As a mystery author, I’m convinced that the greater the variety of facts you know, the more intrigue it’s possible to insert into a story. My books take place all around the world, from Florida to Michigan to Rome. You’d be surprised what kind of details come into play sometimes when I’m researching and writing […]
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For the Love of Cars: Why Michigan?
New Mystery: Stunned Reporter Asks Judge for Help
It’s a mini-holiday in my world today. It’s New Short Read Release Day! Introducing … the newest exciting short read! A Judge Willa Carson thriller … Fair Justice! Join me in celebrating this new release When a young reporter assigned to cover Judge Willa Carson’s courtroom for the local television station is sent on a […]
Do We Have A Liar On Our Hands?
Americans pride themselves on freedom of speech. But of course, freedom to speak doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. There are limits. Certain words are banned from certain television stations, you can’t make statements that are likely to incite violent actions (like shouting “fire!” in a public theater), and libel and slander are punishable under the […]
Famous Motown Spots in Michigan
You know Motown is a portmanteau, right? I only know the word because I’m from Michigan, and draw on the state’s history in the books I write. A portmanteau in this case is when you blend two words to make a new word. Like ‘spork’, or ‘liger.’ In this case, ‘motor’ and ‘town’ join to form Motown, […]
A Wine Lover’s Guide to Michigan
According to Wine Enthusiast magazine, Michigan is one of the most notable regions in the world where wine is on the rise. This thrills me, not only as a wine lover, but also as a Michigan native and as a snowbird who spends my summers in Traverse City. And it’s extra exciting since my Judge […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How Did Hemingway Get Any Writing Done?!?
I’ve written several times about real life homes of famous authors: Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to name a couple. But there’s another author who is famous for his home… You know who I’m talking about, right? The home is in Key West, and the writer is Ernest Hemingway. The novelist was born in […]
5 Inventions That Are SO Florida
You know I love Florida, which is why a lot of my books are set in the Sunshine State. Judge Willa Carson of my Hunt for Justice Mystery Series has a beautiful home on Plant Key, but it’s hard to keep her inside for long. During her internship at the TV news station in Tampa, […]
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