“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” Peter DeVries.
One of the best things about going to a conference is meeting smart, nice people who are experts in things you know nothing about. At Bouchercon, I met Doug Starr, author of The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science. I also met the Siren of Suspense, Chantelle Osman. Today, I’m on her blog, the Sirens of Suspense, talking about his book. And if you leave a comment at the Sirens blog (not here!), you’ll be entered to win a copy of Books, Crooks & Counselors.
I’ve been collecting quotes about writing as long as I’ve been writing, and plan to regularly share my favorites.
“Whenever I am asked what kind of writing is the most lucrative, I have to say, a ransom note.” –H.N. Swanson (literary agent)
Welcome! As a mystery writer and lawyer, I’ve been answering writers’ questions about using the law in their fiction for years, individually and in columns for the Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, and Mystery Writers of America-NW Chapter newsletters. Much of that information — and more — is now collected in my first book: Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books, 2011). I’ve also published short fiction in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, The Whitefish Review, and elsewhere. My cozy series, The Food Lovers Village Mysteries, will debut from Berkley Prime Crime in 2013.
On my blog, I’ll talk about new and old cases that illustrate legal issues of interest to fiction writers, references for writers, my last best reads, and more.
Thanks for joining me!