"Stacy, I agree that this 75% figure is highly dubious. If publishers had that kind of data, we would all know the names of the best graphic artists and they would be rich. I would love to see the references to support this.
I have seen very little…"
"LOL Me, too, Benjamin.
It's like you only learn English grammar when you start studying some other language.
I never worked with styles before my publishers told me to pay attention to them, simplify them, all that tommyrot.…"
Author of "Night Kill" and "Did Not Survive," zoo-dunnits from Poisoned Pen Press. These are set in a small zoo in Vancouver, WA. Published several short stories in Scandinavia thanks to a Danish agency that handles the translations. Previous lives: zookeeper, welfare caseworker, corporate lackey (business writing, publications manager). Dark chocolate, red wine, save the planet.
Hi Ann, the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses. This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point? The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Ann, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.
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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
Thanks for befriending this cozy mystery author, Ann, and for your note. No I haven't read Case Histories by Kate Atkinson yet, so there's another one for my TBR pile! Are you on Goodreads? You can see all my recent reads there.
Hello from a former (temporary) resident of Portland! I lived there for a summer while writing a book more than 20 years ago, and still remember the pleasure of looking up and seeing Mount Hood in the distance. Now I no longer write trade books, being too busy with an editorial job. Had an interesting discussion here the other day about whether or not a forensic paleontologist had ever been a character in a mystery. All kinds of interesting microfossils could be worked into such a story.
Congratulations on your new book!
I also have a new book coming out in September!
Regarding your ?'S - The picture is a very dear friend of mine who passed away a little over a year ago. She was 94 and just a great person.
As for the elk - I spend a lot of my time in Tillamook these days - we have a fixer up place on the Trask River.
Elk roam around in huge herds everywhere over there - this group is a large herd that sometimes numbers 300 and have taken up residence on the Tillamook Airport property. Most of the rest of the herds hang out in cow pastures in the winter and eat the cows food.
Sissy's will be meeting again starting in September - we'll be having a Clackamas County Medical Examiner on the 15th - come if you can!