Recently I finished the the first draft of The Culinary Art of Murder, Book 6 of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries. Although I’ve been working on it for months, day in day out, writing, rewriting, I call it the first draft because at long last, the novel has a beginning, a middle and an end. Yes, I tend to write by the seat of my pants – thus called a panster – but what happened several days ago was a first, even for me. I discovered I had no ending.
I start a new book when… Read more
No, not as a stalker but as a fellow author, and I am still jazzed about it. As part of Mystery Writers of America, I was one of eight authors doing a reading for Noir at the Bar for the Bay Area Book Festival on June 3rd. The other authors were (reading from right to left): moderator Tony Broadbent (standing), Bill Moody, Mysti Berry, Nick Mamatas, Walter Mosley, yours truly, Hans Olav Lahlum, Randall S. Brandt and Laurie R. King. Hope some of the surrounding talent rubbed … Read more
My husband and I do a lot of cruises. In fact, we recently got back from a cruise to Alaska which showed that state to be wondrous in many ways. Just look at Mendenhall glacier. Oh yes, and Victoria BC’s Butchart Gardens, built in an abandoned quarry. It’s incredible! Flowers, plants, trees, and waterfalls that inspire more wonderment.
But first, to write! As we sailed from San Francisco, I knew I had 2 and 1/2 days of watery nothingness ahead of me before we got to the … Read more
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Yippee! The long awaited – at least, by me – audiobook of Murder is a Family Business is now out! And if you choose the free Audible trial, you get the audio version of my award-winning book FREE, narrated by the talented Marci Himelson!
Hi, everyone. I’m excited about the new Lee Alvarez Mysteries, beginning with Honeymoons Can Be Murder, a Novelette, Book One. This new, shorter spin-off series of The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries was a lot of fun to write. And I’m hearing readers are enjoying it, too. I’m so glad, because I plan to write more! Below is the blurb.
Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Novelette.
When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead… Read more
So long, Ringling Brothers. You were a large part of my life from since I can remember. I even used the every day life of the circus, fueled by stories told me by my mother, as the subject for a standalone mystery noir, Death of a Clown. But more on that later.
Judy Garland used to sing the song, “I Was Born In A Trunk At The Princess Theater.” I often sing “I Was Born ON A Trunk At Ringling Brothers Circus.” That’s because my parents met and married at Ringling Brothers during… Read more
Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and how real are your characters to you?
This is the latest subject of Robin Round Blog. And it’s a doozy. Because when I write, I not only become the characters, I become every living thing. And not so living. Like a car. I don’t know how much I actually relate to the 1957 Chevy convertible owned by protagonist, Lee Alvarez (see left). But I do know if I hurt its fender, I will feel its pain.
I pound on the keyboard… Read more
The idea of writing a novel can test the mettle of the best of us. I don’t care if it’s your first or your eleventh time out (like me, right now). It can be one overwhelming, oh-m’gawd-am-I-really-doing-this? Maybe it’s the blank screen of a computer. Even if you write in long hand, it’s still the blankness of a page staring at you. Just defying you to write something down on it. Note Matt Haig’s solution to the right.
As for me, I write murder… Read more