News Flash: Vacations, Revisions & a Writers Retreat!

Congratulations to Annie Aizon, winner of WHEN REASON BREAKS by guest author Cindy Rodriguez! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of LITTLE BLACK LIES by guest author Sandra Block …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is just thrilled she survived winter break — a week at her home with her 4 and 2-year-old. Otherwise, she’s been busy attending book clubs for BEFORE I GO, working on book 2,…

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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The First Writing Rule I Broke: Write What You Know

Friday, April 18, 2014

Raise your hands if one of the first writing rules you learned was “write what you know.” I know many of us write about what is near and dear to our hearts, but what kind of novels would we have if we only wrote what we knew? For me, writing what I know would be the stroke of death for my storytelling. I’ve always been a wanderer at heart–I need…

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IN AN AIRPORT || Pondering Purgatory, Connections, and Fictional Places

Friday, September 20, 2013

It’s Wednesday, midday, and I’m sitting in O’Hare Airport waiting for the next leg in my journey to Albany, New York, home of the Bouchercon 2013 World Mystery Convention, where I will no doubt become more sleep-deprived than I already am. Airports…What better place to ponder place? Airports are the purgatory of places. Neither here nor there, everyone having departed but not yet arrived. They’re kind of surreal, the way…

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INSPIRATION STEW || The Helluva Year That Inspired My First Novel

Friday, September 6, 2013

Here I am, your Friday girl, and in all honesty, after reading my fellow debs’ posts this week, I felt an acute case of stage fright, because, for one thing, aren’t they awesome? And for another thing, I couldn’t think of the inspiration for KILMOON. So here’s a question, what do my first trip to Ireland and family trauma have in common? They both inspired my novel. In one helluva…

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