Last lines…


Everyone talks about the importance of the first line in your story, long or short, but there is often such grace in the last line that they need to be mentioned. The last line can give you a punch, a feeling of "whoa!", and last lingering taste of the story, that makes it live in…

Killing off your characters, from LitCh@t


http://litchat.com/2013/08/14/character-assassination-killing-off-fictional-characters/ Good list of resources about murdering characters, the whys and hows and whens. For the absolute skinny on HOW, you must read D.P.Lyle's blog or read one of his excellent books, available here. Have fun offing your (fictional) characters!

So, how do you DO a good murder (story) these days, anyway?


I remember once having a lengthy and somewhat gruesome chat about how you would dispose of a body in these recycling focused days. Would you drop it by the medical school? Dissect it and put the hip joints and such in either the plastic or metal recycling containers? Take the head and the mercury fillings…

It’s almost National Crime Writing Month!


Now, finally, a blog topic that won't involve endless self-examination and revelation and such. Phew. Because I haven't done any crimes. Okay, I remember ONE TIME where I stole something. I was in grade 5. I STILL feel guilty about it. Ashamed, bad, totally awful. I'd make amends to the harmed party but I am…

Don’t ever get old: review


Whew. In the first pages excerpt of this book (available online from NetGalley) so much is told, so much is started. I am awash in books to read and yet I've put this one on my "to grab soon" list. Friedman can write, powerfully, and I'm dying to see if the rest of the book…

Fiction is good for you, says Andy Straka


http://andystraka.com/fiction-is-good-for-you/ I'm so happy! Another new author I just have to get to know. Here's his blog - I'll explore more deeply once this 3daynovel thing is over...

The smell of fear….


Yes! Another smashingly wonderful German word to write about, this time from an unlikely source, our local rag, The Halifax Chronicle Herald. (Others may call it the Chronically Horrid but I have an odd fondness for its clever mismanagement of staff, its lack of interest in world politics, its endless car ads from the car…

On the HUNT!!! Mystery authors needed…


I am thrilled to have been made the chair of the 2015 Bloody Words Mystery Conference to be held here in gorgeous Halifax, NS. I think EVERYONE should come. Halifax is a glorious city, the conference is full of surprisingly nice people who have vented their anger at red lights and cell phones and traffic…

Dog on Fire, by Greg Fallis


    Gregory Fallis is a former private detective and author of books about the science of detection. He brings these chops to his delightful collection of stories in Dog on Fire, but he doesn't brag. Instead he focuses on two of the most original and likeable characters in the genre: Kevin Sweeney and Joop…