March 2008 Blog Posts (176)

Interview on Snapshot 2008

Australian Crime Fiction Snapshot: Jackie Tritt

Interview by Karen

1. Your book The Burning was released first as an e-book, which, I think, is a bit unusual in Australian Crime Fiction. What made you go down that sort of path?

Well, The Burning is actually having a second life as an e-book. It was originally published at the end of 1998, as a 2-in-1 Whodunnit, by Australian Pocket Press within a very limited market. Now it has been reworked for American readers… Continue

Added by Jackie Tritt on March 17, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A nice review

When readers review my books I like to share the news. Today I'd like to introduce you to Ann Simon.

I met Ann at a writer's event last month in Washington DC. She was struggling to find chunks of time to write. I suggested that instead she commit to doing some writing every day. She later e-mailed me to confirm that not only was she able to find time to write two pages every day, but that she felt energized because she could see she was making progress.

She also made time… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on March 16, 2008 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Two great new Spring releases of note

Susan Fleet has just published her New Orleans-based mystery, Absolution. Check out her website for more information.

Christopher Rice, coincidentally a New Orleans native, just published his most recent crime fiction novel, Blind Fall. Check out his website for additional information.

Added by Mark Haile on March 16, 2008 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Louise Penny at The Poisoned Pen

Louise Penny at The Poisoned Pen

Last night, I went to see Louise Penny at The Poisoned Pen. Louise is just as kind as her character, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. She's warm and personable. Before the formal introduction, Louise went around to the audience, introduced herself, and spoke to each person. And, funny! She has a witty sense of humor, with no unkindness. The audience appreciated her warmth and style. With only one teen in the audience, Louise started by asking her age,… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on March 16, 2008 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

A blog by an author on police procedures and investigations!!

The Graveyard Shift
by Lee Lofland, author of Police Procedure and Investigation, A Guide For Writers

Check it out!

Added by Viansa Blake on March 16, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Still writing...

Whew! I've been busy! Presently, I'm working on three independent comic book series, some pitches for big companies and my crime novel from late last year. So, LOTS going on! :)

Added by Shannon Chenoweth on March 16, 2008 at 9:10am — No Comments

My absence

Sorry for the absence. Just haven't really had time to read anything crimeish lately - been focusing on porn and erotica for a book (or actually two; I have an anthology of vintage Finnish porn writing coming out).

I'm translating one of the most important debuts in American crime writing in Finnish, though. I'll be posting about this soon in every venue I can think of, but now it's still very much hush-hush.

As for films, I watched Plunder of the Sun by John Farrow from a… Continue

Added by Juri Nummelin on March 16, 2008 at 5:04am — 5 Comments

First time holding first book!

I recently received my author's copies of my book, Chasin' the Wind. Remember, this is my first published book and I cherished that first moment, when I pulled the book, dust jacket and all, from the box and gave it the once-over. There I was, on the inside flap, smiling back at me!

I also, did my first radio interview as a published writer that morning and, if you are interested, you can go to my website and listen to it - - I couldn't figure out how to link it to… Continue

Added by Michael Haskins on March 16, 2008 at 12:46am — 2 Comments


Yes, today I'm signing my novels at the Borders in Sterling, VA from 11 am to 3 pm. BUT, not to short-change my friends in Maryland, I'll spend tomorrow at The Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers. This will be a nice reunion, because the Hard Bean was one of the very first bookstores to welcome me for a signing. In addition to great books, you can also get a great cup of coffee if you stop in at 36 Market Space, Annapolis, MD. I'll be there signing from… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on March 15, 2008 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Any College Basketball Fans Out There?

I've created a group, Mysteryballers, on Yahoo Tournament Pick'em so that mystery writers and readers can compete in selecting the winners of the NCAA college basketball tournament, which will be starting next week. If you're interested in participating, go to yahoo and click on Tournament Pick'em (it may be under Sports). Chose Mysteryballers (our group ID# is 58439 and the password is Sherlock). The brackets will not be available to be filled out until Sunday, when the teams are officially… Continue

Added by Naomi Hirahara on March 15, 2008 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Dispatches From A Criminal Mind - Message From The Inner Station

To All Crime Space Members:

I am offering chances to win free signed copies of my books in monthly draws I run exclusively for members of my newsletter.

