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Lea Wait: Why Maine?

  Why Maine? Tomorrow my eighteenth traditionally published book, DANGLING BY A THREAD, will be released. (Hurrah!) Five of my books are historicals set in the nineteenth century, one is a memoir which includes writing tips (LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE), and the other twelve are mysteries: eight in

Karen McCullough: What Makes a Good Detective in a Mystery?

I love a good mystery. Cozy, noir, amateur detective, police procedural, whatever the form, I’ll enjoy it as long as it’s well written, tells a good story, has interesting characters, and plays fair with the reader. A good villain is a cherry on top of the sundae. But even though

Mary Abshire: Fighting Evil

Fighting Evil is the third Soul Catcher novel. I wrote the first four books back in 2009-2010. I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish in Fighting Evil when I started writing it. (1) My protagonist had to endure more struggles. Why? Because I love to torture my characters. It's

Miguelina Perez: The Vicar’s Deadly Sin

Ms. Miguelina Perez is a writer, and jewelry artist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia. As a jewelry artist one of her lariats was showcased in the San Antonio Express-News. She has won several awards including a critical Writing award for an

Christina Hoag: What inspired me to write about gangs

Having written both a nonfiction book and a fiction book about gangs, people often ask me why gangs? I first encountered gangs as a young newspaper reporter in New Jersey, when I was assigned to write a story about a notorious motorcycle gang delivering Christmas toys to a local hospital.

Nina Mansfield: Inspired by Nancy Drew

I started writing books when I was five years old. My first book was a fantasy for children, written on old typing paper and illustrated with crayons. Alas, Cindy and Sally in Polka Dot Land has been lost to the ravages of time. I attempted to write my first play when

Christine DeSmet: Writing sparked by life

Like many authors, real life sparks my fiction. And like many, I drive by places—even many times—and don’t realize the history treasures hidden there. I write the contemporary cozy Fudge Shop Mystery series, set in Door County, Wisconsin. The county is that thumb of land in Lake Michigan known as

Flipped for Murder with Maddie Day

Why do I write what I write? My most immediate answer is that I love to read traditional and cozy mysteries. By that I mean mysteries solved by a regular person who doesn’t solve crimes as part of her job, but instead is strongly motivated to figure out what went

Mystery and other plans with Judy Alter

Like many American girls, I grew up devouring Nancy Drew mysteries and always thought I wanted to write mysteries. Life had other plans however. I earned a Ph.D. in English because I loved to read—no idea of what I was going to do with it. I married, had four children,

Lea Wait: My Writing Journey

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I learned to read. Growing up, I read everything I could, from cereal boxes to Shakespeare. Everything I read encouraged me to dream. I edited my high school newspaper (yes, a writerly cliché) and went on to major in both drama (writing plays)

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