Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales: Volume 3

My creepy short story about wilderness hitchhiking is out now in Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales Volume 3. It’s available to purchase directly from North Country books, Adirondack bookstores and gift shops,  Amazon, and other online retailers, as are Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales volumes 1 & 2.

Read more about the writing of this short story here.




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Characterization at Ithaca Spring Writes Literary Festival 2018








Despite the snow on Sunday, Spring is coming which means it’s time for  Ithaca’s Spring Writes Literary Festival, May 3-6.

This year Strictly Genre: Ithaca Fiction Critique Group‘s panel is on characterization and I’ll be one of the panelists:

Sunday, May 6, 12:30 – 1:30pm @ Community School of Music and Arts, Lower Level
Panel: Beyond the Page: Creating Characters with Lives of Their Own
Members of the Strictly Genre critique group will hold a panel discussion on the art of characterization. Come learn how we create rich, well-rounded characters in a variety of genres including Science Fiction and Fantasy, Romance, and Historical Crime. We will explore ways to look beyond physical description to create compelling characters with believable motivations using writing techniques such as showing characterization through dialogue, using backstory to inform a character’s motivations, revealing a character’s inner thoughts through their body language, and more.  Panelists will include Jackie Swift (moderator), SF/Fantasy writer; Gigi Vernon; Historical Crime writer; Doreen Alsen: Romance writer; and E.C. Barrett: SF/Fantasy writer.

If last year’s panel is anything to go by, the conversation should be insightful and stimulating. Hope to see you there!

For a full schedule of 2018 festival events, check out:

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Bouchercon 2017, eh?




Bouchercon is an international mystery convention, the largest in the world, typically held in North America. Fittingly, Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder was held in Toronto, a very international, very lovely city.

I had a great time catching up with long-time mystery friends and making new ones during the conference.

One of the highlights of the conference was a one-day workshop organized by Sisters in Crime– SinC Into Great Writing IX! Learn How to Give Your Novels Structure by Alexandra Sokoloff. We learned screenwriting techniques that can be applied to fiction writing. Alex finished with an excellent and very instructive commentary on the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

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