Peg Herring's Blog – March 2011 Archive (7)

Reading Something Else

Several days a week, I read to someone who can no longer read for herself. Like most tasks that serve others, my reading to her serves me as much as it helps her. It's not just the good feeling I get from helping to brighten her day. I'm getting smarter.

As readers, we sometimes get stuck in a rut. I used to read everything, from biography to philosophy to classics to P.I. novels. In the last few years, I had pretty much dropped everything but mystery, the type of books I most enjoy.…


Added by Peg Herring on March 28, 2011 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Guest Blogger Chris Redding

Today my guest is Chris Redding, author of INCENDIARY. Thanks for giving us a peek at your book, Chris! It sounds hot! (Oh, I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist!)…


Added by Peg Herring on March 24, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Writing Like a Monk

Fellow author Laura Alden and I hosted a retreat for writers last weekend. We took over a small inn in northern Lower Michigan. We sent each writer who arrived to a quiet place for hours at a time with the demand that they "Just write!"

Everyone who attended was pleased with the amount of work accomplished. It's amazing what a person can get done when no phone rings, no laundry buzzer sounds, no spouse pounds in the basement, and no kids interrupt to ask what's for…


Added by Peg Herring on March 21, 2011 at 8:49pm — 2 Comments

What Novel Can Compete with "Reality"?

Mystery writers get together, and they talk. They discuss how hard it is to keep their books "real": correct police procedures, well-drawn protagonists, and non-stereotypical antagonists. We sweat, toil, and reread a thousand times to be sure the mystery makes sense, the ending adds up, and the world is set right at the end.

Then comes reality. People who should get no attention at all are splashed all over the media as if the lives they are leading make sense. I won't say the names…


Added by Peg Herring on March 14, 2011 at 9:59pm — 4 Comments

Guest Blogger Lois Winston

Today I welcome Lois Winston, author of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. I've certainly HURT myself with a glue gun, but "deadly"? That's her title, and here's her story.


By Lois…


Added by Peg Herring on March 8, 2011 at 2:43am — No Comments

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

In my dreams, a week dances tantalizingly just over the horizon. This week is filled with nothing. No appointments, no road trips, no phone calls. In my dream, I work at one of my three computers (the sitting down at the desk one, the standing up when my back is tired one, and the go-anywhere laptop one) all day, every day, and at the end of the…

Added by Peg Herring on March 7, 2011 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Crawling Home

Yesterday marked the end of Peg's Blog Crawl, a February-long tour of 21 blog sites with 17 different hosts.

What I learned: it's a lot of work.

What it means: hopefully, that some new people know my name and are interested in  THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY.

Now here's the shocker: the book's release has been delayed until April 1 of this year.

I know, I know. Most of the people who read my…

Added by Peg Herring on March 1, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

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