December 8, 2012

It Made the Grade…

…for one reviewer at least. Making the Grade, my police procedural starring a female protagonist, earned a very positive review recently by an Australian book reviewer. Here’s what he wrote: “Ever wondered what it is like to be a rooky police detective? What if you were the first woman detective on staff? What if your first case was a no breaks murder by a bona fide psychopath? Shannon Lynch is on her first day of duty as a detective and she immediately feels that her new workmates don’t really trust her and wont until she proves herself. She knows this is a serious job and she is determined to meet the standards. Her new boss, Lieutenant Keller, says he at […]
December 2, 2012

Where is The Last Stop on Desolation Ridge?

Identify the location of the photo posted on the Last Stop on Desolation Ridge page on my website and win a free autographed copy when the book is released. Hint: The location, which is the inspiration for the title of my third novel, is in the Adirondack Park. Last Stop on Desolation Ridge takes place in the Adirondacks and in my home town of Gloversville, New York. Like The Expendable Man and Making the Grade, Last Stop is a page-turner. The Last Stop on Desolation Ridge –– a suspense thriller — is in the final editing stage.  Watch for its release around the first of the year.  
September 25, 2012

Geraldine Brooks stars at National Book Festival

I was fortunate to be in the audience at the fiction tent at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Saturday Sept. 22 to hear Geraldine Brooks talk about Caleb’s Crossing and her writing career. Brooks is becoming, if she hasn’t already become, one of the literary stars of the 21st century. I empathize with Brooks having begun her writing career at the bottom of the newspaper ladder covering racing in her native Australia. It reminded me of my start on the Oberlin Review producing the entire sports page by interviewing the coaches after their events. I learned to write varied prose, lay out the page, fit headlines into the allocated space and even proof-read upside down and backwards, which […]