Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Something New Is Coming!


And something else new is already here! I’ll give you that one first. Emily Dunn is doing recordings for The Write Focus on podbean. She just started doing interviews and I’m honored to be her first! She and I talked about a lot of things, including my new People of the Wind, Neanderthal book, my Imogene series, my cozy books, and my short stories. This is only half of it, too. The next half will be available next Wednesday, and an audio of the whole interview will go up then, too. Each half is about 30 minutes.


She’s also doing a series on writing, which you can access at the side of this page.


Here’s the other new thing, which you may have already caught wind of, a new People of the Wind mystery, from Untreed Reads, DEATH IN THE NEW LAND! This follows the Neanderthal tribe to the place they ended up, which is modern-day New Mexico, around Tucumcari. I hope my efforts to describe this remarkable landmark paint a picture of it for the reader. I also hope, of course, that my readers can envision Enga Dancing Flower’s tribe and travails they go through when they meet other peoples who are already inhabiting this new, strange-to-them land.


This book will officially be published July 19th, but you can preorder now from Untreed Read. For a little something special, the code KRL when you’re checking out, will give a donation to Kings River Life magazine, the place that carries my reviews and lots of other great stuff. There are some sales on this and my things at this link, also.


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The life of a mystery writer

 6 8 2022

We have it so hard! Here we are trucking along, trying to get a mystery published. Bragging to our friends that we know how to commit the perfect crime. Doing all our research, working hard on it. Then we decide to try it out.



Not our fault if we get caught. We tried.



The above is what I imagine was going through the head of Cynthia McDonnell, aspiring mystery writer, who decided to let her LEO husband, Don McDonnell have it. Googling her name will bring up a lot of info on this case.



Here’s something about her case:

If that one goes away, which it might, here’s another article:



True confession: I watch old Forensic File reruns and sometimes watch them more than once.



There’s another case now. I remembered watching this old one when the current case was settled. This wife is a romance writer, so maybe she had even less chance of success. She did write an essay entitled “How to Murder your Husband” but maybe it wasn’t well done. I didn’t read it. She, Nancy Brophy, was convicted last month.



But this older case is more interesting to me. I want to know if anyone was critiquing her work, and what courses she took to learn how to write a mystery. Because this was far from perfect! She did everything wrong! First, she said it was a break in. But she forget to make it LOOK like a break in. Then she decided to tell them it was a suicide, and concocted a big, wild, fake story to go with that. But she had no idea how to make it look like a suicide. It didn’t.



The part that makes an impression on me is that her bookshelf was used to make her look guilty.

Her bookshelf, from the show:



My bookshelf, photo taken yesterday:



See why this worries me? Mystery writers, I’ll bet all our shelves look like this, yes?