The Party’s Over: ThrillerFest 2022

Folks are streaming out of New York and back to their home towns this bright Sunday morning. The maids work hard cleaning the rooms up and down the hall as I type, sequestered away from the world for one more day, waiting to see if these are allergy symptoms or a Covid infection coming on….

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Travel: when your love for something dies

After family, there are two things I absolutely love most in the world: travel, and San Francisco (and cask-strength single-malt whiskey). With this latest trip to New York City for the Thrillerfest conference, my love of travel is on life support. Or, maybe it’s dead and I just can’t admit it. I feel a sort…

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Observations by a Newbie Editor

I just finished reading nearly 100 short stories for an upcoming publication, the third crime-fiction anthology (charity fundraiser) for me as an editor. Writers agonize over editorial rejection, but editors do, too. Here are some things to keep in mind that may help you as a writer or an editor in your next round of…

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Review: Webinar with S. A. Cosby

Rock and a Hard Place Press sponsored a webinar with S A Cosby recently, and it was full of great information! If you get a chance to sit in on a panel, class, or webinar with Mr. Cosby, do it. Why? Because Cosby: Is more well read in and out of the genre than many…

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Why I Bailed on Bouchercon 2021

It felt like stabbing a friend. Like ghosting my own birthday party. So why did I bail on Bouchercon yesterday? There’s 100 reasons anyone does anything. 99 perfectly good ones, and the real reason. The 99 perfectly good ones are neatly encapsulated in any real news reporting: infection rates up (though they did start to…

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Crime Writers to the Front Lines, Please

Democracy is under attack, but we crime writers seem oddly silent. Sure, we’re tweeting, but at retail scale, does that ever move the needle? Remember when McCarthy & Cohn were trying to undermine democracy? How writers like Arthur Miller refused to name names? How Dashiell Hammett was blacklisted and went to jail rather than name…

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Why Does That Happen?

by Mysti Berry Originally published by The Short Mystery Fiction Society When I was a baby crime writer, literally following writers like Gigi Pandian, Juliet Blackwell, and Sophie Littlefield around, absorbing everything I could from them and from conferences and SinC or MWA meetings, I would often wonder “why does that even happen?” Things like:…

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Suspense vs. Thriller

I’m trying to sort out the difference between suspense and thriller before I appear on a Thriller panel at a mystery conference. You never understand something until you write about it, so here goes: Genre vs. Technique This is the first thing to sort out—are we talking about a literary technique that may show up…

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Bloody Scotland, I Miss You!

I’m not swearing, honest. It’s the name of the conference: Bloody Scotland. In Scotland, they sell more crime books than any other genre (even romance, which is the top seller in the United States). So it was my great honor to visit the Bloody Scotland conference in Stirling last September. They invited me to read as…

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