Kathryn Lilley's Blog (82)

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What makes you decide on a particular book to purchase? A review? Word of mouth? A blog post? And where did you buy your last book?

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Added by Kathryn Lilley on November 12, 2009 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

How I spent my summer vacation (dodging bullets in Chicago)

Okay, I didn't literally dodge any bullets. But it felt like I did last week when I was in Chicago, getting my daughter settled into art school. Read rest of post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on September 8, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Planting red herrings

A reviewer once said of one of my books, "Lilley has cornered the market in red herrings." Read more...

Added by Kathryn Lilley on August 4, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Crazy-writer Deadline Syndrome (CDS)


I recently sent a note of apology to someone who had requested information from me. I had been extremely remiss with this person--Continued

Added by Kathryn Lilley on July 29, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Notes from Thrillerfest '09

Just returned from my first Thrillerfest in NYC. It was fantastic! You can read my notes at the Kill Zone http://tinyurl.com/nayvwg

Added by Kathryn Lilley on July 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Just say no to dialect, y'all

I'm visiting my family in North Carolina this week, and was pleased to run across an article in a local paper that described the enduring value of regional dialects. Read rest of post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on June 9, 2009 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

The Jedi-writers Strike Back

I was happy to read that JA Konrath's novella, SERIAL, has been the #1-Kindle Bestseller for the past nine days. Read post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on June 3, 2009 at 12:19am — No Comments

Scribd's new e-book store: A sea change in publishing?

I was still recovering from Sunday's 4.7 earthquake in LA when I heard the news that must have sent a shiver of apprehension through the publishing industry: Scrbd, the publishing web site that gets around 60 million hits a day, began selling books online. Read rest of…

Added by Kathryn Lilley on May 20, 2009 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

Crashing newspapers: An ill omen for publishing?

I was gobsmacked recently when I read that the Boston Globe might be shut down by the New York Times. This story may be a bad omen for publishing in general. Read the post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on May 5, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sunday Writing School today at the Kill Zone


We're having another one of our periodic Sunday Writing Schools today at the Kill Zone (Read the post ).

Added by Kathryn Lilley on May 3, 2009 at 6:23pm — No Comments

How to write a bestseller

Bestseller. That's why we're all in the blogosphere, isn't it? We all want to write (or read) a bestseller, we writer-reader-bloggers.Read the rest of the post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on April 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why isn't there more sex in mysteries? Discussion today at the Kill Zone

Do mysteries have enough sex? Bestselling suspense author Eric Stone poses that question today at the Kill Zone. Read the post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on April 13, 2009 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

Thriller writers: Are we scary?

I got a chuckle out of last Sunday's post by PD Martin. In the comments section, a reader confessed, "I do have to say that thriller writers scare me a little." Read post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on April 7, 2009 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Body dump sites and a nice merlot

Today The Kill Zone welcomes acclaimed Aussie author PD Martin, for an in-depth discussion of why crime fiction authors make the most stimulating dinner companions...Read… Continue

Added by Kathryn Lilley on April 6, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

How to write an evil character

My subject today is how to write a really, really evil character. Read post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 31, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

When it comes to writing, what's your point of view?

God, how I hate having to deal with point of view. Whenever I'm writing, POV feels like a technical constraint that limits expression. Read post

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 24, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Thriller writing 101: Creating an atmosphere

Every successful thriller begins with a distinctive atmosphere. Read post

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 18, 2009 at 12:26am — No Comments

How to write a thriller: Great beginnings

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I've been working on a new thriller. Read post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 11, 2009 at 2:49am — No Comments

TARP times, hard times, a circle of violence

The national economic meltdown was brought home to me this week.Read post

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 4, 2009 at 7:20am — No Comments

Tool Guy wants to know: What writing software do you use?

After Clare's dreamweaver post yesterday, I thought I'd slam us back to earth with some Tool-Guy talk (okay so I'm a Tool Gal, but honestly. who bothers to check under the belt?). Read post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on February 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

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