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Spring 2019 Calendar

  • February 25, 2019

Getting to meet wonderful book people is one of my favorite things about this gig, and I’m so excited to have so many opportunities to do that coming up this spring (side note: Did everyone else know it was almost spring? Where the heck did winter go?).   March 9, 2019 Mysterypalooza 2-4 p.m. Libbie Mill Library 2100 Libbie Lake E. […]

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Characters Make the Pages Turn

  • February 21, 2019

Hearing from readers is one of my favorite things about this gig, and my very favorite thing to hear is that they love my characters. A quick email telling me you adore Nichelle or were rooting for Faith will make my day brighter guaranteed, because as a reader, the characters are always paramount—give me a […]

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My Worst Case of Writer’s Block

  • February 19, 2019

Most of the time, I love what I do so much when people say writing is my job, I laugh right out loud. It’s not a job, it’s a passion, a part of who I am, a thing where I find joy and pride and understanding, and my escape when my real world is off-kilter.  Every […]

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Writing Texas

  • February 15, 2019

“Texas. It’s like a whole other country.”  It’s the slogan from a state tourism ad campaign that aired in the early 90s, and I heard it so much growing up it became part of everyday vernacular.  But the thing is, in a lot of ways, the tourism folks hit the nail on the lone star head. I […]

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Writing Where I Live

  • February 11, 2019

I love Richmond.  Sure, the Texas girl in me still gets a little choked up at the sight of an old gray barn across a sea of bluebonnets, but Virginia has become home for my family in the last thirteen years.  Folks have asked me why I “decided” to set my Nichelle Clarke series here, and I’m […]

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Truth is stranger…

  • February 8, 2019

Truth is stranger than fiction. I’m sure y’all have all heard the saying, but I can add a bit of twist: truth is especially strange when it mirrors fiction. Before the fiction even goes on sale.  Last week on Facebook, I revealed the fabulous cover for the new Nichelle Clarke novel, DEADLY POLITICS. A few readers […]

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My Best Reads of 2018 (Final)

  • February 5, 2019

My third selection for Best Reads of 2018 is:   November Road, by Lou Berney  Y’all, this book. Maybe the best thing I’ve read in years, and while I know some of that is attributable to my borderline obsession with the Kennedy assassination, the book isn’t really about JFK or that day, those things are just part of […]

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My Best Reads of 2018 (Continued)

  • February 4, 2019

The next selection for My Best Reads of 2018 is:   Trust Me, by Hank Phillipi Ryan  Full disclosure, Hank is sort of my personal hero, a tough investigative reporter who writes wonderful novels and is almost superhumanly kind and helpful to the rest of the writing community. All that said, I would love this book even if […]

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My Best Reads of 2018

  • February 3, 2019

Every writer I know is a reader at heart. We all grew up devouring great books, and then some switch tripped in our brains and made us want to create our own. I’m always fascinated by what other folks are reading, too—every flight or train ride, I catch myself looking at the covers of the […]

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From rabbit trails to an intricate web: keeping writing fun

  • January 30, 2019

A hot mess.   That’s how I would describe my rough drafts, and I’m probably being kind to myself there. Way back when Nichelle first popped into my head locked in that car trunk and proceeded to pester me to write her story, I tried to make an outline. It did not go well.   It’s been a minute, […]

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