I’M A WRITING ADDICT

on February 25, 2014

Hello, my name is Sheila Connolly and I write three ongoing mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. In my spare time I write short stories and self-publish single-title mysteries. And suspense. And romance, with a little paranormal stuff thrown in. And I am an addict. People look at me and ask, how do you do… Read More

Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly

After collecting too many degrees and exploring careers ranging from art historian to investment banker to professional genealogist, Sheila Connolly began writing in 2001, and has now published over thirty traditional mysteries, including several New York Times bestsellers.Her series include the Orchard Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), the Museum Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The County Cork Mysteries (Crooked Lane Books), the Relatively Dead Mysteries (Beyond the Page Press), and beginning in 2018, The Victorian Village Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press.Her first full-length, standalone eBook, Once She Knew, was published in October 2012.Connolly has also published a variety of short stories: "Size Matters" appeared in the 2010 Level Best Anthology, Thin Ice; "Called Home," a short prequel to the Orchard series, was published by Beyond the Page in 2011; and "Dead Letters," an e-story featuring the main characters from the Museum series, will be published by Berkley Prime Crime in February 2012. Beyond the Page also published "The Rising of the Moon," and another Level Best anthology includes "Kept in the Dark," which was nominated for both an Agatha award and an Anthony award for 2013.She is passionate about genealogy, both American and Irish, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She is also an Irish citizen and owns a cottage in West Cork.She lives in a too-big Victorian in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and three cats.

A Cozy Life

on December 5, 2013

In our family room my husband is watching a Hallmark movie about a gorgeous judge-cum-shampoo-model in a small coastal town where no one locks his door and all the parked cars have keys in them. A thieves paradise, yet the crime rate is barely above 0 (and that’s because sweet old Mr. C is losing… Read More

Starting Over

on October 21, 2013

Readers frequently ask: how do you start over with a new book or series? How do you go from one thing to another without losing track of where you are? The answer is easy, and complex. As we create a new book or series, it takes months to get to know our characters. By the… Read More

Assembling Sid the Skeleton

on September 26, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. How hard can it be to assemble a human skeleton? The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the… And so on. But that oh so helpful mnemonic only works with real skeletons. (Plus you’d need over… Read More

Mysteries and Messages

on June 14, 2013

Thanks yet again to Writerspace for inviting me to blog.  I was here just a few weeks ago discussing, among other things, the reprinting of my third Pet Rescue Mystery HOUNDS ABOUND with a special seal on it as part of Penguin Group (USA)’s Read Humane program.  And now I’m here because of my first… Read More

The Diva Visits Threadville

on June 12, 2013

Krista Davis and Janet Bolin were online critique partners long before either of them was published. Now they share the same publisher, Berkley Prime Crime, and their most recent mysteries came out on the same day, June 4.  THE DIVA FROSTS THE CUPCAKE is the seventh book in Krista’s Domestic Diva Mystery series. THREAD AND… Read More