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Somewhere in Mid-America
About Me:
I began writing mystery stories in the sixth grade, and made it a lifelong habit. I live in the foothills of the Ozarks with my husband and son, and have three published novels out.

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I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Elizabeth Peters, Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Joan Hess, among others, and a number of indie authors, such as Pauline Baird Jones and Katherine Smith. Always on the lookout for new ones, though.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Stargate: SG1, Atlantis, SGU
CSI (the original)
Doctor Who (old and new)
Any number of older crime series, now available on DVD

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Does anyone really edit anymore?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Apr 21, 2012.

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Coming in March 2010 from Mundania Press

[The] Patty O'Donnell stories together...make a thrilling epic. I could not stop between Rio Star and Reef Runner. Separate, they are exceptional stand-alone adventures. Pepper Smith's Patty O'Donnell series is high quality writing and emotionally charged. I'm guilty of breaking my long-standing rule - never read the last page no matter what...
~~Christine I. Speakman, FMAM Book Reviewer

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Mundania Press is running a Summer Sale

My publisher is running a 20% off sale until September 30, 2013. All print and ebooks are on sale. Just enter the code SUN in the discount box at checkout.


Mundania has a growing mystery list for you to check out. And if you've ever been curious about my Patty O'Donnell series, now's the time to pick it up at a discount!


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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 4:30am

And then, sometimes they really get it--New Review for Blood Money

This just popped up in my Google alerts today--

"Pepper Smith’s Blood Money has its eerie and haunting moments, startling moments and even some thrills, but it is most characterized by its vastly unpredictable plot.

Ms. Smith takes a chance and makes the offbeat work (a thief in the house for a week?) and even seem normal. Although this kicks off with a bit of a scary start, it moves into solving a puzzle; then tension mounts as it becomes a treasure hunt. A further… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Blood Money is now in print

Blood Money, the first novel in the Patty O'Donnell Mystery series, is now available from Mundania Press.

The back cover reads:…


Posted on March 23, 2010 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

Story up at Mysterical-E

The Fall 2009 issue of Mysterical-E is now up, and among the stories on offer is "Picture Imperfect", by yours truly. It weighs in at 20,000 words (about), so make sure you've got a moment if you head over to read it.

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments

New Contracts

I'm excited to announce that the three books in my Patty O'Donnell series have been acquired by Mundania Press. As currently scheduled, the first, Blood Money, is due out in April 2010, to be followed by Rio Star in October 2010, and Reef Runner in April 2011.

Sample chapters will probably be available at my website before long, but in the meantime you can get to know Patty through the free story posted on my website. Just go to… Continue

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 3:37am — 6 Comments

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At 7:58am on May 16, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…

Hi Pepper, Fabulous to connect with you.

I'm an Australian multi-genre writer with my crime novel, SAYONARA, being considered by a Publisher now.

Its based ona true story . Our Japanese ex-change student disappeared.

Love your covers. Good luck with your books :))

At 2:25pm on November 12, 2010, Mark Young said…
Thanks for the invitation, Pepper.
At 8:43pm on May 11, 2010, arlene hunt said…
Good day to you Ma'am, and wishing you much success with your Blood Money.
At 4:00am on September 28, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
i.m a new writer so
be kind
At 10:33am on May 10, 2009, Jean Henry Mead said…
Pepper, I'd like to interview you for my Mysterious People blog. Email me with your bio, web and blog sites to, if you're interested.

At 3:20am on February 12, 2009, B.R.Stateham said…
About author photos--that's just a casual observation on my part. And yes . . . there are always exceptions!!
At 11:16am on August 13, 2008, Tory Richards said…
Hey Pepper, I write for Whiskey Creek Press, too!
At 8:01am on August 7, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Pepper,
Thanks for becoming my friend--I'm always happy to find fellow mystery authors in online communities.
At 6:20am on August 6, 2008, Rhys Bowen said…
I'm so glad you enjoyed Her Royal Spyness, and I'm happy to be added to your list of friends on Crimespace.
At 5:05pm on July 24, 2008, Pauline Rowson said…
I will certainly let you know. Murder Mystery evenings seem to be growing in strength over here. I'm always looking for different (and legal) ways to promote my novels, and myself, of course, as an author brand. I did an eight hour book signing on a ferry crossing in conjunction with a bookshop in May, which was great fun, and as it is the National Year of Reading over here, supported by our Prime Minister, I was able to capitalise on this too. Seen the comments about e books. All my novels and business books are available in e books. I have a great UK publisher for them, but the majority of my sales are in the States, which I am certainly not complaining about, and the reviews for my novels from the States are very encouraging. They seem to be very popular with library readers over there. My business books are also available as audio books and soon all my novels will be, my e book publisher is also into this area, and again download sales particularly in the States are good. Not sure if Jean Henry Mead will read this comment, Pepper, but with print on demand she could bring her books back into print under her own imprint and make them available through her web site and contacts. Forgive me if I am already preaching to the converted or going over old ground but wondered if any of this might help. Bye for now Pauline.

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