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
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.
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
Camille Minichino has published eight novels in the Periodic
Table Mysteries series, featuring retired physicist GLORIA
LAMERINO. The series continues in short stories on Kindle
As Margaret Grace, she’s published five novels in the
Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE
PORTER and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Maddie.
As Ada Madison, she’s poised to release a new series,
the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college
professor SOPHIE KNOWLES.
Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham
University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty
of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and on the staff of
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Camille is on the
boards of the California Writers Club and NorCal Sisters in
Crime. She’s a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of
America and SF Romance Writers of America.
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
People frequently ask us how we began writing together. And
how we can write together at all!
Writing together was a natural evolution for us. We have
been in several businesses together during our almost
thirty year marriage.
Joyce began writing poetry when she was nine. Jim scribbled
a little, but mostly read a lot. We decided to work
together on a series of stories we told our children to
amuse them after Hurricane Hugo hit our house in 1989.
Without power or water for weeks, we needed something!
We started writing novels together after that and are still
going strong! We also enjoy writing non-fiction about the
people we meet in our travels. Ordinary people who are
doing extraordinary things with their lives, like the
characters we write in our novels.
As for our personal lives, we have three wonderful
children, Chris, Jeni and Emmie as well as two fantastic
grandchildren, Eric and Gabrielle. We love cats and have
too many of them. We have a chocolate Lab named Bear. Jim
is into computers, photography and line drawing. Joyce is
active in sculpting, alternative medicine and water color
All of our books are purposely written to be vegetarian and
inspiring. We believe that we all have a journey that leads
to the discovery of ourselves; our ultimate destiny.
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
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
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as a paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. And all her current stories involve dogs.
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
I was about seven, and for years (!), I'd been offering
really helpful suggestions about the clothes my mother
designed and sewed. Now I was going to make my own skirt.
At the fabric shop, I ran my fingers along each bolt of
cloth, probably about sixteen times. My mother didn’t
mind. She was doing the same thing. Finally, after much
indecision and heavy consultation, I chose a navy blue
cotton broadcloth with a red pin stripe.
Back home, under my mother’s close supervision, I cut
out a couple of large rectangles and a strip for the
waistband. Using my mother’s old black Singer, I
carefully stitched the rectangles into a tube, then gathered
the tube to the waistband. I made a buttonhole and sewed on
a big red button. We folded a deep hem, and my mother, whose
ability to stitch a straight line was far superior to mine,
sewed the hem with her machine. For the finishing touch, she
showed me how to wind red embroidery floss under one machine
stitch and over the next.
I had made my own skirt and embroidered it, too. I was hooked.
I also loved reading. I asked where books came from. People
wrote them? Wow! I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.
Whether I grew up or not is debatable, but now I’m
writing books in which my main character solves crimes. She
also embroiders the way I do now, with sewing and embroidery
As a novelist, I’m used to plotting. And not just stories. I also plot how to let the world know about them. I plot my life, as much as possible. And more. So here I am now, at Writerspace, posting this blog about plotting. That’s largely to let the world know about my latest upcoming… Read More