The Things You Don’t See Are Still In Every Story

on October 14, 2016

by Laura Benedict It makes sense that you (almost) never see bathrooms on television shows, or in films, unless they are integral to the story.  If you do see one, it’s usually because we need to see someone sneaking up behind the heroine as she looks in a mirror. Or she’s getting ready for work… Read More

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict is the author of six novels of dark suspense, including the Bliss House gothic trilogy: The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her work has also appeared inEllery Queen's Mystery Magazine, PANK, on NPR, and in anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads and St. Louis Noir. She lives with her family in Southern Illinois. Visit her at

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on September 8, 2016

For years I wanted to write stories about young women struggling for a second chance in a small mid-western town. I knew this was not a popular genre and I stood the chance that no one would ever read the pages, or appreciate the stories, but I had to try. There is much of my… Read More

Summer Mysteries with a Touch of Romance

on August 9, 2016
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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


on August 9, 2016
The Book of Beloved

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

The Politics of Romance

on July 26, 2016
First Lady

When you think of romance, your first thoughts probably don’t go to a story about politicians or political wives. But with the GOP convention just over and the Democrats’ just begun, you can actually bury your nose in a book and still keep the theme of presidential politics going if you know where to look…. Read More

June Promises a Little Mystery

on June 7, 2016
The Long Night

What is more intriguing than a promise? The promise to love someone ‘til death do us part, the promise to return from war … the promise that some day the world will end. June finds authors exploring the mystery of promises both good and evil. New York Times Bestselling Author Stella Cameron leads off the… Read More

It’s Paragraph Six—and I Don’t Know Where I Am

on May 31, 2016

(The Importance of Grounding Your Readers) By Joanna Campbell Slan Imagine this: You open your eyes and have no idea where you are. In fact, you aren’t even sure what year it is. Checking your pockets, you realize you don’t have an I.D. and you can’t remember your name. Pretty disconcerting, isn’t it? But writers… Read More

The Art of Living

on May 27, 2016

By Elaine Viets I’m not a fan of house museum tours. I don’t like paying twenty bucks to look at rich people’s old furniture. There’s only one exception: Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. My fifteenth Dead-End Job mystery, The Art of Murder, opens at Bonnet House, where I worked as a volunteer greeter…. Read More


on May 16, 2016
Murder in A Minor

by Janis Thomas As a writer, I’m known for my humorous women’s fiction—I call it Chick Lit for the Soccer Mom set. SOMETHING NEW, SWEET NOTHINGS, and SAY NEVER all deal with forty-something women and the trials and tribulations of parenthood, relationships, and finding their place in the world as they enter middle age. This… Read More


on May 9, 2016
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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