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I’m featured at Josh Lanyon’s blog today!

Josh Lanyon has a regular feature on her blog called Author! Author! Every month she interviews a different m/m mystery or romance writer – and this month I’m the lucky interviewee! You can read it here.

I’ve been neglecting Jamie and Pete for the past week or so, thanks to this unlovely lady:

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But my house is undamaged and the power is back. So it’s back to work for me!



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What I did on my spring break vacation

Ah, spring break. An entire week off. Do I travel? Do I stay home and putter? Decisions,IMG_0179 decisions…







This year, the decision was easy. I joined a meetup of the Fanyons at Catalina Island. For those of you who may not know, the Fanyons are a large group of fans of Josh Lanyon’s. It was a chance for me to meet several of my favorite authors, and to visit California. I’d never been.IMG_0126








I had a blast! Catalina is gorgeous. There was a lot of fog when we were there, but it was very atmospheric. I caught up with some people I already knew, and got to meet some I only knew through Facebook.

I was also fortunate to have a writing consultation with Nicole Kimberling, a superb gay mystery writer (The Bellingham Mysteries) and editor at Blind Eye Books. She had all sorts of suggestions for the books, about which you’ll hear more later.

IMG_0172If you’re looking for an exotic island vacation, I highly recommend Catalina. No passport necessary!


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Writing is weird sometimes…

Right now the next-to-final draft of Stoned to Death is getting fact-checked by a British archaeologist friend of mine, and the first draft of Talked to Death (produced during NaNoWriMo) is being read by a friend. While those things are happening, I’m writing the first draft of Avenged to Death, Jamie Brodie Mysteries #10.

Sometimes writing is a struggle. Stoned to Death was a good example of that. I knew what I wanted to make happen, but I had a real problem figuring out how to do that. With the help of my fiction writing group I think I figured it out, but it was a long slog.

Talked to Death was done quickly, but only because it was NaNo and I knew I had to get those 50K words on (electronic) paper. But it’s going to be a tricky one to finish, too. There are lots of moving parts and I’m not sure they’re moving in the right direction yet at all.

So, for me, sometimes writing is sort of a grind. The “grind” books are still fun, but it’s certainly more aggravating.

And then, sometimes, it’s not a grind at all.

Avenged to Death is pouring out of me. POURING. The concept for it didn’t even occur to me until four months ago, and it’s

Pouring, I tell you.

Pouring, I tell you.

been begging to be written ever since. When I’d finished the story on Talked to Death during NaNo and wasn’t at 50K yet, I started writing the scenes for Avenged that were hollering in my head to be let loose. Once NaNo was over I turned my attention to Avenged, and I’ve been writing, writing, writing ever since.

It’s a good thing that I’m on break for the holidays, because I have to WRITE. I’m at 33K words already and there are far more to come. It’s a complicated story too, but all the pieces are falling into place.

It’s a weird feeling, but I’m rolling with it.

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