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Manatee Springs Florida

4 More Gorgeous Spots to Read in Florida

Since many of my mystery and thriller books are set in Florida, I told you last time about 3 of the best spots to read in Florida. But Florida has so much to offer, I couldn’t stop at three. Here are 4 more of the best spots in Florida for bookworms to settle in with […]

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3 Gorgeous Spots to Read in Florida

Pop Quiz! What pairs well with beaches? What pairs well with sitting outside during mild winter days? What’s the best activity during a thunderstorm? What’s the best way to wind down after a long, magical day at Disney? If you guessed “reading” for all four questions, you are correct! And that, ladies and gentlemen, makes […]

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New Cryptic Email Involves Judge Carson

New Willa Carson Short Available NOW! I don’t know about you, but for me, this month has flown by. I’ve been working hard at the keyboard most of the month and I’m pleased to say that I finished and submitted the next Michael Flint book to my editor. As soon as they tell me a […]

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Key West, Florida

5 Ways To Live Like a Snowbird From Anywhere

As the dead of winter freezes in around us, I come to a full appreciation of the snowbird lifestyle I’ve chosen to embrace. I’m from Michigan, and I live there part of the year, but during the colder months I’m able to flock down to Florida. As an author, I’m convinced that the change of […]

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Thonotosassa, Florida

Florida as a murder site? What gives?

I love Florida. I know, I know— who doesn’t? But bear with me. I’m not talking only about Disney World and the beaches. As a mystery writer, I try to peer into the darker side of Florida, which is part of the intrigue! I’m not from Florida. In fact, I’m a proud, self-professed snowbird. Although […]

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Washington Harbor Ice Skating

If My Characters Had Winter Break: Traditions Around the States

This time of year I’m especially appreciative of Florida. Largely for the same reasons many of my books take place in Florida. The high today is 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)— and it’s almost December! Just like Florida can do a mean Halloween, Florida can pull off a heck of a holiday/Christmas/winter celebration, too! One […]

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Florida Can Do Halloween, Too!

What are the Halloween traditions where you live? In Florida, where many of my books take place, it doesn’t always feel the way you might expect a typical Halloween to feel. The average temperature on Halloween in Tampa is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The record low was in 1963 at 43 degrees, and the record high was in 1971 […]

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Hemingway’s Secret Getaway: #Michigan

I think it goes without saying: Ernest Hemingway’s most famous home is the one in Key West, Florida. But as a snowbird, I’ve got feelers up here in Michigan, and I’m at least as familiar with Hemingway’s time around the Great Lakes State as I am with his famous Key West home. Hemingway was born in […]

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Siesta Key Florida

Happy 100th Birthday, John D. MacDonald!

The great author John D. MacDonald would have turned 100 years old this coming Sunday, July 24th. If you love thrillers like me, one obvious way to celebrate is by reading a John D. MacDonald book or short story. But it’s also appropriate to celebrate by reflecting on his life, his influences, and his legacy. […]

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Key Lime Pie at Festival

Why We NEED To Attend The Key Lime Festival Next Year

Key West holds a Key Lime Festival every year. How did we miss this?! This year it’s July 2-4, 2016… but I wonder if it’s too early to sign up for next year?! As a snowbird, I spend much of the year in Florida, which means I’ve taken my fair share of trips to Key […]

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