Death of a Motherboard

My plans to post to my blog once or twice a week came to a quick and abrupt halt soon after my previous post. My computer went into rebellious mode. Freezing and unresponsive. No amount of rebooting and virus checks made it functional again. I took it to the doctor, where it was pronounced dead on arrival. It sounds like a quick diagnosis and demise, but it actually took a week. Then another week to find a replacement computer. Even though all my documents were saved on an external hard drive, working on borrowed computers was a frustrating situation. And, of course, proofs on two books came during this time. The children’s book on the ancient city of Babylon needed some rewriting to make it flow better. The other edits to look at were for my novel. Although there was less to actually do to the novel, it was the much harder job, borrowed computer or not.

I kept finding things I wanted to change or add. At times I found myself wanting to rewrite the whole damn book. Did I include enough back story? Too much? Could the characterizations have been done better? Too much dialogue? Interior monologue? Should the plot have been more intricate? More red herrings? This is a book I’ve been working on (off and on) for fifteen years. As a person who can find fault with anything, I finally had to let the urge to recreate A Class on Murder go and trust my editors. Continue reading

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What I Learned at Bouchercon

I just returned from my first Boucheron. Boucheron is the Mystery Writers of America annual conference, named for mystery reviewer/critic Anthony Boucher. With my first suspense novel coming out in June, the time seemed right to see what other mystery writers had to say.

Normally I come out of writers conferences feeling energized. This one was different. I was exhausted! Perhaps it is as Laura Lippman said in one of the sessions–Boucheron is so huge with so many people and books that it can be overwhelming, particularly for a newbie. Continue reading

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What’s Going On…

Recently finished editing my mystery, A Class on Murder, with my very nice editor, Alice Duncan ( She and the people at Tekno have made the process very easy. When the cover art is ready, I’ll post it here.

What’s A Class on Murder about? I’m so glad you asked!

Ronnie Raven. She’s smart, she’s funny, and she might be next on a killer’s list! As the half-Cherokee, half-Irish daughter of a noted Native American artist, Ronnie Raven grew up learning to speak her mind. After years of trying to find her place in the world, she’s settled in as a Behavioral Psychology Professor at her Oklahoma alma mater, Pursley University. When Ronnie’s not rebelling against dress codes or the expectations of her department head, she enjoys teaching. That is, until she returns from a disastrous spring break to stumble across the body of a very dead colleague. Although framed to look like a suicide, it doesn’t take the police long to figure out that Weldon Crutchfield was murdered!

No one cared for Crutchfield, least of all Ronnie. But since when is that grounds for murder? When a detective investigating the crime wants to pin the crime on her, Ronnie becomes a rebel with a cause as she tries to learned who killed Crutchfield before facing murder charges. Ronnie discovers that many people had a reason to kill the professor. Was it the department head that Crutchfield was blackmailing? A student Crutchfield was sexually harassing? The flunking football player? Or a colleague who wants to take Crutchfield’s place in the University hierarchy?

Can Ronnie Raven figure out who the killer is—with the help of her drama professor best friend and a campus cop who just might be a new romantic interest—before she becomes the next victim?

Look for A Class on Murder in June 2012! 

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