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Today is Guilty Pleasures Day: Stuff I can’t resist reading …

My favorite headlines from supermarket tabloids:

1) Famed Psychic’s Head Explodes
2) Baby Born with Wooden Leg
3) Talking House Cat Stuns Scientists
4) Titanic Survivor Found Clinging to Iceberg Read More 
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Working: Earning a living vs writing….

Did you ever figure out what you wanted to be when you grew up?

I never did. I knew I wanted to write, but it was clear that I wasn’t going to make a living that way. That left the professions, which required going to university, and that didn’t happen either. So I didn’t choose a career; I got a job.

The first one was at a car wash, and it was as thrilling and richly remunerated as you can imagine. Then there was a stint as a waiter. That was marginally better; at least I wasn’t in danger of being accidentally spray-waxed all day, but working nights and every weekend got old fast. Read More 
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Have you ever known someone who doesn’t read fiction? Not because they can’t read, but because they’re just not interested, or don’t have time.

When I run into someone who says they don’t read fiction, I have to fight the urge to try to convert them. I can feel the fervor rising in me as if I were an old-time street-corner preacher:

Brothers and sisters! Fiction expands your horizons, entertains you, fills idle or lonely moments, primes the pump of your creativity--hallelujah!--gives you an emotional experience you might never otherwise have. It makes you think and gives you a passion to share with others—it’ll heal you! Can I have an Amen!

Mostly though, I just smile and nod. Read More 
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Death of a Bride and Groom was released May 20 in digital and hard copy editions in the U.S. On June 10, it hits Canada, then the U.K. on June 19. Some folks have already received their copies and been kind enough to leave reviews on Amazon. My copies from the publisher are still making their way to me, but that’s okay—I already know whodunit. There are reviews on a couple of blogs:
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE (lengthy and entertaining) and Christa Reads and Writes (a great overview from another mystery writer).  Read More 
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Your screen is going all wavy and sound distorts around you. Not happening? Okay, pretend it is. We're back in early November, 2014, and the last few months have been busy. I went through a couple of rounds of editing on Death of a Bride and Groom, reviewed potential covers,  Read More 
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