by Rebecca Barrett What, you might ask, is the Cat Women Collective? Well, first of all, it’s a whole lot of fun. It involves writers, sentient animals, more specifically Trouble, the black cat detective, and a lot of mischief. As you can see, we like to really get into the story telling mode. One of… Read More
Rebecca Barrett writes historical fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction (writing as Campbell O’Neal), children’s stories, and short stories of life in the South. An avid reader all her life and a product of “front porch” socializing, she became a story-teller at an early age.
Her current novel, Trouble in Dixie (available now), features that handsome, sleek, black cat detective, Trouble. This is a new series with multiple authors (The Cat Women Collective) who follow the antics of super-sleuth Trouble as he lands in first one crime scene then another. Of course, the humans help a little. These romantic mysteries are fun and light hearted and just perfect for a beach read or a rainy day.
by Carolyn Haines On a hot April day in Lower Alabama, I find myself drifting back in time to my beginning writing career. I’d been lucky enough to sell some books to Harlequin Intrigue, and my dream of being published in long form had been realized. But I also knew that I was just on… Read More
When the days grow shorter and the chill wind blows, a writer’s thoughts turn to a favorite holiday–Halloween. This season, 9 mystery writers offer a collection of 9 original stories for those who love a gentle walk on the dark side. MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES is available now for $2.99. LynDee Walker, Eleanor Cawood Jones, and Carolyn Haines… Read More
I’ve always thought of romantic suspense as being akin to having one’s cake and eating it too. And if I had any doubts about that, a trio of new novels set in small towns and out this month would put them to rest. The Queen of Small Town Thrillers Shiloh Walker starts off August with… Read More
by Carolyn Haines The Victorian ghost story became a Christmas tradition long before Charles Dickens wrote A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Some of the literary masters of the day indulged in chilling tales that were read around a fireplace while waiting for Old Saint Nick to pay a visit and fill the children’s stockings with sweets or… Read More
by Carolyn Haines People often ask writers where ideas for books come from. I think it’s different for each story—a tidbit for a newspaper or magazine, a chance conversation with a friend, happening upon a historical fact while looking for something else, or maybe a dream. Sometimes, as in the case of Rock-A-Bye Bones, one… Read More
For some of us, summer promises the time to read what we never have the time to read the rest of the year. Think: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, James Clavell’s Shogun, or Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Wonderful reads all. Each completely different from the other, save for the time they demand of the reader… Read More
by Carolyn Haines Growing up in the small town of Lucedale, Mississippi, I looked forward to the Christmas holidays for a number of reasons. I love to sing Christmas carols. Sadly, few people like to hear me sing Christmas carols. One of my friends told me that my singing had been listed as a form… Read More
My university fiction writing classes have begun—another academic year is off to a start. Things in my writing life are crazy. And lets not talk about the animal rescue, where I have way, way too many animals. I want to talk about writing and the crazy adventures I’ve had this summer. KILLER TAILS is an… Read More
As I’m enjoying the release of the 15th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, BONE TO BE WILD, and writing the next installment of this crazy series, I am struck anew by the forces that came to play in how Sarah Booth and her friends became a mystery series. To be completely honest, I’ve adored reading mysteries… Read More
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LET’S TALK ABOUT…FINDING YOUR VOICE
When I first decided to make my October blog about finding your voice, I planned to come at the subject from a writer’s perspective. Find Your Voice. In other words, what is your style? Punctuation. Syntax. Character development. Something that makes you stand out. A unique voice in a sea of millions. However, as the… Read More