political?

Time Chapman is the author of the Sean McKinney series and the editor the literary journal LitBop. You can find out more about him on his website timchapmanauthor.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and find his books here. Do artists have a responsibility to speak to the human condition? Lin-Manuel Miranda thinks so. In his December 2019 article in The Atlantic he writes, “Art lives in the world, and we exist in the world, and we cannot create honest work about the world in which we live without reflecting it.” He goes on to use The…

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Christine DeSmet on a Writer’s Oasis

Christine DeSmet is the author of the cozy Fudge Shop Mystery Series. You can find out more about her on her website www.christinedesmet.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Oasis:  “1. A fertile place in a desert, due to the presence of water; 2. any place or thing offering welcome relief in the midst of difficulty, dullness, etc.” ~ Webster’s New World Dictionary I always return from my writer’s oasis changed and uplifted. What I receive at the well is profound. This particular oasis is real, a four-day writers’ retreat I attend…

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Valerie Biel Asks Can You Set a Book Someplace You’ve Never Been?

Valerie Biel is the author of the Circle of Nine series. You can find out more about her on her website www.valeriebiel.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. Yes, BUT it’s so much easier to write if you’ve been there. The internet makes it possible to virtually visit nearly every location on the planet, allowing you to experience a place through videos, photos, and other people’s accounts. So much so that you can gather enough pertinent details to use a location you’ve never actually visited as a setting in a book. In…

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