I'm a life-long mystery reader trying to become a mystery writer. Cultural anthropology is my academic background. I don't have much in print other than scholarly articles: a science fiction story in an out-of-print anthology; one or two poems; a couple of "Readers Write" pieces in The Sun magazine. I'm sitting on an unpublished historical novel about black Seminoles on the Texas frontier.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Barbara Hambly, John Morgan Wilson, Samuel R. Delany, Laurie R. King, Rick Riordan, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Naomi Hirohara, Lono Waiwaiole, P.J. Tracy, Valerie Wilson-Westley, Christa Faust, Sue Ann Jaffarian, Sherman Alexie, Gregory Rucka, Gregory Bateson, Patricia Cadigan, Pamela Samuels-Young, Frank Yerby, Christopher Rice, Ann Rice, Stan Rice, Mary Renault, Renny Christopher, Paula Woods, Walter Mosley, and anything that Dorothy Dunnett ever wrote, regardless of genre.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Any movie Never Coming to a Theater Near You. Current favorites: Once, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, The History Boys, Casino Royale (the newer one.)
Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, Queer as Folk, 6 Ft. Under, Second Sight, Smiley's People, Prime Suspect, Red Cap, MI 5.
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Hi Mischa! I just found you here and was delighted! How's the little kiddy? Hope you are out of fire danger - we are, but the air quality is terrible. I can't stop laughing when I remember your reading of the first chapter of your book, "Two Old Bats at the Reading of the Will" (Did I remember it right? I'm old - I forget stuff.) I even remember Racoona's name...! Best to you - I'll email you with all the personal goings on.
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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.
Mische, Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com. Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
Hey! If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?
Mischa-- Thanks for your note. I saw Craig Russell perform a couple times -- and his disasterous farewell gig at Carnegie Hall when a lot of bitchy queens booed him because his voice was gone and his timing was shot. I wept. I really loved him. And I think OUTRAGEOUS was a great, great film. Everyone should watch it. Great to have you on the site. Meredith
Cultural anthropology sounds like a great starting-point for a writer. Although my husband one studied physical anthropology, and all he does is look at forensic shows and tell me everything they're doing wrong.
Hi Mischa, welcome. I always thought if I ever went back to school it would be in cultural, or economic anthropology. The woman with the best job I ever heard about was a friend of mine who was the official economic anthropologist for the rural development bank of Indonesia. She'd just pick a poor village, spend six weeks there getting to know what made the place tick, then go back to Jakarta, write up a report, get some money together, then go back and make microloans to local entrepreneurs and shopkeepers to help the village get out of poverty. She was like everyone's fairy godmother. It's about the only job I ever heard of that could make me give up writing. Except that I'd end up writing about it.