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Friday Flashback Reading: Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald was nothing if not a gifted stylist when it came to writing prose. THE IVORY GRIN starts off with a tension-filled meeting between the protagonist, private eye Lew Archer, and an unpleasant (in attitude and looks), but well-dressed, woman who wants to...

What it’s Like to Be a Mock Trial Judge

On Saturday, I took part in what’s becoming an annual tradition for me—serving as a scoring judge in the regional mock trial competitions for undergraduate students at the University of Maryland Law School (now called, strictly speaking, the University of...

Interview with Paul D. Brazill, Crime Writer

Due to technical problems, I was unable to feature crime writer Paul D. Brazill on the Crime Cafe podcast. However, in lieu of a recorded interview, I have today a guest interview that I hastily threw together  from the man himself. So … without further ado,...

Now Reading Chapter Two of My YA Book

For those of you who enjoy young adult fiction, I’d say it’s high time that I got around to doing readings from my YA book. In the increasingly unlikely event that you haven’t heard me talk read my blog posts about Invisible Me, here’s your...

Giving Away My YA Book in My Relaunch

I’ve focused so much on my crime fiction on this blog that I’ve inadvertently overlooked talking about my YA book. It’s a bit hard to categorize this novel, except to say that it’s about an outcast albino teen who’s asked to spy on the...

S. 2, Ep. 16: A Chat with Allan Ansorge

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The Crime Cafe Interview with Allan Ansorge

Hello all! 🙂 Time again for another Crime Cafe interview. This one’s on YouTube, of course. Feel free to subscribe here! You can also subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher/Google Play! Just click here to find the subscribe buttons. Anyhow, without further ado,...

An Awesome Infographic for Book Nerds

If you’re reading this blog, chances are good that (like me) you’re a book nerd. The term is, of course, a great compliment! What’s not to love about books? So when I saw this post on Janet Rudolph’s blog, Mystery Fanfare, I couldn’t not...

How to Market One’s Screenplay

Writing and marketing screenplays may be different than doing the same for books. However, I recently read an article that emphasized the importance of getting your work “out there” through whatever means possible. So, in the event someone might take an...

How Many of You Love Journal Writing?

In my opinion, journal writing is more than just a tool for writers. Keeping a journal is also great therapy. A person can keep a journal for many reasons. You can keep lists of places you’ve been, movies and books you want to see, things you want to do. I,...

S. 2, Ep. 15: A Chat with Author Patrick Kelly

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How to Become a Screenwriter

If you’re going to become a screenwriter, you need to practice writing in screenplay format. Screenwriting is, to put it simply, similar, but very different from writing novels or short stories. Screenwriting involves using the bare minimum of words to tell the...

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