Sisters in Crime September Blog Hop

Sisters in Crime has asked the question about why write mysteries. I’ve decided to give it a shot.

First off, I have to admit that I haven’t finished my ‘Ed O’Malley’ novel, tentatively titled, “The Bombing of the LaMarque¬†Boutique,” although there are two ‘Ed O’Malley’ short story mysteries on this site; “WebCam” and “The Black Leather Jacket.” There are several other stories here as well, most have twists, if you will. I grew up with O’Henry and Saki, both masters of the twist, and no, not the dance. ūüėČ

So…let’s answer a few questions.

1. Which authors have inspired me? Arthur Conan Doyle, Poe, John Sandford, Lee Child, JD Robb, David Baldacci, Kerry Greenwood and Agatha Christie among others. I’ve read all of their books and short stories and hopefully gleaned a bit from them.

2. What’s the best part about writing, and the most challenging? The best part of the process is asking a ‘what if’ question, then creating characters and seeing where they take me. The most challenging? Keeping up with the characters and what to do about the inevitable wall. The easiest answer is to just walk away. Work on something else. It works because I know whatever I stuck on will vanish given enough time. I can NOT force the words to come.

3. Do I listen to music while I write? Absolutely. Any and everything from Alison Krauss to Mozart, to Los Lonely Boys to Nora Jones, Ottmar Leibert to Marshall Tucker. Lots of jazz, of course. Pandora is an absolute must as far as I’m concerned and worth the annual fee. No commercials and NO JUSTIN BIEBER.

4. What books are my nightstand right now? None. I use my iPhone almost exclusively. Right now I’ve just downloaded the newest JD Robb, Festive in Death and I’m working my way through Kerry Greenwood’s Phrynee Fischer Mysteries. And, of course, awaiting the newest “Mina” book from Maria Grazia Swan.

I appreciate the heads up about this Sisters in Crime September Blog Hop from Lala Corriere at:

Please take a look at these very good blogs for more interesting comments and ideas about mysteries:

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Two New Books are in the Kindle Store

The Witches of Aba Nam, Book 2: Arena and the Scepter of the Nile are now available on! Here’s the link to Arena:¬† ¬†and here’s the link to the Scepter of the Nile:¬†

At present I’m working on the third book in the Witches of Aba Nam series, and have completed the second and third books in the Scepter of the Nile series. Those two are in first draft and I’ll be¬†cleaning them up soon. Look for all three by the end of summer.

Great Reviews!

Not that I like to brag, but I now have five star reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for the Witches of Aba Nam, Book 1: The Orb! This is a fantastic way to start the day, as I found out this morning. Many thanks to my reviewers for their kind and wonderful comments. Book 2: Arena, is in final stages of editing. When I get it back, I’ll make whatever changes are necessary and get it out. Book 3: The Return is in the works.

My Scepter of the Nile series is coming along nicely. The first book, The Scepter, is being edited and the cover’s close to completion. At the moment I’m about halfway through the second book, The Ankh, with the third, The Flail, still in planning.

The Witches of Aba Nam, Book 1: The Orb Update

Book 1 of my Witches of Aba Nam series has gone international! Book 2 in the series is about done being edited and I’m still working on Book 3. Update on the Scepter of the Nile. Book 1 is being edited I’m working on Book 2 in that series as well. 2014 is going to be a hell of a year I think for getting my writing out there. Thanks for the support I’ve gotten so far. It is GREATLY appreciated!

Interview with Mayor Alana Reardon

I found this ‘side character’ intriguing, as it were, when I read the first two books in the “Flowering” series¬† by Sarah Daltry. ( With Sarah‚Äôs permission, I wrote the ‚ÄúInterview With Mayor Alana Reardon,‚Ä̬†which is my take on where she ends up later in life. I‚Äôve taken some pretty broad liberties with this character and tried not to go too far afield from where Sarah sees her. Alana has her own upcoming novel from Sara Daltry. Look for it.

Interview With Mayor Alana Reardon