Exclusive to all crimespace friends who join by the end of March - a chance to win a free copy of my latest paperback, A PERFECT GRAVE .

To be eligible.

1. Go to and subscribe to my newsletter.

2. To validate your entry you must send me an email with "CRIME… Continue

Added by Rick Mofina on March 14, 2008 at 9:46pm — 1 Comment

Writers We Admire

I just joined goodreads, a forum for readers that is pretty cool. As such sites do, they asked me to list some authors who inspire me. That list is too long to cover, but I thought I'd blog today on the reasons for the inspiration that some authors have provided me.

I always start with Shakespeare, not because I'm trying to be cool, but because over thirty years in education I found that no one answers all the demands of writing any better than he did. To get inside a character's… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on March 14, 2008 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Shameless Self Promotion

I don't do this very often but, okay, here it is. My publisher is having a contest among us authors. The winner will be whoever sells the most on between now and the end of March. SO if you're the holdout who hasn't ordered their copy of Blood and Bone yet, now's the time.

In BLOOD AND BONE, an 18 year-old boy lies dying of… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on March 14, 2008 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Book Party

Just had my first-ever book party! What a blast! 30-40 friends & colleagues from different walks of life laughing and sharing experiences. Sweet. Got signings coming up too! This getting published thing is pretty neat.

Added by John Boundy on March 14, 2008 at 11:31am — No Comments


Yesterday I wrote about characters, and today I promised dialogue help. I've counseled before in this blog about reading aloud, and I still think it's the best way to tell if your dialogue is good. You should "hear" your characters speaking in your mind, and each voice should be unique and compelling.

A character has to have a pattern, sound, and syntax that rings true to his or her social station. Shakespeare is a great example (but when is he not?). Look at the difference in… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on March 13, 2008 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

Before You Go...

For those that don’t know me, and those that are getting to know me, my family is the one thing in my life that means everything. Of course, my wife and kids are precious, but my extended family is the source of who I am and how I look at life in general. My Uncle Bob, my Dad’s brother, recently sent me an Email and link I would like to share with everyone. As a "day job", I am a physical therapist in a nursing home. I am honored and priveleged everyday to work with some of the finest… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on March 13, 2008 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Short story coming soon

I have not let moss grow under my feet since my acceptance for publication at Enspiren Press. Although having Avenging Angel accepted has meant as much to me as the birth of my children (so you know it means a TON), I know that I must continue to evolve and grow and feed the hunger of the masses of fans that I am accumulating.

So I am proud to announce the soon-to-be released short story, THE MASK, will be out in the Spring issue of Mouthfull of… Continue

Added by Kim Smith on March 13, 2008 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Kathryn Lilley's interview with Dallas Book Diva! (DYING TO BE THIN)

I had a fun interview this week with Cheryl Nason of Dallas Book Diva. You can listen to it at

She's a great interviewer -- it was so much fun!

Added by Kathryn Lilley on March 13, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Anita Blake is back!

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I don't know about you guys, but I am looking forward to Laurell K. Hamilton's 16th installment in her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series! This one is focused on Jason, the cute, sexy and sassy werewolf! Can a guy be sassy? Hmmm.... How about, wiseguy? Yeah, that works better.… Continue

Added by Viansa Blake on March 13, 2008 at 10:59am — No Comments

SleuthFest reviewed

(I did post a photo and it is supposed to be here! To see it, go to

Celine and I left Key West at 5 a.m. on Feb. 29, and arrived at the Deerfield Beach Hilton at 9:30 a.m. I missed the 9 a.m. panel, but got there in time for “The Devil Made Me Do It” panel, with Bob Morris, Don Bruns, and Philip Cioffari. The panel discussed the whys of evil doings in their characters. Or why sometimes good characters have… Continue

Added by Michael Haskins on March 13, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

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