Glen Orbik: 1963– 2015 May12

Glen Orbik: 1963– 2015

You may not know the name Glen Orbik, but if you enjoy the books of Hard Case Crime, you certainly know his work. Glen was responsible for over two dozen HCC covers, including Stephen King (JOYLAND, THE COLORADO KID), Christa Faust (MONEY SHOT, CHOKE HOLD) and Lawrence Block (THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES). On Monday, Glen passed away after a long battle with cancer. Glen studied the California Art Institute under the renowned Fred Fixler and eventually taking over some of his classes as he got older. Glen first wanted to draw superheros and ultimately did do some of that, drawing for Marvel, DC and Vertigo. He also did art for DVDs such...

Ruth Rendell: 1930-2015 May09

Ruth Rendell: 1930-2015

As many of you likely know, Mystery legend Ruth Rendell passed away last Saturday, she was 85. Words like legend and icon are often tossed about without much care, but Ruth Rendell is worthy of each. Her writing career spans six decades, consisting of 64 novels and a number of short story collections, and saw her accumulate awards the some people do shoes. Among her awards/honors are 3 Edgars (Mystery Writers of America), 4 Gold Daggers (Crime Writers’ Association),the Silver Dagger, The Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement (Mystery Writers of America), Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and Cartier Diamond Dagger for a...

M.E. May and Her Special Writing Place Apr04

M.E. May and Her Special Writing Place

An author’s workspace is full of his or her personality. In my case, I prefer to have things around me which give me pleasure. I have a small bookcase filled with some of my favorite books with my 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel sitting on top where I can see it. The latter inspires me to keep writing and striving for that next award. I have a bulletin board with a mixture of personal and work related items. There are photos of pets, people, dragons, and a few gifts from fans. A map of Indianapolis which is now hidden by character notes for my next Circle City Mystery novel helps me with locations. I also printed a favorite I found on...

Author Work Space: C.J. Box Mar14

Author Work Space: C.J. Box

C.J. Box has been kind enough to give us a glimpse into his office. In addition to his loyal canine pals, you can see a number of his awards, including a Best Novel Edgar (for BLUE HEAVEN) on the shelves in the upper right hand corner. ENDANGERED (Check out Elise’s review here), the 15th book in the Joe Pickett series, has just been released and is available at all respectable stores and sites. She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been...

Author Work-spaces: Connie Knight Jan31

Author Work-spaces: Connie Knight

My office has two desks, each lined up against the other on the opposite wall. One desk holds a computer; it’s flanked by large file cabinets. The other one holds stacks of paper for research and writing. Above it is a magazine rack; there is a tall bookcase on each side. Their shelves are full of mystery novels and Texas history. A comfortable chair rolls back and forth from one desk to the other. I write at one desk and type at the other—not at the same time. Most of my apartment serves as an office. When I walk to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, I think about what I’m working on. Something may generate as I walk back to the desk. The...

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn Nov29

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn

My diamond workspace I work in a diamond-shaped room, roughly ten by ten feet. And when I say diamond-shaped I really mean it. Not like the diamond on a playing card (basically a slightly stretched square turned on its point) but the precious sort. You know, flat at the top with two really short sides at each end and two really long ones forming a downward triangle. The sort a crook holds up to the light in a bad heist movie. The funny thing is that I’ve only just realized it now, while writing this text. Five years of being in here, all day most days, and I pretty much thought it was square. How’s that for observant? I should be a writer…...