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
USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines grew up
with both parents working as
journalists, and she was bitten by the writing bug at a very
young age. Her three ambitions were to be a cowgirl, a
mystery-solving sleuth like Nancy Drew, and a writer. Today,
she has basically accomplished them all. She is the author
of the acclaimed Bones mystery series and in
addition, she works as an advocate for humane treatment for
animals and operates a small rescue on her farm (7 horses, 9
cats and 6 dogs).
Haines claims to have had “the last golden childhood
of the South.” She grew up in Lucedale, Mississippi, a
town of 3,000 in the Southeastern Pine Barrens. She rode her
bicycle all over the county with her wonderful dog Venus and
employed her imagination to create adventures with her friends.
Her first job in journalism was at the local weekly, The
George County Times, when she was in high school. She
went on to work as a photojournalist at the Hattiesburg
American while attending the University of Southern
Mississippi to earn a B.S. in journalism.
She worked for nearly a decade in the news business,
covering local politics, the state legislatures in Alabama
and Mississippi, spot news, writing a personal column and
her favorite—writing features and using photography to
illustrate the story. With her mother,
she ran a statewide bureau in Mississippi for the Mobile
Register and the Mississippi Press. As part of
her journalistic adventures, Haines covered an armed robbery
on horseback, hopped a freight train, and rescued a young,
injured bald eagle from certain death. She was the first
female reporter hired on the news side of the Huntsville
At the same time, she began writing short fiction for
personal satisfaction. Under the sway of Eudora Welty,
Flannery O’Connor, Doris Betts, and Lee Smith, Haines
wrote about the landscape and the people she knew. The end
result was being accepted by an agent who urged her to
“write a novel.”
Another huge influence was Harper Lee and TO KILL A
MOCKINGBIRD. Haines’s first novel was SUMMER OF
THE REDEEMERS, a coming of age story set in 1963 rural
Mississippi and published in 1994. Haines was honored in
2010 with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing.
In 2009, Haines was named the recipient of the Richard
Wright Award for Literary Excellence.
From general fiction, Haines drifted into mysteries, and
THEM BONES, a humorous mystery with a wise-cracking
ghost, was bought at auction. The stories center around
Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends. The fourteenth book in
the series, BOOTY BONES, was published May 20, 2014,
by St. Martin’s Minotaur.
While writing the lighter mysteries, Haines has continued to
write in the darker terrain of the crime novel.
PENUMBRA and FEVER MOON (both St.
Martin’s Minotaur) are historical crime novels.
In May 2010, an anthology she edited, DELTA BLUES,
was released to critical acclaim.
Along with writing, Haines is the fiction coordinator at the
University of South Alabama where she teaches graduate and
undergraduate fiction writing. And she is president of Good
Fortune Farm Refuge, an organization dedicated to helping
animals and to educating the public on the need to spay and
She lives on a farm with her “critters.” They
are the terror of the neighborhood.
Hollywood may save its blockbusters for summer moviegoers, but savvy readers know that publishers often save their best books for fall. That’s why October is the gateway month to the year’s biggest new books. And October 2016 promises to be no different. #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Robyn Carr is first out of the… Read More
Hi All! There’s such a fun group of readers at Writerspace that I was very excited to write another blog here! Deadly Silence releases tomorrow, and it’s the first book in a new series about the Blood Brothers. These guys were thrown together years ago at a dangerous boy’s home, and they quickly bonded strong… Read More
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by J.T. Ellison On July 24, 2013, I read a story about a young med school student named Paul DeWolf who’d been killed in his apartment. No motive, no witnesses, no suspects. By all accounts, DeWolf was an exceptional young man. He excelled in everything from school to his military training to sports and his… Read More
With my new title, SECRETS OF THE DEAD recently released, I have secrets on the mind. Oh, not the deep dark ones at the center of my plot, but the fun kind. Secrets. As intriguing as they can be, I know for a fact how difficult it can be sometimes to keep them. When my… Read More
By Allison Brennan I’m a bit contemplative this week. My 19 year old daughter is in Scotland for a month. She’s at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival through a program for Theater or English majors to see a series of plays (I think 18 plays in 2 weeks!) and then she’ll be spending a week in… Read More
If the seasons all have their own unique calling cards—snow and toddies and roaring fires for winter, flowers and showers for spring, foliage tours and pumpkins for fall—wouldn’t it stand to reason that what we read would change with the seasons, too. And that got me thinking . . . If summer is all about… Read More
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