Interview with Mystery Author Lonnie Cruse

Lonnie was one of the first published authors I met when I started writing seriously. We were both members of Sisters in Crime and she coordinated the critique groups. I was such a puppy then - so far as outlook, I had a few years on me otherwise. Anyway, Lonnie was a...

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Kathy Steffen, author interview

Kathy is one of my best and "real" friends--meaning we actually get together face-to-face and do fun things like lunch and whine. Her debut novel, First There is a River, came out this fall from Medallion Press and she agreed to stop by here and chat with us a bit....

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Turning points what they are and why we need them…

As a writer I think we "know" a lot of things, and probably do many instinctively (automatically following story structure because we have read so much, etc.), but that is different from really "getting" something. For some reason, I recently had an epiphany about...

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The most boring part of writing…and goals

Has to be editing. I don't mean revising where you figure out what is wrong and how to fix it--that can be fun. No, I mean taking someone else's comments--frequently just noting repeated words, or missed commas--and trolling through your manuscript to fix them....

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Willy Street Fair…

We had a very Madison day today. Madison is frequently called the Berkley of the Midwest if that gives you any clue what I'm talking about. (We didn't hand out flyers or stage a sit in, in case that is what you are thinking.) No, we went to the Willy Street Fair. The...

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Great Villains…

Have you all read or seen The Devil Wears Prada? I just finished the movie last night--well kind of, the disc was cracked and stopped RIGHT at the end (but that's another story). Anyway, how great was Miranda? I mean really--did you love her or hate her or both?...

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