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Music, Music, Music…and Books ~ by Catherine Astolfo

“She looks like a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone.” What does this tell you about the character of a woman who thinks this about her friend? (Especially since that friend has just careened off their balcony to … Continue reading

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Writing Historical Fiction: Part II – by Sylvia M. Warsh

How can we understand the world today unless we explore the past? I write historical fiction to try to understand why things happened. Lucky for me, I love doing research, though it’s a lot like eating potato chips. Once you … Continue reading

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BLOODY WORDS 2014

Greetings Readers! Bloody Words, Canada’s national crime writers’ conference, takes place in Toronto, June 6 to 8, 2014. The Mesdames of Mayhem are taking it by storm! Mme Cheryl Freedman is not only the chair of the BW Board of … Continue reading

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Sex in Fiction ~ Caro Soles, December 3, 2013

There is a word in the English language that is capable of turning perfectly articulate people into stammering, red-faced teenaged versions of their adult selves. I found this out early when I began teaching the Writing a Novel course I … Continue reading

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ROUSING PRINT LAUNCH FOR THIRTEEN ~ M.H. Callway, Nov. 26, 2013

On October 27th, the fabulous Mesdames of Mayhem celebrated the print launch of their first anthology, Thirteen, at their favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street. The serendipitous and ghostly collision of date and title made the Halloween theme a no-brainer! … Continue reading

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The Funny Side of Crime ~ Lynne Murphy, November 12, 2013

Humour is like sex. Once you start to analyze it, you take all the fun out of it. Be that as it may, The Mesdames have asked me to write about humour in crime and I decided to think about … Continue reading

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From the Desk of the Editor: When You Can’t Afford an Editor ~ Cheryl Freedman, Nov.8/13

Hiring an editor can be very expensive , especially if you hire the editor too early in the writing process, i.e., when your manuscript is in very rough first draft form. I’m talking here about such basic writing mistakes as … Continue reading

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Party-Hearty (Cyber-Style) ~ Joan O’Callaghan, September 24, 2013

With more books being published electronically, a host of new words has entered our everyday vocabulary, and with them, some interesting challenges! How does an author generate buzz about a newly published e-book and gain sales, aside from notifying all … Continue reading

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Bad Girl’s Tricks for Writing with Kids ~ Melodie Campbell, September 20

IN THE WRITING TRENCHES: Rules for Moms Okay, these are not the definitive rules for Writer-Moms. I would never claim to be an expert. But I did raise two kids while writing stand-up on the side and penning a syndicated … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Successful Book Tour ~ Barbara Fradkin, September 14

Last August my friend Vicki Delany and I decided to do a book tour in Northern Canada. She had three books in her comic Klondike Gold Rush series set in Dawson City, Yukon, and my upcoming Inspector Green novel, THE … Continue reading

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