The manuscript for COLD DARK PLACES is officially turned in. Drinks all around 🙂 That means the original manuscript followed by three rounds of developmental edits. Whew! I still have copy edits and line edits to come. That’s where the catch the slip-ups I’ve made in grammar and timelines (my personal bugaboo). But those changes…

My life is full of good intentions. A weekly blog was among them. I missed here and there when I was in deep in deadline hell. But then came another sort of hell, which has caused weeks of absence. My (almost) 94-year-old dad was in the hospital for thirteen days. He’s normally in very good…

Believe it or not, I started writing before the Internet was widely available. In those days, I bought research books by the armful whenever I attended a writers’ conference. I received a couple of newspapers monthly that sold books of interest to writers. My kids got an education I hadn’t reckoned on when they and…

I always say I’m not a fan of superhero movies. They don’t particularly appeal to me…I would never choose one when I’m selecting a movie. But danged if I don’t surprise myself by enjoying them when dragged to one. Iron Man sucked me in from the start. What’s not to like about Robert Downey Jr.?…

People ask me: How do you do it? How do you keep churning books out year after year? Don’t you ever run out of ideas? The secret, of course, is to make sure to rejuvenate. To take frequent breaks to spend time with family and friends. And–a few times a year–to get away to one…

The Circle of Evil books were sold to China last year, and they’ve been released. Or will soon be soon. The exact information is always dicey when you’re dealing with foreign agents. When I heard that the books were going to China, I couldn’t help but wonder how interested Chinese readers will be in a…

      Often, when I tell people where I’m from, I hear a variation of a common theme. “Oh, Iowa. Potatoes!” “No.” I tell them. “That’s Idaho. We’re corn.” “Well, I know it’s one of those fly over states. By Texas, right?” “Nope. That’s Oklahoma. We’re smack in the middle of the heartland.” Not…

Yes, I know. Someone with a looming deadline who still has several RITA entries to judge and eight re-issued books to format and upload has no business taking time off to read. But I did. Call it a brain break. I need to recharge to keep up these ten-twelve hour work days.   The book…

Reviews can be the lifeblood of an author. I’m not sure readers understand just how dramatic a role they can play in a book’s longevity. The number of reviews a book garners raises its discoverability on sales outlets, which means more people will be able to see and potentially buy it. Reviews equate with sales.…