The Best Way to Bring In The New Year

If you have the pleasure of following S.J. Rozan on Facebook or Instagram, and doing so because you have read any number of her brilliant books, you know she is a photographer with a fantastic eye.    I’ve been a photographer all my life. After writing, photography is my second love, except on bad writing days when it’s my first love. (On really bad writing days, it’s my first and second loves.) A number of years ago, I started making calendars. Sometimes they have themes: accordions (I love them, too) or flowers, etc. My 2019 calendar has no theme, just a group of photos — all but one taken in NYC — that...

Crime Beat Dec12

Crime Beat

  The mystery community is infested with drummers.   I thought I had a unique angle. I thought that being a rock drummer who published crime fiction would set me apart from the crowd. I was very wrong. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a crime-writing musician these days. Ian Rankin fronts an Indie rock band called Best Picture. Lee Child recently teamed up with the songwriting duo Naked Blue to co-write a Jack Reacher-inspired album. There’s even a crime fiction super group in the U.K. called the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug...

The one about Bill Maher by Ruth Jordan Nov18

The one about Bill Maher by Ruth Jordan

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “The assumption everyone had back [when I was a kid], both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.” You, Sir are a part of the problem not a part of the solution. Adult Americans who read comic books? 92% of us are better educated than 3/4 of the population.  “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country...

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS? Aug27

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS?

This year’s Bouchercon is fast approaching and St. Petersburg, Florida, will become the center of the worldwide mystery community. This year, Kate and I are attending, but not just as fans. In addition to Kate cementing her status as World’s Greatest Moderator (she’s seriously legit, you guys), we have been nominated for the BEST ANTHOLOGY Anthony Award as editors of the KILLING MALMON anthology. It’s something of a cliché to say that it’s an honor to just be nominated, but in this case, it’s one hundred percent true. The anthology was put together as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our contributors turned in...

The time I almost, sorta, really did meet Anthony ...

This story is about a New York minute. I know it’s a real story and not my imagination because many friends have recalled the night in question in their memories of the man. Scene: Partners in Crime Dateline: April, 2008 Event: a celebration of Mystery during Edgar Week It was hot, I remember. I also remember being downright giddy and why not? Jon and I had followed the Edgar’s like most people follow the Oscars since the year we were married. We were in New York. We were going! Friends were nominated! Friends were all around us. Among the attendees was a gentleman, a very tall gentleman, who made it his mission to assure that...

Writing Our Way To Where We Belong

“Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth.” – Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook When my brother-in-law was young, his dad went through a period of frustration over a household item that was routinely misplaced. They had an old hamper for their laundry to go in and it had a removable lid. Mr. Edwards would come home from work to find that the hamper’s lid had been left lying on the floor. This...