It's already New Year's Eve in Australia, so I guess it is legal on this site to start tolling the bell. This year has rocketed by, making the previous 57 look like days on the beach, and hopefully 2008 will be even more eventful, although I really don't see how. Jan, 2007, I signed a contract for my first book. April, 2007, said book was published by a substandard small press, poorly and with almost nonexistent distribution BUT I sold the book in the Sisters in Crime Booth at the Los…Continue
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I dont know how others do it but by sticking with already established favorite authors and mixing in new ones(not to mention the odd blind grab) I had a successful reading year. In actuality
there were about 25 books or so that I read and really liked and what follows
is my unranked top 15.
YA - 1
Comic - 1…
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Author, Editor, Book Reviewer
6 January 2008
To all my Readers,…Continue
As I mentioned earlier, I'm going to have a Saturday Spotlight for authors I've come to know and whose work I've come to enjoy along my recent journey as a newly published author.
Thanks to the Internet and assorted Yahoo groups, I feel like I've come to know Jenyfer pretty well in the last year even though she's an American currently living in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two children. In addition to being a mother, domestic goddess, and author, she also quilts and drinks a lot…Continue
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My writer’s year kicked off Friday with an early morning book signing at the Borders store in Baltimore Washington International Airport. I must admit I was surprised that anyone was conscious at 6 am, but in fact for those three hours several people came up to talk, and to buy my…Continue
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The Crimes of Dr. Watson is an engaging and ultimately fun book to read.
When you see this book for the first time, you just want to admire it. This is a gorgeous book that has to be one of the best looking books…
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Hie theeself over to INSPIRED AUTHOR (http://www.inspiredauthor.com) to see my modern take on S S Van Dines' "Twenty Rules for Detective Fiction".
You might even want to add your own!
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Crimespace is the find of the year for me so far. I have tried many of the social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, and even Bebo, but have failed to target an audience of readers and writers of crime fiction as succinctly as Crimespace. For an author or reader of crime fiction its like finding this huge wealth of talent collected with a singular interest. As a relatively new…Continue
I posted this list to the Rara-Avis e-mail list earlier today and thought I should repost it here:
The strongest novel I read during the last year was Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND from 1954 that was translated in Finnish for the first time. It's hardboiled and it's noir and I really think everyone on this list should read it, even though it's also science fiction and horror. Forget the films.
Other noirish and hardboiledish novels I enjoyed during…
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Yesterday I wrote about computers and how they make writing easier for everyone. At the same time, putting fingers to keyboard or pen to paper is never easy: it's hard to actually begin that novel, sustain that novel, and finish that novel.
When people hear I'm an author, they often say, "I've always wanted to write a book." Some have one started; some just have an idea. But somehow it never gets going. What is it that makes some people want, even need, to finish a project while…Continue
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Starting off the New Year right!
The Infinite Writer ezine (www.mysite.verizon.net/resockeb/e-zine) has selected my suspense novel CROSSHAIRS as it's Book of the Year! My thanks go out to Dahris Clair and the e-zine judges. The competition was impressive so I am very grateful for this honor. I am also grateful for the following comments that went with the award:
"Russ Heitz employs a…Continue
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One of the Sisters In Crime lists I'm on spent the past week or so discussing one-word resolutions. There were some great ones: accept, persevere, achieve, finish, push, read. The list goes on.
I didn't post mine because I wasn't sure I could limit myself to one word. But the more I think about it, the more I think my resolution
for 2008 will be to write. To write in this blog (and on my actual web site) once a week. To write in my personal blog and myspace account
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As I get older, I give a lot of thought to making promises...especially to myself. Those are the ones I tend to keep the least, rationalizing that there's always time to restart a project, get better in the fitness department, read more, write more, travel more, and on and on. While the rationalizing assuages my conscience for a time, the blunt bare truth is I get caught up in everyone else's promises and put my own so far back on the stove that most of them boil dry. No more.
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Lots of us have given up making New Years' Resolutions. Not all of us, to be sure, given how crowded the gym tends to be at the New Year. I've been known to make resolutions--get rich, get famous, win the lottery etc.-- but I never followed through. In recent years the only one I really met was the "Fine Human Being" initiative. I vowed that at the end of every day, I would designate one person with whom I'd had contact that day--positive or…Continue
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