Category Archives: Blog

Iceland Noir 2018

Iceland Noir began in 2013, founded by Icelandic writers Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson. The team today includes Óskar Guðmundsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Kristjan Atli Ragnarsson and probably many more that I didn’t have a chance to meet.  If you haven’t heard of these authors, you’re missing out, so be sure to check out their… Continue Reading

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Bonatti

Ten things we don’t know about Julia Bonatti?  Well, let me think.  As the author of the Zodiac Mysteries, I’m not sure there’s anything my protagonist Julia hasn’t already revealed.  I’ve tried to make her fairly open and honest about who she is and what motivates her.  But maybe I can go further . . . Let’s see . . .… Continue Reading

My Interview at Mythical Books

What are the ingredients of a good mystery? And what is their perfect proportion? There are many ingredients to a good mystery, but in my opinion the one super important element is plot.  Plot is structure and that’s the thing that everything else hangs on – character, settings, descriptions, emotions – everything.  It’s like building… Continue Reading

Interview with Fran Lewis

Release day for Tail of the Dragon was August 8, 2018 and I was thrilled to be interviewed by Fran Lewis at Blog Talk Radio.  It was early in the morning for me, but armed with a cup of coffee, I managed to muddle through.  We chatted about the Zodiac Mysteries, mysteries and thrillers of… Continue Reading

Ever Considered Murder?

Well, don’t tell a soul, but I have.  That’s how the first inklings of Tail of the Dragon sprouted in my brain. That’s when I first considered murdering a lawyer or . . . lawyers.  Whaat, you say?  A lawyer?  Why?  Well, a long time ago, I worked for a lawyer who was loud, abusive,… Continue Reading

Doin’ the Time Warp

Remember Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show singing that song?  He, in his wig, bustier and boots, is the image that comes to mind when I think about TIME — that annoying dimension that trips me up and causes me to tear out my hair.  Most of all when I’m writing! I personally… Continue Reading

Newhall Library Mystery Author Event

Thanks to the wonderful Jane Beebe, this dinner and mystery author panel was a fabulous event!  I was in great company with Ellison Cooper, Paddy Hirsch, Paul D. Marks and Patricia Smiley, and last but certainly not least, our moderator Carlene O’Neil.  My only concern was navigating the fire I spotted from the freeway, but all… Continue Reading