This Date In Crime: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS

On this Date, in 1990, Norton published DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley. The novel introduced the world to Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a WW II vet turned PI. In the early books, Rawlins was simply looking to pay his mortgage. As the series went on, Mosley brought Rawlins  from post-WW II L.A to the Red Scare and eventually to the revolutionary movement in the late 60s. The novel was well-received and won the Shamus Award (Presented by the Private Eye Writers of America) for Best First Novel. But it was not until then presidential candidate Bill Clinton declared Mosley one of his favorite authors. In 1995, Oscar-winner Denzil...

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart May21

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart

My workspace. Love being able to look out either of my windows and see the trees, very inspiring and calming. Another shot of my desk and chair.   The wall behind where I sit has this awesome cloth tapestry of the desert and a stormy sky. I love storms, so whenever I get stuck on a particular scene I’ll just spin around and get lost in the picture. Below it is my futon in case the writing wears me out too much and I have to take a nap. The door to my office and two prints of my very favorite monsters. The view outside my window. As soon as summer hits the leaves completely enclose our yard and it’s like a small sanctuary....

Behind The Book: Janet Kole

A few years ago, I discovered that I don’t like practicing law any more. I used to love my work and my clients. But the days are gone when providing legal advice is a service. Now, it is a business, and a cutthroat one at that. In order to do something about my dissatisfaction, I transformed myself into a full-time writer. I retired from my mid-size law firm, and decided to write and sell books. I’ve never regretted my decision for a minute. After 30 years of practicing law, mostly in big firms, I became a stay at home writer. I write humorous but serious guides for young lawyers. I also just published my second novel, the first in what...

Author Work Space: Leigh Russell Apr30

Author Work Space: Leigh Russell

Before I transferred to writing on an ipad, I completed most of my work sitting at my desk. Using an iPad has allowed me to be very flexible about where I write. Like most authors, I am frequently invited to attend literary festivals, and give talks in libraries and bookshops. Most of these engagements involve travelling, and when I’m on a train or a plane journey, I usually take the opportunity to do some writing. Sometimes when I’m out and about on the road, I might sit and work in a café. It can be quite relaxing to sit in a corner and work without any interruptions. The truth is, I can write anywhere in the world, because my...

Author Work Space: Kate Mosse Apr26

Author Work Space: Kate Mosse

I can write anywhere -airports, parks, hotel rooms, trains, cafes, bus stations …. But, it’s great to be home, at my own desk in Sussex (a couple of miles from where The Taxidermist’s Daughter is set on the South Coast of England!)  My study is on the ground floor and has windows on three sides. I work very early in the day –  usually, I start writing at about 4am with a pot of strong, sweet black coffee – so I get to see the sun rise through the double windows . On the shelf are my Father’s WWII binoculars and my mother’s favourite Lladro sculpture, together with a black & white photograph of...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door Apr26

…and take their good liquor on the way out the doo...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door. I love to write. I love throwing myself into an alternate reality, rooting through my imagination and digging out things that amuse, surprise or even alarm me. I love when a line pops into my head and makes me laugh out loud. I want to run out my door and read it to someone. Of course, I have to make them sit still for the 50 pages of backstory that lead up to the line, but I’m willing to do that. I love that my series requires my protagonist to “MacGyver” weapons and concoct escapes with nothing but what is at hand. Although, that has proven to be problematic. There was the time I was...