Patricia Gligor's Blog (20)

Why buy the cow when . . .

As a mystery/suspense author and an avid mystery reader, I'm constantly amazed at the number of books out there to choose from. And, with so many "free" books available, I'm seeing a trend lately.

Readers are downloading the free books and the books that are on sale and they seem to be less inclined to pay full price. Even if full price for an eBook is less than $3.99. It reminds me of the old saying, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

Which, I think, is sad.…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on December 6, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Step into Springtime and a Mystery

As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.

When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on March 18, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

It's the week of Christmas and

The Westwood Strangler is dead.

Or so everyone believes.…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on December 14, 2012 at 12:55am — No Comments

The Mystery We Write Blog Tour

Author interviews, writing and marketing tips and lots of free books!

The Mystery We Write Blog Tour begins Monday, November 26th.…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on November 24, 2012 at 1:39am — No Comments

Looking for a Christmas Mystery?

I'm thrilled to announce that, in just five days, on Tuesday, November 20th, Unfinished Business, the second novel in my Malone mystery series, will be released,…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on November 16, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments

In the Spirit of Halloween

My mystery/suspense novel, Mixed Messages, takes place the last week of October, which, of course, includes Halloween. As I was doing research for the book, I…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on October 23, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

It takes a village

           For the past few weeks, whenever I had the chance, I've been working on a book trailer for my mystery novel, Mixed Messages, and I've finally completed it.

            I'd never done a trailer before and, let me tell you, creating it was both frustrating and fun. I can laugh now when I think about how many times my…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on August 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

True Story: Cincinnati Strangler terrorized city

In 1965-1966, my main interests were boys, learning how to drive so I could get my driver’s license and school, pretty much in that order. So I paid little attention to the news, never realizing how what was going on then (in my city) would mirror the novel I would write many years later.…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on May 10, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

What's in a Name?

I remember a conversation with my mom about my writing career. She asked me what name I planned to go by, what pen name I was going to use. “Maybe,” she said, “you should choose a name that’s easier to pronounce than Gligor. Don’t most writers do that?” Our talk reminded me of an article I once read. It was an interview with actress, Jacqueline Bisset. When the interviewer told Jacqueline that he’d heard several…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on April 5, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Dream Come True

I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl. Like most girls my age, I read every Judy Bolton and Nancy Drew mystery; they were among my most prized possessions. When I was ten years old, I submitted a poem I’d written to my Sunday school magazine. I can still remember how thrilled I was when I saw my name printed under the title. My first byline! Now, many years later (no need to tell how many), I feel…

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Added by Patricia Gligor on March 23, 2012 at 1:53am — No Comments

Different Strokes for Different Folks

I’m a morning person. Most days, as soon as I wake up, I’m alert and ready to start my day. After coffee, of course. That’s why I choose to write in the morning; I’m fresh and at my best. When I’m writing, whether it’s the first draft of a manuscript or a rewrite, I focus on that. I don’t even check my email or answer my phone until I’m satisfied that I’ve produced the day’s writing. It’s…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on March 15, 2012 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Imagination

When I think back to my childhood, I realize that it’s no wonder I became a mystery writer. My parents, younger brother and I lived in an old two-story house with all kinds of good places to play Hide’n Seek. The basement was an especially scary place; the foundation had thick stone walls, a fruit cellar and a coal bin. We had a large backyard and, at the end of it, a woods extended as far…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 24, 2012 at 12:04am — No Comments

Get Real

In one of my favorite movies, Misery, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, James Caan plays Paul Sheldon, the famous author of a popular historical romance series. Paul decides that, if he’s ever going to be a “real” writer again, he needs to produce something else. He goes to his usual writer’s retreat, a lodge in the mountains, and completes a new novel, as yet untitled; he’s very…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 10, 2012 at 12:15am — 2 Comments

Truth IS stranger than Fiction

In real life, when we hear of someone doing something bizarre or out of character, we often wonder, “What on earth possessed him to do that?” And, if we know the person, we might even think “That’s not like him.” But, since we know that he did it, we have no choice but to shrug our shoulders, shake our heads, accept it and move on. It happened; it’s a fact. In real…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on February 2, 2012 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Creating Characters

The process of creating a character is like conceiving, carrying and giving birth to a baby who will, no doubt, have Mom’s nose or Grandpa’s ears. While I didn’t consciously model the characters in Mixed Messages or the subsequent novels in my Malone mystery series after myself or anyone else, there are bits and pieces of me and people I know in each of them: a physical characteristic, a personality trait or a life experience that contributed significantly to who they…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on January 26, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

Something for Everyone Part 2

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the mystery novels that will be coming out this year.


Cleansed by Fire by James R. Callan and published by DWB…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on January 12, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Something for Everyone Part 1

If you’re looking for a good book to read, look no further. There’s something here for everyone.…


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Added by Patricia Gligor on January 6, 2012 at 1:02am — No Comments

The Power of Words

Words have power. They can make someone’s day. (“You have beautiful eyes.”) Or, they can break someone’s heart. (“I don’t love you anymore.”) We writers know about proper sentence structure and how to place our carefully chosen words within a sentence to create the effect we want. And we strive to do that in our novels.…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on December 22, 2011 at 6:53am — No Comments

The Devil's in the Details

Writing a series can be a challenge. When you're writing the second or third book, it can be difficult to keep track of all the details you’ve already written in the first book. As G. Thomas Gill commented on one of my recent posts, Stand Alone vs. Series Novels, “to remember each and every little detail about your character, like what he drinks, the color car she drives, or his detest of Thai food.” That’s true…
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Added by Patricia Gligor on October 20, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

I love a mystery

I love to travel and I love a mystery! That's why, whenever I go on vacation and visit a city that I've never been to before, I search for a local bookstore where I scan the shelves, looking for mystery/suspense novels by local authors. I do this for two reasons. First, I think it's important to support writers everywhere (maybe someday, someone will return the favor) and secondly, because, when I come home and return to my daily life, I can open the pages and escape to the place I've just… Continue

Added by Patricia Gligor on October 15, 2011 at 2:03am — No Comments

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