Big Zoom Event & a New Misterio Author

With writers conferences, bookshop appearances, and the publishing industry grinding to a standstill the last few months, I feel very fortunate to have any events to announce. On July 3, at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), I will be reading with other Santa Cruz Women of...

10 Silver Linings to Sheltering in Place

I can’t say that there is a single positive to COVID-19, especially when I know people who have been quarantined and have lost loved ones. But the forced changes to our lives have not been all bad—at least not for me. These are some of the silver linings, listed in no...

Five Ways to Coax Me to Your Cozy

On my last post, I pointed out that my books are not cozies, and that I’m not particularly fond of cozies. Yet, I read a lot of them. My own series starts with a murder in the kitchen of a restaurant, so one might think I’d be drawn to culinary cozies. Nope. I created...

My Books Are Not Cozies

I’m not a fan of cozy mysteries. For those unfamiliar with the term, a cozy is a mystery with an amateur sleuth, no foul language, the sex and violence off the page. As my friend and cozy-mystery writer Mary Feliz puts it, “There’s a murder, but no one gets hurt.” In...

No Morocco, Just Insomnia

I’m supposed to be in Morocco now. My husband and I planned this big trip for months! But in early September, a stressful situation caused Danny to stop sleeping. By the time the situation was resolved a week later, he had developed a pattern of insomnia. He...

Killer Nashville and the Claymore Award

I wasn’t planning to attend another writing conference this year! I’ve already been to Left Coast Crime in March and the California Crime Writers Conference in June–one more conference than I usually budget in a year. But then this happened: The...