Legends and Lore in KILMOON

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irish do a lot of things well. Whiskey and lace, storytelling and step-dancing. One thing I love about Irish culture is all the legend and superstition surrounding it. And in KILMOON, Lisa Alber’s debut mystery, she puts all that lore to good use. Tidbits of saints, ancient rites, and rumors lend atmosphere, intrigue and even humor to the novel. In Chapter 21, for instance, we get a flashback glimpse…

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No Cinderella Story Here, More Like the Swamp Thing’s Journey Toward Publication

Friday, October 4, 2013

I’m here to tell you that if I can get published, so can you … OK, honesty required: I had no clue what to write for this post. Lisa the Martyr read her fellow debutantes’ posts about their so-called hardships when it came to finding agents or selling their books — pleeeease! I’m the novelist swamp thing who dragged myself out of the publishing trenches and lived to tell the…

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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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