Michael Haskins
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Started Mar 17, 2008

The short story
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Key West
About Me:
I am a mystery writer who loves sailing, so I moved to Key West. EQMM's 2007 March/April issue had my short story, Murder in Key West, and Five Star published my book, Chasin' the Wind. The publisher has sold out of copies, but Amazon.com claims to have copies. I spent five years as the business editor/writer for the Key West Citizen and another five as the public information officer for the City of Key West.
I have been a member of Mystery Writers of America, first in Southern California and now in Florida, since the '80s.
To read the short story or a few of the novel's chapters, go to my webpage: www.michaelhaskins.net and let me hear from you afterward.
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Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Gayle Lynds, James Hall, Randy Wayne White, Megan Abbott, Ken Bruen, Tom Corcoran, Jerry Healy, Michael Collins, Dennis Lynds, Jose Latour, Bob Morris, Dick Lochte, Donald Westlake, Larry Block, Lee Child, James Carroll, Richard Barre, Jon King, Michael Connelly, Chuck Hogan, Don Bruns,
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Die Hard (all of 'em), Casablanca, (I am not impressed with all the animation in movies now, but maybe that's because I am not handy with computers); Bones, CSI-Las Vegas, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, House and reruns of the Rockford Files.

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How many words a day does it take to make a writer?

My writing is going well. The story has taken itself from me and moved in areas that I hadn’t thought of. That often happens when write. I know the beginning and I know what I want the end to be and I begin.

So far, I’ve been lucky with the beginning. Endings haven’t changed too much, from the concept I was working from, but the middle is something else.

My new Mad Mick Murphy Mystery, “Car Was Blues,” is going well, as I’ve said, but I am not sure it’s because of me or in spite of… Continue

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 10:01pm

Don't pay the ransom. I've escaped!

It seems like forever since I’ve sat down to blog. I guess a few months is forever to some. Would you believe that I was kidnapped by members of the MWA Florida board of directors and held on bread and water until I agreed to join them?

If you knew Jim Born, president of the chapter, mystery writer, FDLE agent, and all around scoundrel, you’d believe me. Honestly.

Thanks to some board members, namely Diane Stuckart, Linda Hengerer, Miriam Auerbach, Rhonda Pollero, Deb… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 5:39am — 2 Comments

When A Good Thing Goes Bad

I can remember using a typewriter on one of my many unpublished novels back in the mid ‘80s. Soon afterward, two friends pulled me kicking and screaming into the computer generation. I finally welcomed the scary process because of spell checker.

Today, of course, spell checker is only a little of what writers get from writing programs. There is auto correct, a favorite of mine, since my mind often works far ahead of my fingers, and I am always transposing letters. I have many words,… Continue

Posted on April 19, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

SleuthFest notes

PHOTO: Buck Buchanan, Michael, and Leighton Gage, notice sign in back? The bar is in front of us, enough said)

I just returned from the four-day SleuthFest gathering of writers and fans in Deerfield Beach, Fla. It is sponsored by the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America (I am on the chapter’s board) and its two guests of honor were writers John Hart and Brad Meltzer. John spoke at the Friday luncheon and Brad on… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 12:00am

SleuthFest Panel: Write Great Dialogue

I will be on the “Write Great Dialogue” panel at the Florida chapter of MWA’s SleuthFest 2009 at the Deerfield Beach Hilton, Feb. 26 – March 1 (www.mwa.fla.org), along with Terry Odell – www.terryodell.com; Deborah Shlian - www.shlian.com; Joan Johnston – www.joanjohnston.com, and moderator Gregg Brickman – www.greggebrickman.com, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2:15 p.m. We follow the luncheon where chapter President Jim Born – www.jameoborn.com - introduces guest speaker John Hart –… Continue

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 12:33pm

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At 2:33am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Michael , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological 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. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

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.
At 6:47am on August 31, 2008, Sandra Balzo said…
I'm keeping my fingers crossed about Hannah--it's taking a weird turn, isn't it? Yes, PLEASE stop when you come by!! Jerry and I will be gone (Boston) Sept. 23-29, but otherwise we're around until Bouchercon. Can't wait to see you both again!
At 4:55am on August 31, 2008, Sandra Balzo said…
Hey, Michael--great seeing you and Celine! Hope Gustav is kind to you.
At 10:28am on July 30, 2008, Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher said…
Great job on the blog, Michael! I can't wait for my own signings to start! You must have been busy lately - we don't hear much from you over on the Debut Authors forum...
At 11:29am on May 18, 2008, Michael Haskins said…
Michelle, No BEA. I am signing around S. Florida, then first weekend in June I am in NYC at the Mystery Bookstore, but my signings in the LA area were booked before I knew about ThrillerFest. Next year I should be wiser! I see from you website that you are in the SF area, so I guess we won't meet before. I leave the next day for Florida. Look forward to meeting you and getting your books signed.
At 8:27am on May 18, 2008, Michelle Gagnon said…

That sounds great, I'm really looking forward to it! I love sharing events, it's so much easier when there's someone else there to chat with. Will you be at BEA as well?
Talk soon-
At 2:37am on May 18, 2008, Richard Krauss said…
Hi Michael, thanks for the invite. I'll check out your website!
At 3:17am on May 14, 2008, Meredith Anthony said…
Hey, Michael. I have another short story in EQMM (July 2008 issue on stands now). Check it out. I'll look for your new book!
At 7:49pm on March 16, 2008, carole gill said…
Hi, how ya doing? Go for it. Hope it does great.
At 11:19am on March 16, 2008, JackBludis said…
Great set of writer choices. Sorry that I won't be near any of your signings, but I wish you luck.


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