Category Archives: Writing

Check Your Facts, Ma’am

A mystery writer must be sure of all the facts of her story. Not only must she be attentive to the elements of the plot—timeline of the murder, alibis, physical traits of the characters—but every piece of information included in … Continue reading

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Kicking Bad Writing Habits To The Curb

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s resolution time, when many of us commit to eating healthier foods, getting eight hours sleep, cleaning the closets, and watching less television. I haven’t yet made a life-improving resolution for the year. What’s been on … Continue reading

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Famous Writers At Work

I have been interested in the writing habits of authors since studying the works of William Faulkner in college. In that class I learned that Faulkner wrote the outline for his book, The Fable, on his study’s walls in Rowan Oak, his … Continue reading

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All Things at the Library

I paid a visit to the Sloatsburg Public Library this past Wednesday to meet with a few of its patrons and read a selection from All Things Murder. I must thank the library’s Sue Melnyk and Sandy Welsh for arranging … Continue reading

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A Message To My Friends, The Feds

I’ve been doing research on the Internet for my next cozy mystery, reading up on deadly poisons, vehicular homicide, and strangulation as I work out who is the victim and who the murderer. I’ve paused more than once, imagining how … Continue reading

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Freshman Year Again And Again

The release of All Things Murder has brought me back in contact with friends with whom I had lost touch. I recently heard from Maureen, a college friend. We caught up on each other’s lives and those of our mutual … Continue reading

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An Interview with Veronica Walsh

Writers will ask themselves questions when drawing memorable, well-developed characters. A few sample questions: What does the character look like? How old? Religion? Age? Family? Friends? I thought this week I’d again turn the blog over to Veronica Walsh from All … Continue reading

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The (Not So Dreaded) Synopsis

I have been writing the synopsis for the second Veronica Walsh mystery over the last few days. A description of the plot, including the ending, the synopsis acts as a sort of calling card for a novel. It’s a writer’s … Continue reading

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Playing with Emotions

Have you seen Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet? Set in the gorgeous English countryside, it is a wonderful film about the residents of a retirement home for musicians. When the facility is in danger of closing, one of the residents … Continue reading

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All Things Procrastination

My thanks to Megan McArdle, whose article in The Atlantic serves as inspiration for this post. I do have a quibble with the article’s title. I do not believe writers are the worst procrastinators. Delaying for days or weeks doesn’t come close … Continue reading

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