Category: writing

A Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions 2017

It’s 2017. A new year. And you know what that means…. It’s time to make some New Year’s Resolutions! The thing about me and New Year’s Resolutions, though? I tend to forget about them a few days after I make

Where I Get My Story Ideas—Informant

Look, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. Die Hard in a courthouse. That was the original idea for Informant. Well, okay, there’s a little more to it than that. I was also thinking a lot about witnesses, and the relative importance

Monk’s Cafe – A Real Location in a Fictional Philadelphia

Most of the restaurants, bars, and stores featured in my books are fictional locations. I’d claim that this is due to my irrepressible creativity, but the truth is that making places up requires less research, and runs a lower risk

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The Importance of Being Villainous

So I’ve been thinking about bad guys in fiction.  When I was a kid, I always rooted for them.  I wanted Wile E. Coyote to catch the Roadrunner, Gargamel to transmute the Smurfs, and if I had been Luke Skywalker,

X-Rated Research

I am thrilled to have a guest post today on Joe Konrath’s blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.  Joe has been blogging about writing and publishing for years.  He is also the author of the bestselling Jack Daniels series of

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