Welcome to Law and Fiction

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!